Pseudoelastic Shape Memory Alloy Cables

  • Benjamin Reedlunn
  • John Shaw
  • Samantha Daly
Conference paper
Part of the Conference Proceedings of the Society for Experimental Mechanics Series book series (CPSEMS)


Conventional structural cables (wire ropes) are composed of steel wires helically wound into strands that are then wound around a core. Cables made from shape memory alloy (SMA) wires are a new structural element with promising properties for a broad range of applications. Among the many potential advantages of this form are increased bending flexibility for spooling/packaging, better fatigue performance, energy absorption and damping, reduced thermal lag, redundancy, and significant design flexibility. Currently there are few studies of SMA cables in the literature. This paper describes exploratory thermomechanical experiments that were performed on two commercially available cable designs.


Shape Memory Alloy Axial Strain Digital Image Correlation Experimental Mechanics Wire Rope 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Departments of Mechanical and Aerospace EngineeringUniversity of MichiganAnn ArborUSA

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