New look at shape memory alloy constitutive models - comparisons and micromechanics

L. Catherine Brinson*, Miin Shiou Huang

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In this paper two existing one-dimensional constitutive models for shape memory alloy (SMA) materials will be briefly examined and compared in the context of distinguishing their critical characteristics. In particular, the micromechanics basis of the Tanaka and Ivshin-Pence models will be presented and implications discussed. A new derivation of the Tanaka model will be given based on micromechanics. It will be shown that the two constitutive models are in fact quite similar, being composed of a mechanical stress-strain law and a kinetic law, and that the important distinction between these and likely other SMA models is primarily in the formulation of the transformation kinetics. Several examples will be presented utilizing both models and implications on backing out the micromechanical behavior will be discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)129-140
Number of pages12
JournalAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers, Applied Mechanics Division, AMD
StatePublished - Jan 1 1995
EventProceedings of the 1995 Joint ASME Applied Mechanics and Materials Summer Meeting - Los Angeles, CA, USA
Duration: Jun 28 1995Jun 30 1995

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanical Engineering

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