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Actuators 2015, 4(4), 301-313;

A Smart Polymer Composite Based on a NiTi Ribbon and a Magnetic Hybrid Material for Actuators with Multiphysic Transduction

FIME, Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, Ciudad Universitaria, C.P. 66451, San Nicolás de los Garza, N.L., México
Universidade Federal de Campina Grande, Aprígio Veloso 882-Bodocongó, C.P. 10069, Campina Grande, Paraíba, Brazil
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Academic Editors: Mathieu Grossard and Micky Rakotondrabe
Received: 31 August 2015 / Revised: 26 November 2015 / Accepted: 30 November 2015 / Published: 3 December 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue High-Resolution Actuators)
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A smart composite material constituted of a magnetic hybrid film and a NiTi shape memory alloy (SMA) ribbon was obtained and characterized. The magnetic hybrid film was joined to the NiTi ribbon in order to combine the properties of both materials. This new composite material combines magnetic properties of the hybrid film, (Fe2O3-CMC)/(polyvinyl butyral), and the shape memory properties of the NiTi ribbon, which has a chemical composition of Ti-50.13 at. % Ni. This smart composite material has a mass of 18.3% NiTi ribbon and 81.7% magnetic hybrid film. Results obtained by DSC show that the smart composite material presents a small delay of transformation during warming and cooling because the magnetic hybrid film acts like a thermal insulator. Thermomechanical results indicate that the hybrid material also acts as a mechanical reinforcement, since it is observed that the Stress-Assisted Two-Way Memory Effect (SATWME) of the smart composite is lower than the SATWME of the SMA ribbon. The density current values of phase transformations were clearly identified with a thermomechanical apparatus developed in our laboratory. Finally, displacements of the smart composite material in cantilever configuration are obtained by applying an external magnetic field. All these results demonstrate that the smart composite material can be activated by temperature, electrical current, stress, and/or magnetic field, offering good expectations for actuating applications with multiphysic transduction. View Full-Text
Keywords: composite materials; magnetic actuation; SMA; hybrid materials composite materials; magnetic actuation; SMA; hybrid materials

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López-Walle, B.; López-Cuellar, E.; Reyes-Melo, E.; Lomas-González, O.; de Castro, W.B. A Smart Polymer Composite Based on a NiTi Ribbon and a Magnetic Hybrid Material for Actuators with Multiphysic Transduction. Actuators 2015, 4, 301-313.

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