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Determination of the recovery stress under constraint in Fe29Mn7Si5Cr SMA.

Nele Van Caenegem 1Lode Duprez 3Kim Verbeken 1Jan Van Humbeeck 2Yvan Houbaert 1

1. University of Ghent, Civil Engineering, metallurgy and materials science, Technologypark 903, Zwijnaarde, Gent 9052, Belgium
2. K. U. Leuven, Department of Materials Science and Engineering (KUL, MTM), Kasteelpark Arenberg 44, Leuven 3001, Belgium
3. Arcelor Mittal Research Industry Gent (OCAS), J.F.Kennedylaan 3, Gent 9060, Belgium


Ferrous shape memory alloys do not have complete shape recovery. Several attempts to improve the shape recovery still fail to achieve 100% recovery. For some applications, however the recovery stress under constraint is more important. A procedure was designed to measure the stresses under constraint in a Fe30MnSiCr SMA.

The net recovery stress can be defined as the maximum in the difference between the stresses of a deformed and of an undeformed sample. The calculation of σ = E*α*ΔT can replace the stresses obtained of the undeformed sample.

The effect of partial free recovery before recovery under constraint is also investigated. It was remarkable that after the annealing at 200°C, the net stress did not decrease although ~50% of the shape recovery has happened. This gives a good opportunity for the use as pipe joint. It means that the diameter of the joint can be larger than the pipes and that the free recovery will not result in a lowering of the recovery stresses under constraint.


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Presentation: Poster at E-MRS Fall Meeting 2007, Symposium E, by Nele Van Caenegem
See On-line Journal of E-MRS Fall Meeting 2007

Submitted: 2007-06-18 10:14
Revised:   2009-06-07 00:44