Continuum Mechanics and Thermodynamics

, Volume 16, Issue 6, pp 539–549 | Cite as

Phase transitions in the shape memory alloy CuAlNi

  • A. MusolffEmail author
  • H. Sahota
Original article


Shape memory alloys exhibit a complex load-deformation temperature behaviour. In CuAlNi different maximal recoverable deformations may be observed in tensile experiments. We have found five phases and their corresponding phase transitions, two of them are reversible and the others exhibit hysteresis. We use a thermodynamic theory to calculate the energy landscape that describes the behaviour of the CuAlNi specimen.


shape memory phase transition hysteresis thermodynamics 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Fakultät III, Fachgebiet Thermodynamik, Sekr. HF2Technische Universität BerlinBerlin

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