Micromechanical prediction of the two-way shape memory effect in shape memory alloy composites

Yuval Freed, Jacob Aboudi

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The two-way shape memory effect in monolithic shape memory alloys has been widely investigated both theoretically and experimentally. In the present study, this effect is analyzed for shape memory alloy composites by employing a micromechanical model. To this end, the responses of polymeric matrix and metal matrix unidirectional composites with embedded shape memory alloy fibers are determined. For the polymeric matrix composite, the effect of axial, transverse and shear loadings as well as the fiber volume fraction on the resulting two-way shape memory behavior are studied. The local distributions of stresses among the shape memory alloy fiber and epoxy matrix in the low- and high-temperature shapes of the composite are also investigated. Two training procedures that generate the two-way shape memory effect in the metal matrix composite are offered. The present analysis shows that the two-way shape memory effect in the chosen type of metal matrix composite is not as useful as in the polymeric matrix one. Finally, for a polymeric matrix composite that is subjected to a transverse normal loading, the effect of imperfect bonding between the shape memory alloy fibers and the neighboring matrix is investigated.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1634-1647
Number of pages14
JournalInternational Journal of Solids and Structures
Issue number7-8
StatePublished - Apr 2009


  • Fiber reinforced
  • High-fidelity generalized method of cells
  • Homogenization
  • Micro-mechanics
  • Modeling
  • Shape memory
  • Thermal loading
  • Two-way shape memory effect


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