Design and Thermo-Mechanical Characterization of NiTi Smart Composites
Final rept. 1 May 1999-1 Jul 2000
MICHIGAN UNIV ANN ARBOR DEPT OF AEROSPACE ENGINEERING
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This report describes research performed over 15 months to investigate the issues associated with the design and characterization of composite elements with embedded shape memory alloy SMA elements. The ultimate objective was to design structural elements that have adaptive capabilities. This exploratory effort addressed the choice of constituent materials and their characterization, certain manufacturing issues, and transformation fronts in an SMA fiber. It also assessed a simple approach based on a shear-lag analysis to determine critical geometric parameters for the design of unidirectional SMA fiberelastic matrix active composites.
- Laminates and Composite Materials
- Miscellaneous Materials