SMART MATERIALS AND STRUCTURES, vol.24, no.12, 2015 (SCI-Expanded)
The work output capacity of the two-way shape memory effect (TWSME) in a Ni50.3Ti29.7Hf20 (at%) high-temperature shape memory alloy (HTSMA) was investigated and compared to that of binary Ni49.9Ti50.1 (at%). TWSME was induced through a training procedure of 100 thermomechanical cycles under different tensile stresses. It was observed that TWSME in as-extruded and trained Ni50.3Ti29.7Hf20 could produce 0.7% strain against a compressive stress of 100 MPa, corresponding to a maximum work output of 0.08 J g(-1), compared to a maximum value of 0.06 J g(-1) for binary NiTi. A peak aging heat treatment of 3 h at 550 degrees C, which previously has been shown to result in near-perfect functional stability in Ni50.3Ti29.7Hf20 during isobaric thermal cycling, did not improve the TWSME and actually resulted in a decrease in the magnitude and stability of the TWSME and its work output capacity. Nevertheless, the magnitude of TWSM behavior of Ni50.3Ti29.7Hf20, in the absence of an aging heat treatment, renders it an attractive candidate for high-temperature TWSM actuation.