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Phase Transformation Temperatures for Shape Memory Alloy Wire

By Tan Wee Choon, Abdul Saad Salleh, Saifulnizan Jamian and Mohd Imran Ghazali

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Abstract—Phase transformation temperature is one of the most important parameters for the shape memory alloys (SMAs). The most popular method to determine these phase transformation temperatures is the Differential Scanning Calorimeter (DSC), but due to the limitation of the DSC testing itself, it made it difficult for the finished product which is not in the powder form. A novel method which uses the Universal Testing Machine has been conducted to determine the phase transformation temperatures. The Flexinol wire was applied with force and maintained throughout the experiment and at the same time it was heated up slowly until a temperature of approximately 100 0 C with direct current. The direct current was then slowly decreased to cool down the temperature of the Flexinol wire. All the phase transformation temperatures for Flexinol wire were obtained. The austenite start at 52.54 0 C and austenite finish at 60.90 0 C, while martensite start at 44.78 0 C and martensite finish a

Topics: Robotic, Shape memory alloy, Universal Testing Machine
Year: 2011
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