Special Issue "Shape Memory Alloys Actuators"

A special issue of Actuators (ISSN 2076-0825).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 August 2020).

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Salvatore Ameduri
Guest Editor
Research Unit of Sensors and Actuators for Adaptive Structures, Centro Italiano Ricerche Aerospaziali, 81043 Capua (CE), Italy
Interests: adaptive structures; smart materials; noise and vibration; integrated design; aerospace technology demonstration
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Dr. Antonio Concilio
Guest Editor
Department of Adaptive Structures, Centro Italiano Ricerche Aerospaziali, 81043 Capua (CE), Italy
Interests: adaptive structures; smart structures; morphing; structural health monitoring; integrated vehicle health monitoring; vibroacoustic control
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Shape memory alloys (SMAs) is an emerging technology, which is increasingly being applied in different fields, from the aerospace sector to the automotive industry, and from the biomedical field to the civil engineering. SMAs’ specific features make them suitable for actuation purposes. Their compactness and large energy and force density suit applications characterised by narrow available room that require actuation architectures that are as simple as possible, to minimise any transmission losses. Another of their important features is represented by their load bearing capability, that is to say, their capacity to cooperate with the surrounding structure in absorbing external loads; in this sense, SMAs may literally replace parts of the structure, plying the double role of active and structural elements. All these aspects, jointly with the generally high compatibility of these alloys in the context of medical tightening requirements, contribute to the high integrability performance of SMAs.
The present Special Issue aims to offer readers some of the current SMA applications in the actuation field, within the above-mentioned variegated application scenario. Attention is paid to the development path, that is to say, the complex and often multidisciplinary process that starts from the requirements issued by the specific problem (aerospace, biomedical, automotive, and civil engineering); continues with the generation of the specifications for SMA actuation systems; arrives at the preliminary and advanced design of the concepts; and, finally, comes to the demonstration and validation of them, with a clear contextualisation of the achieved maturation level.

Dr. Salvatore Ameduri
Dr. Antonio Concilio
Guest Editors

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  • Shape memory alloys
  • Adaptive structure
  • Load bearing actuation
  • Morphing
  • Large density energy
  • High integrability-compatibility level

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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