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A free energy model for thin-film shape memory alloys
Author(s): Jordan E. Massad; Ralph C. Smith; Gregory Paul Carman
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Paper Abstract

Thin-film shape memory alloys (SMAs) have become excellent candidates for microactuator fabrication in MEMS. We develop a material model based on free energy principles combined with stochastic homogenization techniqies. In the first step of the development, we construct free energies and develop phase fraction and thermal evolution laws for homogeneous, single-crystal SMAs. Second, we extend the single-crystal model to accomodate material inhomogeneities and polycrystalline compounds. The combined model predicts rate-dependent, uniaxial SMA deformations due to applied stress and temperature. Moreover, the model admits a low-order formulation that is suitable for subsequent control design. We illustrate aspects of the model through comparison with thin-film NiTi superelastic hysteresis data.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 August 2003
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 5049, Smart Structures and Materials 2003: Modeling, Signal Processing, and Control, (1 August 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.484017
Show Author Affiliations
Jordan E. Massad, North Carolina State Univ. (United States)
Ralph C. Smith, North Carolina State Univ. (United States)
Gregory Paul Carman, Univ. of California, Los Angeles (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5049:
Smart Structures and Materials 2003: Modeling, Signal Processing, and Control
Ralph C. Smith, Editor(s)

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