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Finite element analysis of adaptive-stiffening and shape-control SMA hybrid composites
Author(s): Xiujie Gao; Travis L. Turner; Deborah Burton; L. Catherine Brinson
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Paper Abstract

The usage of shape memory materials has extended rapidly to many fields, including medical devices, actuators, composites, structures and MEMS devices. For these various applications, shape memory alloys (SMAs) are available in various forms: bulk, wire, ribbon, thin film, and porous. In this work, the focus is on SMA hybrid composites with adaptive-stiffening or morphing functions. These composites are created by using SMA ribbons or wires embedded in a polymeric based composite panel/beam. Adaptive stiffening or morphing is activated via selective resistance heating or uniform thermal loads. To simulate the thermomechanical behavior of these composites, a SMA model was implemented using ABAQUS' user element interface and finite element simulations of the systems were studied. Several examples are presented which show that the implemented model can be a very useful design and simulation tool for SMA hybrid composites.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 May 2005
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 5761, Smart Structures and Materials 2005: Active Materials: Behavior and Mechanics, (16 May 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.624676
Show Author Affiliations
Xiujie Gao, Northwestern Univ. (United States)
Travis L. Turner, NASA Langley Research Ctr. (United States)
Deborah Burton, Northwestern Univ. (United States)
L. Catherine Brinson, Northwestern Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5761:
Smart Structures and Materials 2005: Active Materials: Behavior and Mechanics
William D. Armstrong, Editor(s)

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