Shape Memory and Superelasticity

, Volume 4, Issue 2, pp 271–271 | Cite as

‘Nitinol for Medical Devices’ Course Being Offered by ASM International


Renowned shape memory alloy expert Dr. Alan R. Pelton, Ph.D., of G. Rau Inc, will be teaching the course “Nitinol for Medical Devices.” The course will be offered twice: July 23–25, 2018 at ASM International in Materials Park, Ohio, and October 2–4, 2018 at G. Rau in Santa Clara, California.

The unique properties of the shape memory alloy Nitinol have led to many transformational medical device innovations, including self-expanding stents, percutaneous delivered heart valves, kink resistant guide wires, and self-locking orthopedic devices. Its super elastic qualities allow the alloy to withstand large amounts of recoverable strain, and its potential for excellent biocompatibility and fatigue resistance make it the material of choice for some of the most demanding medical device applications. However, Nitinol’s unique properties are very dependent upon alloy composition and processing.

In this course, you will learn the variables that affect Nitinol’s properties, how to control them, and how its unique properties can be applied in medical devices.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, you can successfully:

  • Identify the reasons for Nitinol’s unique properties

  • Describe how Nitinol performs in a variety of conditions

  • Describe basic Nitinol device manufacturing principles

  • Recognize how to apply the benefits of Nitinol’s properties to real world applications

Course Outline

Fundamentals of Shape Memory

  • History

  • Shape Memory and Superelasticity

  • Thermal and Mechanical Properties

  • ASTM Standards

Nitinol Processing

  • Melting

  • Hot and Cold Working

  • Shape Setting

  • Machining and Joining

Design and Application

  • Where is Nitinol Used?

  • Medical Device Characteristics

  • Design Case Studies

Environmental Effects

For more information, please contact Andrea Currington at, or by calling 440-338-5151.

Copyright information

© ASM International 2018

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