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Modeling and testing of shape memory alloy chiral honeycomb structures
Author(s): F. Scarpa; M. R. Hassan; M. Ruzzene
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Paper Abstract

Shape memory alloy honeycombs are constitute a novel set of cellular structures developed by the authors using initially centersymmetric honeycomb configurations (hexagonal ones), and pseudo-plastic Nitinol ribbons as core. Chiral honeycomb structures feature a noncentresymmetric unit cell configuration, with rotational symmetry only and in-plane Poisson's ratio equal to -1. Nonlinear unit cell FE models of these chiral honeycombs have been developed using the formulation proposed by Auricchio et al. related to pseudo-elastic and superelastic SMA materials. The numerical results are compared with experimental ones from tensile tests of chiral honeycomb samples subjected to uniaxial tensile loading at full martensite phase, and analytical results from the model proposed by Prall and Lakes on hexachiral configurations. A working prototype of a deployable antenna made out hexachiiral cells with 1-way SMA ribbon is also described.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 April 2006
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 6170, Smart Structures and Materials 2006: Active Materials: Behavior and Mechanics, 61700W (6 April 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.658441
Show Author Affiliations
F. Scarpa, Univ. of Bristol (United Kingdom)
M. R. Hassan, Univ. of Sheffield (United Kingdom)
M. Ruzzene, Georgia Institute of Technology (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6170:
Smart Structures and Materials 2006: Active Materials: Behavior and Mechanics
William D. Armstrong, Editor(s)

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