Accession Number:

ADA556967

Title:

Modeling and Bayesian Parameter Estimation for Shape Memory Alloy Bending Actuators

Descriptive Note:

Technical rept.

Corporate Author:

NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIV AT RALEIGH CENTER FOR RESEARCH IN SCIENTIFIC COMPUTATION

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2012-02-01

Pagination or Media Count:

12.0

Abstract:

In this paper, we employ a homogenized energy model HEM for shape memory alloy SMA bending actuators. Additionally, we utilize a Bayesian method for quantifying parameter uncertainty. The system consists of a SMA wire attached to a flexible beam. As the actuator is heated, the beam bends, providing endoscopic motion. The model parameters are fit to experimental data using an ordinary least-squares approach. The uncertainty in the fit model parameters is then quantified using Markov Chain Monte Carlo MCMC methods. The MCMC algorithm provides bounds on the parameters, which will ultimately be used in robust control algorithms. One purpose of the paper is to test the feasibility of the Random Walk Metropolis algorithm, the MCMC method used here.

Subject Categories:

  • Properties of Metals and Alloys
  • Statistics and Probability

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE