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Metastable effects onmartensitic transformation in SMA

Part 4. Thermomechanical properties of CuAlBe and NiTi observations for dampers in family houses

Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry
Authors: C. Auguet, A. Isalgué, F. Lovey, F. Martorell, and V. Torra

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The behavior of shape memory alloys (SMA) allows their use as a passive smart material. In particular, the existence of a hysteretic cycle in the domain of the elementary coordinates strain-stress-temperature (σ, ε, T) suggests its application for damping in mechanical and/or in civil engineering. We are working in the application of SMA as dampers for earthquakes in small houses as family homes. For dampers installed in the inner porticos of the house, the suggested SMA is the CuAlBe and, eventually, the NiTi. At room temperature the used SMA wires induces forces situated between 2–3kN/wire. The properties related with the damping applications for CuAlBe and NiTi, i.e., the SMA creep and the self-heating will be presented, together with some other minor stress and temperature effects on NiTi modifying the hysteretic behavior.

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The transition temperatures and ageing of shape memory alloys (SMA) depend on the chemical composition and purity. Methods for the deterrnination of trace impurities, doping and major elements in NiTi, CuZnAl and CuNiAl were developed using neutron activation analysis and -spectroscopy. For traces in Zn containing alloys, a chemical separation based on anion exchange resins was developed. Multielement analysis leads to detection limits ranging from 0.0001 to 1 g·g–1. For major elements, optimization of the irradiation and spectrometry parameters enables standard deviation better than 0.5%.

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Adaptive or smart hybrid composites consisting of a polymer matrix reinforced by aramid fibres and incorporating pre-strained Shape Memory Alloy (SMA) wires are able to tune some of their properties, such as their shape, the natural vibration frequency or the damping coefficient, in response to an external stimulus. The functional properties of these systems are directly related to the reversible martensitic transformation in the SMA elements. In this work the transformational behaviour of both free SMA wires and SMA wires embedded in polymer matrix is investigated by means of DSC. The martensitic transformation of the constrained wires is impeded by the polymer matrix, while the interface integrity plays a crucial role.

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Metastable effects on martensitic transformation in SMA

Part III. Tentative temperature effects in a NiTi alloy

Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry
Authors: C. Auguet, A. Isalgue, F. Lovey, J. Pelegrina, S. Ruiz, and V. Torra

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The applicability of shape memory alloys (SMA) for dampers in civil engineering requires guaranteed behavior with well controlled or irrelevant changes after several years of inactivity and/or under the action of daily or seasonal temperature effects. The long time analysis of the aging temperature effects on a NiTi alloy shows similar behavior to other SMA but with higher time constants at temperatures near 373 K: 1.9 days at 410 K and near 100 days at 363 K with an activation energy value near 12500 K (RT=104 kJ mol−1). At the present state of the art, the measurements show that the change of transformation temperatures under the action of the external temperature (or ‘room temperature’ change) is close to 15 K. The direct use of the as furnished material can suffer relevant changes of working properties in devices under the action of direct sunlight or high room temperature working conditions.

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Metastable effects on martensitic transformation in SMA

Part II. The grain growth effects in Cu-Al-Be alloy

Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry
Authors: A. Sepulveda, R. Muñoz, F. Lovey, C. Auguet, A. Isalgue, and V. Torra

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The efficiency of shape memory alloy (SMA) as damper and/or standard actuator is truly enhanced when the material can be cycled without any relevant accumulation of the permanent deformation (i.e. under 0.5% for several hundreds of cycles). The particular properties of the CuAlBe alloy permit relevant grain growth with reasonable reduction of mechanical properties (from 300–350 to 250–300 MPa at fracture). Samples prepared with an appropriate heat thermal treatment (HTT) and relevant mean diameter of grain avoids accumulative deformation for series of cycles (near 500) up to 3.5% of deformation. The analysis of different wires of CuAlBe alloy shows, in the first part of HTT, a proportionality between the grain surface and the time at 1123 K. In the last part of the HTT the grain growth shows an increased complexity related with interactions between the grain boundaries and the external surface of the samples.

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In this study, we present the thermo-mechanical characterization of snake-like shape memory alloy (SMA) NiTi wires. Several samples were formed at different thermal treatments and analyzed through calorimetry and thermo-mechanical tests. It was found that for small deformations the snake-like SMA wire behaves as a quasi-elastic material, presenting the flag-shape pseudoelastic behavior at high thermal treatment temperatures. The mechanical performance seems to depend basically on the snake geometry instead on the thermal treatment; only for the 773 K treatment sample the performance rapidly gets worse. Stabilization is reached in few cycles. After the thermo-mechanical characterization, we studied the performance of the snake-like SMA wire mounted in a miniature rotational actuator, suggesting an innovative application in the actuator field.

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Quenching of the eutectoidal composition of the shape memory alloys (SMA’s) allowed us to display the gradual transition of the martensitic structure as a function of the composition. Indeed, we have verified that for low Al and Ni percentages, the martensite structure obtained is β′, while, for high Al and Ni (Al<13.3 mass%) contents, the martensite structure is essentially of β1′ type. Elsewhere, we have observed that a nickel addition (<4.3 mass%) operates simultaneously on the composition of the eutectoidal pointand the domain of the different martensitic structures types. During reheating of the quenched structure, the transformation sequences of the martensite to the parent phase (β1), then the decomposition of the later phase into the equilibrium phases, and finally, the redissolution of all phases to form the β phase at high temperature, are rather similar.

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Shape memory alloys (SMA) are interesting for applications in damping of civil engineering structures. To achieve the SMA as a guaranteed material for damping of structures requires a reliability study of the static and dynamic properties adapted to each type of application. Here we present static (temperature and time effects) and dynamic actions in pseudo-elastic NiTi SMA. We concern with long time effects of temperature and time mainly in beta phase. NiTi results are presented, including measurements of electrical resistance as a function of temperature and time, DSC to −80°C (TA Instruments), non-conventional conduction calorimetry (to 80 K), and several X-ray diffraction spectra at different temperatures. Diffusion effects are present, and all the measurements show that transformation temperatures change with time of aging even at moderate temperatures (i.e., near 100°C), depending on time and temperature. It is possible to visualize the diffusion change in the R phase transformation via classical X-ray characterization. We include some results of pre-stressing effects applying the stress at different zones of the hysteresis cycle. The experimental analysis shows that coupling between stress and temperature enhances the changes. For long times (10, 20 years) and direct sunny actions, more deep analysis is required. Finally, some dynamic effects in cycling affecting the SMA creep are outlined.

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Metastable effects on martensitic transformation in SMA

Part VIII. Temperature effects on cycling

Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry
Authors: V. Torra, C. Auguet, A. Isalgue, F. Lovey, A. Sepulveda, and H. Soul

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The use of Shape Memory Alloys (SMA) in technical applications as damping in civil engineering structures requires the characterization of the alloy for each specific application. This involves the evolution of the mechanical properties and damping capacity with the number of cycles, frequency, maximum deformation, applied stresses, and the evolution of the alloy with aging time and temperature. In particular, the temperature effects associated to self-heating need to be evaluated. In continuous cycling the effects of latent heat, the associated dissipation induced by the hysteresis, the heat flow to surroundings and the cycling frequency induce different states of temperature in the specimen, which in turn produces changes in the transformation-retransformation stresses. In this article, the temperature effects associated to cycling are outlined for different cycling frequencies. The results show that, for relatively faster frequency the temperature arrives at an oscillatory state superimposed to an exponential increase. For lower frequencies, some parts of the sample attain temperatures below room temperature. The experimental results are represented with an elementary model (the 1-body model or the Tian equation used in calorimetric representation) of heat transfer. For the higher fracture where life requirements are associated to damping in stayed cables for bridges, the results show (for the NiTi alloy) a reduction of the hysteresis width as the frequency increases for deformations up to 8%. For reduced deformation, under 2% appears an asymptotic behavior where the frictional area is practically independent of the cycling frequency (up to 20 Hz). In addition, it is shown that more than 4 million of working cycles can be attained if the maximum applied stress is kept below a threshold of about 200 MPa. Although under this condition the deformation must remain lower than 2% a reasonable damping capacity can still be obtained.

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The unusual mechanical properties (i.e. shape memory effect and superelasticity) of shape memory alloys (SMA) rely on the thermoelastic martensitic transformation (TMT) which is a first-order solid-solid, non-diffusive phase transition, athermal in character. Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) is often used as a convenient method of investigating the thermal properties ofSMAs. The common practice of standard temperature calibration, required for a correct instrument performance, is here critically discussed in relation to the study of both the direct exothermic transformation on cooling, and the reverse endothermic transformation on heating in a NiTiSMA. The DSC results show that, with the standard temperature calibration, the instrument is calibrated on heating but un-calibrated on cooling. A general method is advanced to overcome this problem, intrinsically related to the dynamic character of DSC.

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