Shape Memory Effects and Applications: An Overview

  • Walter S. Owen


An attempt is made to identify those deformations, microscopic mechanisms and thermal stabilizing and recovery processes which appear to be operative in potentially useful shape memory alloys. The basic physical phenomena controlling these mechanisms are discussed briefly.

Some applications of shape-memory alloys have been developed to the commercial stage. Many more are being actively explored. Some of the problems relating to alloy properties likely to be encountered are reviewed. It is clear that the engineering of these alloys is at a very early stage. The potential for development appears to be very great.


Applied Stress Shape Memory Shape Memory Effect Parent Phase Martensite Plate 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Walter S. Owen
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  1. 1.Department of Materials Science and EngineeringM.I.TCambridgeUSA

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