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Industrial Applications for Shape Memory Alloys

Ming H. Wu and L. McD. Schetky, Memry Corporation, Brookfield, CT. Published in Proceedings, SMST-2000, Pacific Grove, California, p.171, 2000.

Although medical applications for shape memory alloys (SMA) now dominate in today’s market, there are many applications in the industrial sector which have reached large volume production that far surpass the material usage in the medical fields. In the early growth of shape memory alloy technology the most important applications were for fasteners and couplings, mainly in the military sector. With the maturing of the technology, and the broader availability of alloys, industrial applications appear in a wide spectrum of commerce…. Download the entire paper.