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Controller Development for an Automotive Shape Memory Alloy Actuator

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Eric A. Williams

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA

Mohammad Elahinia

University of Toledo, Toledo, OH

Thomas M. Seigler

University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY

Paper No. IMECE2007-43420, pp. 349-354; 6 pages
  • ASME 2007 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 10: Mechanics of Solids and Structures, Parts A and B
  • Seattle, Washington, USA, November 11–15, 2007
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4304-1 | eISBN: 0-7918-3812-9
  • Copyright © 2007 by ASME


Shape memory alloy actuators are inherently nonlinear and require a robust control scheme to guarantee rapid tracking and sufficient position control performance. In this paper, a control scheme is developed for an automotive shape memory alloy actuator that is used to orient an external rear view mirror to match desired set-points. The formulation of appropriate models and control laws are presented. Experiments of the controller in a real-time environment are performed and results are presented.

Copyright © 2007 by ASME



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