Introduction to Shape Memory Alloy Actuators

  • Sven LangbeinEmail author
  • Alexander Czechowicz


The focus of this chapter is laid on the actuating parameters of shape memory alloys. The explanation of the differences between thermal and electric applications of shape memory actuators is guided by dynamic and mechanic aspects. Other major topics focus the fatigue behavior, especially the fatigue-provoking parameters, and the possible designs of shape memory alloy actuators which can be used in valve applications.


Electric drives Thermal drives Actuation Sensor Stroke Displacement Fatigue Heat treatment 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.FG-INNOVATION GmbHBochumGermany
  2. 2.Zentrum für Angewandte Formgedächtnistechnik, Forschungsgemeinschaft Werkzeuge und Werkstoffe e.V.RemscheidGermany

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