J. Phys. IV France 05 (1995) C2-349-C2-354
The Effect of Stress Ageing on the Properties of Shape Memory AlloysA.D. Michael
Memory Metals Limited, 3 Penny Corner, Farthing Road, Ipswich, Suffolk IP1 5AP, England, U.K.
The performance characteristics of shape memory alloys operating in an overtemperature shut-off valve at a temperature of 95°C for up to 2000 hours are presented. Alloys of NiTi, Cu-Al-Ni and Cu-Zn-Al have been characterised under these ageing conditions. The effect of altering the processing parameters, viz solution treatment temperature, quenching technique and training procedure were examined. All alloys show degradation of the memory behaviour but results are presented which demonstrate that improvements in degradation can arise by altering the solution treatment temperature and training procedure.
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