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Design and numerical evaluation of an innovative multi-directional shape memory alloy damper
Author(s): Wenjie Ren; Hongnan Li; Gangbing Song
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Paper Abstract

Superelastic shape memory alloy (SMA) is a potential candidate for use in structure damping devices due to its unique mechanical properties. In order to mitigate the vibration of a structure subjected to earthquake tremors from different directions, an innovative, multi-directional SMA-based damper is advanced. The damper, with two movable cylinders attached to four groups of SMA strands arranged in a radial symmetry, can not only function in a plane, but also can work vertically and rotationally. Based on experimentation, the Graesser model of superelastic SMA is determined. By analyzing the damper's mechanism working in different directions, the corresponding theoretical models are developed. Numerical simulations are conducted to attain the damper's hysteresis. Working in a plane, the damper, with a 3% initial strain, provides a rectangular hysteresis with the maximum amount of damping. A rectangular flag hysteresis can be supplied in the absence of a pre-stress in the wires, going through the origin with a moderate amount of energy dissipation and higher force capacity. Moreover, the damper has better working capacities (i.e. force, stroke and energy dissipation) if the deflection is parallel to the internal bisectors of the tension axes. Working vertically or rotationally, similar triangular flag hysteresis is generated with small energy dissipation and a self-centering capacity. For a given deflection, the initial strain (3%) increases the force of the damper, but decreases its stroke.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 April 2007
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 6525, Active and Passive Smart Structures and Integrated Systems 2007, 65251M (27 April 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.715141
Show Author Affiliations
Wenjie Ren, Dalian Univ. of Technology (China)
Hebei Univ. of Technology (China)
Hongnan Li, Dalian Univ. of Technology (China)
Gangbing Song, Univ. of Houston (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6525:
Active and Passive Smart Structures and Integrated Systems 2007
Yuji Matsuzaki; Mehdi Ahmadian; Donald J. Leo, Editor(s)

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