Introduction

Chapter
Part of the Lecture Notes of the Unione Matematica Italiana book series (UMILN, volume 13)

Abstract

A model is a theory which predicts the evolution of a structure. It does not explain the underlying physical phenomenon, it only predicts what is going to happen: physics explains, mechanics predicts the motion. A model is schematic and limited to some aspects of the phenomenon which occurs. In this point of view, the scientist or the engineer has an important and major role.

Keywords

Phase Change Shape Memory Alloy State Quantity Phase Change Temperature Predictive Theory 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Dipartimento di Ingegneria CivileUniversità di Roma “Tor Vergata”RomaItaly

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