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FEM Simulation of a Magnetic Shape Memory Foil Actuator Under Different Loading Conditions

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B. Krevet, M. Kohl, V. Pinneker

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Karlsruhe, Germany

Paper No. SMASIS2011-5052, pp. 397-402; 6 pages
  • ASME 2011 Conference on Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures and Intelligent Systems
  • ASME 2011 Conference on Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures and Intelligent Systems, Volume 1
  • Scottsdale, Arizona, USA, September 18–21, 2011
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5471-6
  • Copyright © 2011 by ASME


This paper presents a finite element model and simulation results on the performance of a novel linear actuator using the magnetic shape memory (MSM) effect in a Ni-Mn-Ga foil loaded by a mechanical spring. We present finite element simulations with a material model based on the thermodynamic Gibbs free energy in a finite element program (FEM) using beam elements, which is combined with an integral magnetic solver. The simulations qualitatively describe the observed tensile stress-dependence of magneto strain of a first demonstrator of a MSM foil actuator. We demonstrate that complete reversible cycles of the magnetic field induced strain are possible if the spring is preloaded to induce a prestress in the foil. The effect of inhomogeneous material on variant reorientation and corresponding magneto strain are discussed.

Copyright © 2011 by ASME



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