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  • An overview of shape memory alloys (SMAs) is presented, identifying some of the known alloy systems, their distinctive thermo-mechanical properties, and the atomic-level and microstructural mechanisms responsible for their remarkable behaviors. Some less known and unusual phenomena in their thermo-mechanical response are highlighted that have created pitfalls for the casual user. A few interesting applications of SMAs, especially in the aerospace field, are briefly described that have enabled novel manufacturing techniques, deployable mechanisms, and adaptive structures.

author list (cited authors)

  • Shaw, J. A., Churchill, C. B., Lagoudas, D. C., & Kumar, P

citation count

  • 4

complete list of authors

  • Shaw, John A||Churchill, Christopher B||Lagoudas, Dimitris C||Kumar, Parikshith

Book Title

  • Encyclopedia of Aerospace Engineering

publication date

  • December 2010