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Experimental and Numerical Analysis of Recovery Stress in Ni47Ti44Nb9 Shape Memory Alloys: Application to Tightening

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Boris Piotrowski, Etienne Patoor

Arts et Metiers Paristech, Metz, France

Tarak Ben-Zineb

Nancy University, Vandoeuvre-les-Nancy, France

Andre Eberhardt

Paul Verlaine University, Metz, France

Paper No. SMASIS2010-3693, pp. 97-103; 7 pages
  • ASME 2010 Conference on Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures and Intelligent Systems
  • ASME 2010 Conference on Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures and Intelligent Systems, Volume 1
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, September 28–October 1, 2010
  • Conference Sponsors: Aerospace Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4415-1 | eISBN: 978-0-7918-3886-0
  • Copyright © 2010 by ASME


Ni47 Ti44 Nb9 Shape Memory Alloys (SMAs) are widely considered for tightening applications. The alloy is composed of a NiTi SMA matrix containing niobium precipitates. A specific thermomechanical treatment strongly increases the transformation hysteresis in these alloys, what improves the tightening efficiency. Tightening pressures exhibited by Ni47 Ti44 Nb9 rings are experimentally investigated. Strain gage measurements allow to monitor the tightening pressure using a home test bed. Evolutions with temperature are recorded. A thermo-mechanical constitutive law, specific for Ni47 Ti44 Nb9 , is proposed. It is based on the Mori-Tanaka scale transition technique by considering the precipitates as elastic-plastic inclusions embedded in the SMA matrix. The resulting effective law is implemented, and validated in ABAQUS via UMAT subroutine. Experimental tests are simulated by Finite Element Modeling, and comparisons are performed.

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