Modeling of the magnetic field-induced martensitic variant reorientation and the associated magnetic shape memory effect in MSMAs Conference Paper uri icon


  • This work is concerned with the magnetic field-induced rearrangement of martensitic variants in magnetic shape memory alloys (MSMAs). In addition to the variant reorientation, the rotation of the magnetization and magnetic domain wall motion are considered as the microstructural mechanisms causing the macroscopically observable constitutive response. The considered free energy terms are the elastic strain energy, the Zeeman energy and the magnetocrystalline anisotropy energy. It is shown how thermodynamic constraints on the magnetization rotation lead to only partial reorientation of the martensitic variants under higher stresses. A straightforward methodology has been devised for the calibration of model parameters based on experimental data. The presented model predictions indicate an improvement of the predictability of the nonlinear strain hysteresis and in particular the magnetization hysteresis.

name of conference

  • Smart Structures and Materials

published proceedings

  • SPIE Proceedings

author list (cited authors)

  • Kiefer, B., & Lagoudas, D. C.

editor list (cited editors)

  • Armstrong, W. D.

publication date

  • January 1, 2005 11:11 AM