Enhancement in fatigue life of NiTi shape memory alloy thermal actuator wire

Saikrishna, CN and Ramaiah, KV and Paul, D and Bhaumik, SK (2015) Enhancement in fatigue life of NiTi shape memory alloy thermal actuator wire. Acta Materialia, 102 . pp. 385-396. ISSN 1359-6454

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      Abstract

      The effect of intermittent overload cycles (OLCs) on the fatigue life of NiTi wires has been investigated. The results showed that the OLCs were effective in enhancing the fatigue life of the NiTi wires undergoing thermo-mechanical cycling (TMC). Three distinct regions were identified in the No. of cycles to failure vs. over load ratio (OLR) plot. Region I (OLR � 1.5) corresponded to threshold OLR, at and below which the OLCs did not have any effect on the fatigue behaviour of the NiTi wires. In region II (1.5 < OLR < 2.5) the fatigue life was found to increase monotonically with the increase in OLR. In region III (OLR � 2.5), the increase in fatigue life was quite substantial. The actuator wire with OLCs of OLR 2.5 showed fatigue life of 3 times of that of the wire with OLR of 2.25 and 9 times of that without OLCs. Study revealed that the effect of OLCs towards enhancement in fatigue life was cumulative, and its withdrawal at any stage during the TMC resulted in a life lower than that of the wire subjected to OLCs till fracture. The presence of stabilized martensite phase in the microstructure was found beneficial towards enhancement in fatigue life and its restoration by healing treatment had a detrimental effect on the life of the actuator wires.

      Item Type: Journal Article
      Additional Information: Copyright for this article belongs to M/s. Elsevier Ltd.
      Uncontrolled Keywords: Shape memory alloy;NiTi wire;Thermo-mechanical cycling; Overload cycles;Fatigue life
      Subjects: CHEMISTRY AND MATERIALS > Chemistry and Materials (General)
      Division/Department: Other, Other, Other, Materials Science Division
      Depositing User: Ms. Alphones Mary
      Date Deposited: 05 May 2016 09:51
      Last Modified: 05 May 2016 09:51
      URI: http://nal-ir.nal.res.in/id/eprint/12472

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