Modeling size effect in the SMA response: a gradient theory Conference Paper uri icon


  • Shape memory alloys (SMAs) show size effect in their response. The critical stresses, for instance, for the start of martensite and austenite transformations are reported to increase in some SMA wires for diameters below 100 m. Simulation of such a behavior cannot be achieved using conventional theories that lack an intrinsic length scale in their constitutive modeling. To enable the size effect, a thermodynamically consistent constitutive model is developed, that in addition to conventional internal variables of martensitic volume fraction and transformation strain, contains the spatial gradient of martensitic volume fraction as an internal variable. The developed theory is simplified for 1D cases and analytical solutions for pure bending of SMA beams are presented. The gradient model captures the size effect in the response of the studied SMA structures. 2014 SPIE.

name of conference

  • SPIE Smart Structures and Materials + Nondestructive Evaluation and Health Monitoring

published proceedings

  • SPIE Proceedings

author list (cited authors)

  • Tabesh, M., Boyd, J. G., & Lagoudas, D. C.

editor list (cited editors)

  • Goulbourne, N. C., & Naguib, H. E.

publication date

  • January 1, 2014 11:11 AM