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Modeling of Ferromagnetic Shape Memory Alloy Based Transducers for Electro-Hydraulic Actuators

[+] Author Affiliations
Honghao Tan, Mohammad H. Elahinia

University of Toledo

Paper No. IMECE2005-80049, pp. 111-120; 10 pages
  • ASME 2005 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Aerospace
  • Orlando, Florida, USA, November 5 – 11, 2005
  • Conference Sponsors: Aerospace Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4210-X | eISBN: 0-7918-3769-6
  • Copyright © 2005 by ASME


Ferromagnetic Shape Memory Alloys (FSMAs) like Ni-Mn-Ga have attracted significant attention over the past few years. What makes these materials attractive as actuators is their high energy density, large stroke, and high bandwidth. Among other applications, these properties make FSMAs potentially candidates for developing lightweight Electro-Hydraulic Actuators (EHA). The role of the FSMA transducer is to provide the mechanical energy by the linear displacement in the EHA. In order to develop effective FSMA-based transducers, it is important to study their dynamic behavior. In this paper a dynamic model is presented for a Ni-Mn-Ga transducer. The transducer consists of the Ni-Mn-Ga material, a linear spring, Helmholtz coils, and a soft iron housing. An enhanced phenomenological model is also presented in this work to describe the strain output of the actuator in the response to the magnetic field strength. Using this model the effect of design parameters on the performance of the actuator is studied.

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