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Published January 1999 | Published
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Crystallographic attributes of a shape-memory alloy


Shape-memory Alloys are attractive for many potential applications. In an attempt to provide ideas and guidelines for the development of new shape-memory alloys, this paper reports on a series of investigations that examine the reasons in the crystallography that make (i) shape-memory alloys special amongst martensites and (ii) Nickel-Titanium special among shape-memory alloys.

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© 1999 by ASME. Contributed by the Materials Division for publication in the Journal of Engineering Materials and Technology. Manuscript received by the Materials Division February 11, 1998; revised manuscript received May 20, 1998. Online November 27, 2007. Guest Editors; H. Sehitoglu and Y. Chumlyakov. This research started when I was a graduate student at the University of Minnesota and continued through my post-doctoral stay at the Courant Institute. I am deeply indebted to Prof. Richard D. James for introducing me to this subject and for continuing to inspire me, and Prof. Robert V. Kohn for his continuing support and encouragement. I gratefully acknowledge financial support from AFOSR (at Minnesota and Caltech), ARO (at Courant), NSF (at Minnesota, Courant and Caltech), and ONR (at Caltech).

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