Finite element analysis of adaptive-stiffening and shape-control SMA hybrid composites

Xiujie Gao*, Deborah Burton, Travis L. Turner, L. Catherine Brinson

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

10 Scopus citations


Shape memory alloy (SMA) hybrid composites with adaptive-stiffening or morphing functions are simulated using finite element analysis. The composite structure is a laminated fiber-polymer composite beam with embedded SMA ribbons at various positions with respect to the neutral axis of the beam. Adaptive stiffening or morphing is activated via selective resistance heating of the SMA ribbons or uniform thermal loads on the beam. The thermomechanical behavior of these composites was simulated in ABAQUS using user-defined SMA elements. The examples demonstrate the usefulness of the methods for the design and simulation of SMA hybrid composites.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)285-293
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Engineering Materials and Technology, Transactions of the ASME
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2006


  • Adaptive stiffening, morphing
  • Constitutive modeling
  • Deflection control
  • Finite element analysis
  • Nitinol
  • Post-buckling control
  • Shape control
  • Shape memory alloys
  • User element

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


Dive into the research topics of 'Finite element analysis of adaptive-stiffening and shape-control SMA hybrid composites'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this