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A Bi-Stable von-Mises Truss for Morphing Applications Actuated Using Shape Memory Alloys

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Silvestro Barbarino, Farhan S. Gandhi

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY

Rodolphe Visdeloup

Supmeca, Toulon, France

Paper No. SMASIS2013-3062, pp. V001T01A004; 11 pages
  • ASME 2013 Conference on Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures and Intelligent Systems
  • Volume 1: Development and Characterization of Multifunctional Materials; Modeling, Simulation and Control of Adaptive Systems; Integrated System Design and Implementation
  • Snowbird, Utah, USA, September 16–18, 2013
  • Conference Sponsors: Aerospace Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5603-1
  • Copyright © 2013 by ASME


The present study focuses on a bi-stable von-Mises truss (VMT), with integrated Shape Memory Alloy (SMA) wires which are resistively heated to provide the actuation force to transition the VMT from one stable equilibrium condition to the other, and back. This coupled VMT-SMA system can potentially be used in structural morphing applications. The paper considers in detail the design of the system, equilibrium between the VMT and the SMA wires, the initial pre-stress required in the two SMA wires, explains how the active (heated) SMA wire drives the VMT beyond the unstable equilibrium state, and the VMT in moving to the second stable equilibrium state pre-stresses the passive (unheated) SMA wire. The two SMA wires switch roles in moving the VMT back from the second to the first stable equilibrium state. A prototype is designed and fabricated and the transition of the VMT from one equilibrium state to the other, and back, is experimentally demonstrated. The governing differential equation representing the VMT behavior is coupled with equations representing the SMA behavior based on the Brinson thermo-mechanical model. The numerical predictions of system displacements versus temperature and time show good correlation with experimental results.

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