A review of shape memory alloy research, applications and opportunities

Mohd Jani, J, Leary, M, Subic, A and Gibson, M 2014, 'A review of shape memory alloy research, applications and opportunities', Materials and Design, vol. 56, pp. 1078-1113.


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Title A review of shape memory alloy research, applications and opportunities
Author(s) Mohd Jani, J
Leary, M
Subic, A
Gibson, M
Year 2014
Journal name Materials and Design
Volume number 56
Start page 1078
End page 1113
Total pages 36
Publisher Elsevier
Abstract Shape memory alloys (SMAs) belong to a class of shape memory materials (SMMs), which have the ability to 'memorise' or retain their previous form when subjected to certain stimulus such as thermomechanical or magnetic variations. SMAs have drawn significant attention and interest in recent years in a broad range of commercial applications, due to their unique and superior properties; this commercial development has been supported by fundamental and applied research studies. This work describes the attributes of SMAs that make them ideally suited to actuators in various applications, and addresses their associated limitations to clarify the design challenges faced by SMA developers. This work provides a timely review of recent SMA research and commercial applications, with over 100 state-of-the-art patents; which are categorised against relevant commercial domains and rated according to design objectives of relevance to these domains (particularly automotive, aerospace, robotic and biomedical). Although this work presents an extensive review of SMAs, other categories of SMMs are also discussed; including a historical overview, summary of recent advances and new application opportunities.
Subject Mechanical Engineering not elsewhere classified
Keyword(s) Shape memory alloy
Shape memory materials
Automotive
Aerospace
Biomedical
Robotics
DOI - identifier 10.1016/j.matdes.2013.11.084
Copyright notice © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
ISSN 0264-1275
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