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Shape memory actuator systems and the use of thermoelectric modules
Author(s): Robert T. Ruggeri; A. Dean Jacot; Dan J. Clingman
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Paper Abstract

Thermally activated shape memory materials have been employed as actuators fora number of years. They are generally activated by electrical resistance heaters, or sometimes by direct electrical resistance. Thermoelectric modules can also provide activation energy, and they provide several unique advantages over the more conventional heating methods. Antagonistic Shape Memory Actuator systems, the utilization of thermoelectric modules as heaters, and the advantages and practical approaches for utilizing actuators employing thermoelectrics are discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 July 2002
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 4698, Smart Structures and Materials 2002: Industrial and Commercial Applications of Smart Structures Technologies, (9 July 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.475086
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Robert T. Ruggeri, Boeing Phantom Works (United States)
A. Dean Jacot, Boeing Phantom Works (United States)
Dan J. Clingman, Boeing Phantom Works (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4698:
Smart Structures and Materials 2002: Industrial and Commercial Applications of Smart Structures Technologies
Anna-Maria Rivas McGowan, Editor(s)

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