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  1. Microstructure, nickel suppression and mechanical characteristics of electropolished and photoelectrocatalytically oxidized biomedical nickel titanium shape memory alloy.

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    Chu, C L; Guo, C; Sheng, X B; Dong, Y S; Lin, P H; Yeung, K W K; Chu, Paul K

    2009-07-01

    A new surface modification protocol encompassing an electropolishing pretreatment (EP) and subsequent photoelectrocatalytic oxidation (PEO) has been developed to improve the surface properties of biomedical nickel titanium (NiTi) shape memory alloy (SMA). Electropolishing is a good way to improve the resistance to localized breakdown of NiTi SMA whereas PEO offers the synergistic effects of advanced oxidation and electrochemical oxidation. Our results indicate that PEO leads to the formation of a sturdy titania film on the EP NiTi substrate. There is an Ni-free zone near the top surface and a graded interface between the titania layer and NiTi substrate, which bodes well for both biocompatibility and mechanical stability. In addition, Ni ion release from the NiTi substrate is suppressed, as confirmed by the 10-week immersion test. The modulus and hardness of the modified NiTi surface increase with larger indentation depths, finally reaching plateau values of about 69 and 3.1GPa, respectively, which are slightly higher than those of the NiTi substrate but much lower than those of a dense amorphous titania film. In comparison, after undergoing only EP, the mechanical properties of NiTi exhibit an inverse change with depth. The deformation mechanism is proposed and discussed. Our results indicate that surface modification by dual EP and PEO can notably suppress Ni ion release and improve the biocompatibility of NiTi SMA while the surface mechanical properties are not compromised, making the treated materials suitable for hard tissue replacements.

  2. Effect of cathode shape on vertical buffered electropolishing for niobium SRF cavities

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    Jin, S.; Wu, A. T.; Lu, X. Y.; Rimmer, R. A.; Lin, L.; Zhao, K.; Mammosser, J.; Gao, J.

    2013-09-01

    This paper reports the research results of the effect of cathode shape during vertical buffered electropolishing (BEP) by employing a demountable single cell niobium (Nb) superconducting radio frequency (SRF) cavity. Several different cathode shapes such as, for instance, bar, ball, ellipsoid, and wheels of different diameters have been tested. Detailed electropolishing parameters including I-V characteristic, removal rate, surface roughness, and polishing uniformity at different locations inside the demountable cavity are measured. Similar studies are also done on conventional electropolishing (EP) for comparison. It is revealed that cathode shape has dominant effects for BEP especially on the obtaining of a suitable polishing condition and a uniform polishing rate in an Nb SRF single cell cavity. EP appears to have the same tendency. This paper demonstrates that a more homogeneous polishing result can be obtained by optimizing the electric field distribution inside the cavity through the modification of the cathode shape given the conditions that temperature and electrolyte flow are kept constant. Electric field distribution and electrolyte flow patterns inside the cavity are simulated via Poisson-Superfish and Solidworks respectively. With the optimal cathode shape, BEP shows a much faster polishing rate of ∼2.5 μm/min and is able to produce a smoother surface finish in the treatments of single cell cavities in comparison with EP.

  3. Effect of cathode shape on vertical buffered electropolishing for niobium SRF cavities

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    Jin, S.; Wu, A. T.; Lu, X. Y.; Rimmer, R. A.; Lin, L.; Zhao, K.; Mammosser, J.; Gao, J.

    2013-09-01

    This paper reports the research results of the effect of cathode shape during vertical buffered electropolishing (BEP) by employing a demountable single cell niobium (Nb) superconducting radio frequency (SRF) cavity. Several different cathode shapes such as, for instance, bar, ball, ellipsoid, and wheels of different diameters have been tested. Detailed electropolishing parameters including I–V characteristic, removal rate, surface roughness, and polishing uniformity at different locations inside the demountable cavity are measured. Similar studies are also done on conventional electropolishing (EP) for comparison. It is revealed that cathode shape has dominant effects for BEP especially on the obtaining of a suitable polishing condition and a uniform polishing rate in an Nb SRF single cell cavity. EP appears to have the same tendency. This paper demonstrates that a more homogeneous polishing result can be obtained by optimizing the electric field distribution inside the cavity through the modification of the cathode shape given the conditions that temperature and electrolyte flow are kept constant. Electric field distribution and electrolyte flow patterns inside the cavity are simulated via Poisson–Superfish and Solidworks respectively. Finally, with the optimal cathode shape, BEP shows a much faster polishing rate of ~2.5 μm/min and is able to produce a smoother surface finish in the treatments of single cell cavities in comparison with EP.

  4. Shape memory effect of laser welded NiTi plates

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    Oliveira, J. P.; Fernandes, F. M. Braz; Schell, N.; Miranda, R. M.

    2015-07-01

    Laser welding is a suitable joining technique for shape memory alloys (SMAs). This paper reports the existence of shape memory effect (SME) on laser welded NiTi joints, subjected to bending tests, and correlates this effect with the microstructural analysis performed with X-ray diffraction (XRD). All welded samples were able to recover their initial shape after bending to 180°, which is a remarkable result for industrial applications of NiTi involving laser welding.

  5. Shape Memory Behavior of Porous NiTi Alloy

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    Kaya, Mehmet; Çakmak, Ömer

    2016-04-01

    Shape memory behavior of porous NiTi alloy is dependent on the phases, and mechanical or thermal background. The phases change with solution heat treatment and aging. Fully reversible shape memory behavior was observed during thermal cycling, and recoverable strains increased with the increasing stress from 2 to 50 MPa. The porous NiTi sample shows recoverable transformation strain response under lower constant load.

  6. Nondestructive Evaluation of Ni-Ti Shape Memory Alloy

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    Meir, S.; Gordon, S.; Karsh, M.; Wiezman, A.; Ayers, R.; Olson, D. L.

    2011-06-01

    The nondestructive evaluation of nickel titanium (Ni-Ti) alloys for applications such as heat treatment for biomaterials applications (dental) and welding was investigated. Ni-Ti alloys and its ternary alloys are valued for mechanical properties in addition to the shape memory effect. Two analytical approaches were perused in this work. Assessment of the microstructure of the alloy that determines the martensitic start temperature (Ms) of Ni-Ti alloy as a function of heat treatment, and secondly, an attempt to evaluate a Friction Stir Welding, which involves thermo-mechanical processing of the alloy.

  7. Nondestructive evaluation of Ni-Ti shape memory alloy

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    Meir, S.; Gordon, S.; Karsh, M.; Ayers, R.; Olson, D. L.; Wiezman, A.

    2011-06-23

    The nondestructive evaluation of nickel titanium (Ni-Ti) alloys for applications such as heat treatment for biomaterials applications (dental) and welding was investigated. Ni-Ti alloys and its ternary alloys are valued for mechanical properties in addition to the shape memory effect. Two analytical approaches were perused in this work. Assessment of the microstructure of the alloy that determines the martensitic start temperature (Ms) of Ni-Ti alloy as a function of heat treatment, and secondly, an attempt to evaluate a Friction Stir Welding, which involves thermo-mechanical processing of the alloy.

  8. Plasma Arc Melting (PAM) and Corrosion Resistance of Pure NiTi Shape Memory Alloys

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    Tuissi, A.; Rondelli, G.; Bassani, P.

    2015-03-01

    Plasma arc melting (PAM) as a suitable non-contaminating melting route for manufacturing high-quality NiTi alloy was successfully examined. The corrosion resistance of PAM Nitinol was evaluated by both potentiodynamic and potentiostatic tests and compared with lower purity NiTi produced by vacuum induction melting (VIM). For the electro-polished surfaces, excellent corrosion resistance of NiTi comparable with the Ti alloys was found with no pitting up to 800 mV versus saturated calomel electrode in simulated body fluid at 37 °C. Potentiostatic results of PAM Nitinol indicate slightly better corrosion resistance than the lower quality VIM alloy.

  9. Corrosion resistance tests on NiTi shape memory alloy.

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    Rondelli, G

    1996-10-01

    The corrosion performances of NiTi shape memory alloys (SMA) in human body simulating fluids were evaluated in comparison with other implant materials. As for the passivity current in potentiostatic conditions, taken as an index of ion release, the values are about three times higher for NiTi than for Ti6Al4V and austenitic stainless steels. Regarding the localized corrosion, while plain potentiodynamic scans indicated for NiTi alloy good resistance to pitting attack similar to Ti6Al4V, tests in which the passive film is abruptly damaged (i.e. potentiostatic scratch test and modified ASTM F746) pointed out that the characteristics of the passive film formed on NiTi alloy (whose strength can be related to the alloy's biocompatibility) are not as good as those on Ti6Al4V but are comparable or inferior to those on austenitic stainless steels.

  10. Fabrication of porous NiTi shape memory alloy structures using laser engineered net shaping.

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    Krishna, B Vamsi; Bose, Susmita; Bandyopadhyay, Amit

    2009-05-01

    Porous NiTi alloy samples were fabricated with 12-36% porosity from equiatomic NiTi alloy powder using laser engineered net shaping (LENS). The effects of processing parameters on density and properties of laser-processed NiTi alloy samples were investigated. It was found that the density increased rapidly with increasing the specific energy input up to 50 J/mm(3). Further increase in the energy input had small effect on density. High cooling rates associated with LENS processing resulted in higher amount of cubic B2 phase, and increased the reverse transformation temperatures of porous NiTi samples due to thermally induced stresses and defects. Transformation temperatures were found to be independent of pore volume, though higher pore volume in the samples decreased the maximum recoverable strain from 6% to 4%. Porous NiTi alloy samples with 12-36% porosity exhibited low Young's modulus between 2 and 18 GPa as well as high compressive strength and recoverable strain. Because of high open pore volume between 36% and 62% of total volume fraction porosity, these porous NiTi alloy samples can potentially accelerate the healing process and improve biological fixation when implanted in vivo. Thus porous NiTi is a promising biomaterial for hard tissue replacements.

  11. Wear Behavior of Austenitic NiTi Shape Memory Alloy

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    Yan, Lina; Liu, Yong

    2015-03-01

    This study aims to understand the wear behavior of austenitic NiTi SMA with the hope to provide a guideline for its better use for wear-resist purposes. Ball-on-disk sliding wear tests with alumina counter ball were conducted at different temperatures and under different loads. Based on the coefficients of friction, the surface wear features, temperature-dependent stress-strain curves and the estimated contact stresses, the deformation mechanisms involved in the wear process were examined. Two wear modes were identified. Mode I is temperature-sensitive and occurred when A f < T < M d. In this mode, wear process was dominated by the interplay among contact stress, temperature and shape recovery property. Results show that, when the contact stress causes either elastic deformation of austenite or stress-induced martensitic transformation, the wear resistance was improved with increasing temperature. This was originated from increased critical stress for stress-induced martensite which retards plastic deformation. However, when contact stress is higher than yield stress of stress-induced martensite, wear resistance is deteriorated. Mode II occurs when T > M d and it is less temperature-sensitive within the testing range. In this mode, the austenitic NiTi loses its superelasticity and obeys a conventional deformation sequence, and the key factor dominating the wear process is the magnitude of contact stress.

  12. Characterization of Sputtered Nickel-Titanium (NiTi) Stress and Thermally Actuated Cantilever Bimorphs Based on NiTi Shape Memory Alloy (SMA)

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    2015-11-01

    Actuated Cantilever Bimorphs Based on NiTi Shape Memory Alloy ( SMA ) by Merric D Srour, Cory R Knick, and Christopher J Morris...Actuated Cantilever Bimorphs Based on NiTi Shape Memory Alloy ( SMA ) by Merric D Srour, Cory R Knick, and Christopher J Morris Sensors and...Shape Memory Alloy ( SMA ) 5a. CONTRACT NUMBER 5b. GRANT NUMBER 5c. PROGRAM ELEMENT NUMBER 6. AUTHOR(S) Merric D Srour, Cory R Knick, and

  13. Nitride coating enhances endothelialization on biomedical NiTi shape memory alloy.

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    Ion, Raluca; Luculescu, Catalin; Cimpean, Anisoara; Marx, Philippe; Gordin, Doina-Margareta; Gloriant, Thierry

    2016-05-01

    Surface nitriding was demonstrated to be an effective process for improving the biocompatibility of implantable devices. In this study, we investigated the benefits of nitriding the NiTi shape memory alloy for vascular stent applications. Results from cell experiments indicated that, compared to untreated NiTi, a superficial gas nitriding treatment enhanced the adhesion of human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs), cell spreading and proliferation. This investigation provides data to demonstrate the possibility of improving the rate of endothelialization on NiTi by means of nitride coating.

  14. Shape-memory NiTi with two-dimensional networks of micro-channels.

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    Neurohr, Anselm J; Dunand, David C

    2011-04-01

    A process was developed for fabricating arrays of micro-channels in shape-memory NiTi for bone implant applications, with a tailorable internal architecture expected to improve biomechanical compatibility and osseointegration. Ni-51.4 at.% Ti with 24-34 vol.% porosity was fabricated by electrochemical dissolution of parallel layers of steel wire meshes embedded within a NiTi matrix during hot pressing of NiTi powders. The resulting NiTi structures exhibit parallel layers of orthogonally interconnected micro-channels with 350-400 μm diameters that exactly replicate the steel meshes. When low-carbon steel wires are used, iron diffuses into the surrounding NiTi during the densification step, creating a Fe-enriched zone near the wires. For high-carbon steel wires, TiC forms at the steel/NiTi interface and inhibits iron diffusion but also depletes some titanium from the adjacent NiTi. In both cases, the NiTi regions near the micro-channels exhibit altered phase transformation characteristics. These NiTi structures with replicated networks of micro-channels have excellent potential as bone implants and scaffolds given: (i) the versatility in channel size, shape, fraction and spatial arrangement; (ii) their low stiffness (15-26 GPa), close to 12-17 GPa for cortical bone; (iii) their high compressive strength (420-600 MPa at 8-9% strain); and (iv) their excellent compressive strain recovery (91-94% of an applied strain of 6%) by a combination of elasticity, superelasticity and the shape-memory effect.

  15. Characterization of Polylactide Layer Deposited on Ni-Ti Shape Memory Alloy

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    Goryczka, Tomasz; Szaraniec, Barbara

    2014-07-01

    Polylactide (PLA) thin layer was deposited on the surface of the as-quenched NiTi shape memory alloy. First, NiTi alloy was quenched from the 850°C, then its surface was covered with PLA. Deposited PLA is in an amorphous state, whereas the as-quenched NiTi alloy stays in the B2 structure. PLA deposition caused smoothing of the surface and changed its hydrophilic character to hydrophobic one. In general, procedure of PLA deposition does not influence the course of the reversible martensitic transformation. After deformation of NiTi sample covered with PLA up to 4%, its surface does not reveal any cracks and still remains continuous.

  16. Surface corrosion enhancement of passive films on NiTi shape memory alloy in different solutions.

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    Jinlong, Lv; Tongxiang, Liang; Chen, Wang; Limin, Dong

    2016-06-01

    The corrosion behaviors of NiTi shape memory alloy in NaCl solution, H2SO4 solution and borate buffer solution were investigated. It was found that TiO2 in passive film improved the corrosion resistance of NiTi shape memory. However, low corrosion resistance of passive film was observed in low pH value acidic solution due to TiO2 dissolution. Moreover, the corrosion resistance of NiTi shape memory alloy decreased with the increasing of passivated potential in the three solutions. The donor density in passive film increased with the increasing of passivated potential. Different solutions affect the semiconductor characteristics of the passive film. The reducing in the corrosion resistance was attributed to the more donor concentrations in passive film and thinner thickness of the passive film. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  17. Surface hardening of NiTi shape memory alloy induced by the nanostructured layer after surface mechanical attrition treatment.

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    Hu, T; Chu, C L; Wu, S L; Xin, Y C; Lu, J; Chu, Paul K

    2011-12-01

    To conduct grain refinement induced by plastic deformation, NiTi shape memory alloy is processed by surface mechanical attrition treatment. The process leads to surface nanocrystallization and consequently surface hardening. The cross sectional microhardness of the treated NiTi is measured and compared to those of annealed NiTi specimens with residual stress relaxation and recrystallization. Our results show that surface nanocrystallization induced by surface mechanical attrition treatment is an effective method to enhance the surface hardness and anti-wear properties of NiTi shape memory alloy for the biomedical application.

  18. Neutron diffraction study of NiTi during compressive deformation and after shape-memory recovery

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    Dunand, D.C.; Mari, D.; Bourke, M.A.M.; Goldstone, J.A.

    1995-09-01

    Neutron diffraction measurements of internal elastic strains and texture were performed during compressive deformation of martensitic NiTi deforming by twinning. Rietveld refinement of the diffraction spectrum was performed in order to obtain lattice parameter variations and preferred orientation of martensitic variants. The elastic internal strains, are proportional to the externally applied stress but strongly dependent on crystallographic orientation. Plastic deformation by matrix twinning is consistent with type I (1-1-1) twinning, whereby (100) and (011) planes tend to align perpendicular and parallel to the stress axis, respectively. The preferred orientation ratio r according to the model by March and Dollase is proportional to the macroscopic plastic strain for (100) and (011) planes for loading, unloading and shape-memory recovery. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first in situ bulk measurement of reversible twinning in NiTi. Finally, shape-memory recovery results in a marked change of NiTi cell parameters.

  19. High Strain Rate Compression of Martensitic NiTi Shape Memory Alloy at Different Temperatures

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    Qiu, Ying; Young, Marcus L.; Nie, Xu

    2017-02-01

    The compressive response of martensitic NiTi shape memory alloy (SMA) rods has been investigated using a modified Kolsky compression bar at various strain rates (400, 800, and 1200 s-1) and temperatures [room temperature and 373 K (100 °C)], i.e., in the martensitic state and in the austenitic state. SEM, DSC, and XRD were performed on NiTi SMA rod samples after high strain rate compression in order to reveal the influence of strain rate and temperature on the microstructural evolution, phase transformation, and crystal structure. It is found that at room temperature, the critical stress increases slightly as strain rate increases, whereas the strain-hardening rate decreases. However, the critical stress under high strain rate compression at 373 K (100 °C) increase first and then decrease due to competing strain hardening and thermal softening effects. After high rate compression, the microstructure of both martensitic and austenitic NiTi SMAs changes as a function of increasing strain rate, while the phase transformation after deformation is independent of the strain rate at room temperature and 373 K (100 °C). The preferred crystal plane of the martensitic NiTi SMA changes from ( 1bar{1}1 )M before compression to (111)M after compression, while the preferred plane remains the same for austenitic NiTi SMA before and after compression. Additionally, dynamic recovery and recrystallization are also observed to occur after deformation of the austenitic NiTi SMA at 373 K (100 °C). The findings presented here extend the basic understanding of the deformation behavior of NiTi SMAs and its relation to microstructure, phase transformation, and crystal structure, especially at high strain rates.

  20. NiTi and NiTi-TiC composites. Part 3: Shape-memory recovery

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    Fukami-Ushiro, K.L.; Dunand, D.C.

    1996-01-01

    The transformation behavior of near-equiatomic NiTi containing 0, 10, and 20 vol pct TiC particulates is investigated by dilatometry. Undeformed composites exhibit a macroscopic transformation strain larger than predicted when assuming that the elastic transformation mismatch between the matrix and the particulates is unrelaxed, indicating that the mismatch is partially accommodated by matrix twinning during transformation. The thermal recovery behavior of unreinforced NiTi which was deformed primarily by twinning in the martensite phase shows that plastic deformation by slip increases with increasing prestrain, leading to (1) a decrease of the shape-memory strain on heating, (2) an increase of the two-way shape-memory strain on cooling, (3) a widening of the temperature interval over which the strain recovery occurs on heating, and (4) an increase of the transformation temperature hysteresis. For NiTi composites, the recovery behavior indicates that most of the mismatch during mechanical deformation between the TiC particulates and the NiTi matrix is relaxed by matrix twinning. However, some relaxation takes place by matrix slip, resulting in the following trends with increasing TiC content at constant prestrain: (1) decrease of the shape-memory strain on heating, (2) enhancement of the two-way shape-memory strain on cooling, and (3) broadening of the transformation interval on heating.

  1. Tribological characteristics of ceramic conversion treated NiTi shape memory alloy

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    Ju, X.; Dong, H.

    2007-09-01

    NiTi shape memory alloys are very attractive for medical implants and devices (such as orthopaedic and orthodontic implants) and various actuators. However, wear is a major concern for such applications and a novel surface engineering process, ceramic conversion treatment, has recently been developed to address this problem. In this study, the tribological characteristics of ceramic conversion treated NiTi alloy have been systematically investigated under dry unidirectional wear, reciprocating-corrosion wear and fretting-corrosion wear condition. Based on the experimental results, the wear behaviour under different conditions is compared and wear mechanisms involved are discussed.

  2. Characterization of the laser gas nitrided surface of NiTi shape memory alloy

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    Cui, Z. D.; Man, H. C.; Yang, X. J.

    2003-03-01

    Owing to its unique properties such as shape memory effects, superelasticity and radiopacity, NiTi alloy is a valuable biomaterial for fabricating implants. The major concern of this alloy for biological applications is the high atomic percentage of nickel in the alloy and the deleterious effects to the body by the corrosion and/or wears products. In this study, a continuous wave Nd-YAG laser was used to conduct laser gas nitriding on the substrate of NiTi alloy. The results show that a continuous and crack-free thin TiN layer was produced in situ on the NiTi substrate. The characteristics of the nitrided surface layer were investigated using SEM, XRD, XPS and AAS. No nickel signal was detected on the top surface of the laser gas nitrided layer. As compared with the mechanical polished NiTi alloy, the nickel ion release rate out of the nitrided NiTi alloy decreased significantly in Hanks' solution at 37 °C, especially the initial release rate.

  3. Experimental Investigation on the Mechanical Instability of Superelastic NiTi Shape Memory Alloy

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    Xiao, Yao; Zeng, Pan; Lei, Liping

    2016-09-01

    In this paper, primary attention is paid to the mechanical instability of superelastic NiTi shape memory alloy (SMA) during localized forward transformation at different temperatures. By inhibiting the localized phase transformation, we can obtain the up-down-up mechanical response of NiTi SMA, which is closely related to the intrinsic material softening during localized martensitic transformation. Furthermore, the material parameters of the up-down-up stress-strain curve are extracted, in such a way that this database can be utilized for simulation and validation of the theoretical analysis. It is found that during forward transformation, the upper yield stress, lower yield stress, Maxwell stress, and nucleation stress of NiTi SMA exhibit linear dependence on temperature. The relation between nucleation stress and temperature can be explained by the famous Clausius-Clapeyron equation, while the relation between upper/lower yield stress and temperature lacks theoretical study, which needs further investigation.

  4. Multi-stage martensitic transformation in Ni-rich NiTi shape memory alloys

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    Wang, Xiebin; Verlinden, Bert; Kustov, Sergey

    Precipitation hardening is an effective way to improve the functional stability of NiTi shape memory alloys. The precipitates, mainly Ni4Ti3, could be introduced by aging treatment in Ni-rich NiTi alloys. However, the presence of Ni4Ti3 precipitates could disturb the transformation behavior, resulting in the multi-stage martensitic transformation (MMT). With the presence of MMT, it is difficult to control the transformation behavior, and thus limits the applicability of NiTi alloys. In this work, previous efforts on explaining the observed MMT are summarized. The difficulties in developing a unified explanation are discussed, and a possible way to avoid the MMT is proposed.

  5. Wear Properties of Porous NiTi Orthopedic Shape Memory Alloy

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    Wu, Shuilin; Liu, Xiangmei; Yeung, K. W. K.; Xu, Z. S.; Chung, C. Y.; Chu, Paul K.

    2012-12-01

    Porous NiTi shape memory alloy (SMA) scaffolds have great potential to be used as orthopedic implants because of their porous structure and superior physical properties. Its metallic nature provides it with better mechanical properties and Young's modulus close to that of natural bones. Besides allowing tissue ingrowth and transfer of nutrients, porous SMA possesses unique pseudoelastic properties compatible to natural hard tissues like bones and tendons, thus expediting in vivo osseointegration. However, the nickel release from debris and the metal surface may cause osteocytic osteolysis at the interface between the artificial implants and bone tissues. Subsequent mobilization may finally lead to implant failure. In this study, the wear properties of porous NiTi with different porosities processed at different treatment temperatures are determined. The results of the study show that the porosity, phase transformation temperature, and annealing temperature are major factors influencing the wear characteristics of porous NiTi SMA.

  6. Behavior of the shape memory alloy NiTi during one-dimensional shock loading

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    Millett, J. C. F.; Bourne, N. K.; Gray, G. T., III

    2002-09-01

    The response of alloys based on the intermetallic compound NiTi to high-strain-rate and shock loading conditions has recently attracted attention. In particular, similarities between it, and other shape memory materials such as the alloy U-6%Nb in the propagation of the plastic wave in Taylor cylinders are of significant interest. In this article, the Hugoniot is measured using multiple manganin stress gauges, either embedded between plates of the NiTi alloy, or supported with blocks of polymethylmethacrylate. In this way, the shock stress, shock velocity, and details of the shock wave profile have been gathered. An inflection at lower stresses has been found in the Hugoniot curve (stress-particle velocity), and has been ascribed to the martensitic phase transformation that is characteristic of the shape memory effect in this alloy. In a similar way, the variation of shock velocity with particle velocity has been found to be nonlinear, contrary to other pure metal and alloy systems. Finally, a break in slope in the rising part of the shock profile has been identified as the Hugoniot elastic limit in NiTi. Conversion to the one-dimensional stress equivalent, and comparison to quasistatic data indicates that NiTi exhibits significant strain-rate sensitivity.

  7. Two-way indent depth recovery in a NiTi shape memory alloy

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    Zhang, Yijun; Cheng, Yang-Tse; Grummon, David S.

    2006-03-01

    Controlled reversible changes in surface texture and topography are of interest to many applications, including information storage, optical communication devices, micro-fluidic instruments for drug delivery, and smart tribological surfaces for friction and wear control. Here, we demonstrate a method of inducing two-way reversible changes in an indentation made on the surface of a shape memory NiTi alloy. The two-way indent shape change is accomplished by thermomechanical training of spherical indents in NiTi shape memory alloy. After training, spherical indents exhibit two-way depth recovery: Shallow indent depth at high temperature and deep indent depth at low temperature. The reversible depth change is about 45% of the total indent depth and is stable over many cycles. The reversible depth change can have a wide range of engineering applications.

  8. Nano-hardness, wear resistance and pseudoelasticity of hafnium implanted NiTi shape memory alloy.

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    Zhao, Tingting; Li, Yan; Liu, Yong; Zhao, Xinqing

    2012-09-01

    NiTi shape memory alloy was modified by Hf ion implantation to improve its wear resistance and surface integrity against deformation. The Auger electron spectroscopy and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy results indicated that the oxide thickness of NiTi alloy was increased by the formation of TiO₂/HfO₂ nanofilm on the surface. The nano-hardness measured by nano-indentation was decreased even at the depth larger than the maximum reach of the implanted Hf ion. The lower coefficient of friction with much longer fretting time indicated the remarkable improvement of wear resistance of Hf implanted NiTi, especially for the sample with a moderate incident dose. The formation of TiO₂/HfO₂ nanofilm with larger thickness and decrease of the nano-hardness played important roles in the improvement of wear resistance. Moreover, Hf implanted NiTi exhibited larger pseudoelastic recovery strain and retained better surface integrity even after being strained to 10% as demonstrated by in situ scanning electron microscope observation. Crown Copyright © 2012. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  9. Effect of Deformation Mode on the Wear Behavior of NiTi Shape Memory Alloys

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    Yan, Lina; Liu, Yong

    2016-06-01

    Owing to good biocompatibility, good fatigue resistance, and excellent superelasticity, various types of bio-medical devices based on NiTi shape memory alloy (SMA) have been developed. Due to the complexity in deformation mode in service, for example NiTi implants, accurate assessment/prediction of the surface wear process is difficult. This study aims at providing a further insight into the effect of deformation mode on the wear behavior of NiTi SMA. In the present study, two types of wear testing modes were used, namely sliding wear mode and reciprocating wear mode, to investigate the effect of deformation mode on the wear behavior of NiTi SMA in both martensitic and austenitic states. It was found that, when in martensitic state and under high applied loads, sliding wear mode resulted in more surface damage as compared to that under reciprocating wear mode. When in austenitic state, although similar trends in the coefficient of friction were observed, the coefficient of friction and surface damage in general is less under reciprocating mode than under sliding mode. These observations were further discussed in terms of different deformation mechanisms involved in the wear tests, in particular, the reversibility of martensite variant reorientation and stress-induced phase transformation, respectively.

  10. Wear mechanism and tribological characteristics of porous NiTi shape memory alloy for bone scaffold.

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    Wu, Shuilin; Liu, Xiangmei; Wu, Guosong; Yeung, Kelvin W K; Zheng, Dong; Chung, C Y; Xu, Z S; Chu, Paul K

    2013-09-01

    The abraded debris might cause osteocytic osteolysis on the interface between implants and bone tissues, thus inducing the subsequent mobilization of implants gradually and finally resulting in the failure of bone implants, which imposes restrictions on the applications of porous NiTi shape memory alloys (SMAs) scaffolds for bone tissue engineering. In this work, the effects of the annealing temperature, applied load, and porosity on the tribological behavior and wear resistance of three-dimensional porous NiTi SMA are investigated systematically. The porous structure and phase transformation during the exothermic process affect the tribological properties and wear mechanism significantly. In general, a larger porosity leads to better tribological resistance but sometimes, SMAs with small porosity possess better wear resistance than ones with higher porosity during the initial sliding stage. It can be ascribed to the better superelasticity of the former at the test temperature. The porous NiTi phase during the exothermic reaction also plays an important role in the wear resistance. Generally, porous NiTi has smaller friction coefficients under high loads due to stress-induced superelasticity. The wear mechanism is discussed based on plastic deformation and microcrack propagation.

  11. Nanoscale compositional analysis of NiTi shape memory alloy films deposited by DC magnetron sputtering

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    Sharma, S. K.; Mohan, S.; Bysakh, S.; Kumar, A.; Kamat, S. V.

    2013-11-15

    The formation of surface oxide layer as well as compositional changes along the thickness for NiTi shape memory alloy thin films deposited by direct current magnetron sputtering at substrate temperature of 300 °C in the as-deposited condition as well as in the postannealed (at 600 °C) condition have been thoroughly studied by using secondary ion mass spectroscopy, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and scanning transmission electron microscopy-energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy techniques. Formation of titanium oxide (predominantly titanium dioxide) layer was observed in both as-deposited and postannealed NiTi films, although the oxide layer was much thinner (8 nm) in as-deposited condition. The depletion of Ti and enrichment of Ni below the oxide layer in postannealed films also resulted in the formation of a graded microstructure consisting of titanium oxide, Ni{sub 3}Ti, and B2 NiTi. A uniform composition of B2 NiTi was obtained in the postannealed film only below a depth of 200–250 nm from the surface. Postannealed film also exhibited formation of a ternary silicide (Ni{sub x}Ti{sub y}Si) at the film–substrate interface, whereas no silicide was seen in the as-deposited film. The formation of silicide also caused a depletion of Ni in the film in a region ∼250–300 nm just above the film substrate interface.

  12. Polymer (PTFE) and shape memory alloy (NiTi) intercalated nano-biocomposites

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    Anjum, S. S.; Rao, J.; Nicholls, J. R.

    2012-09-01

    Engineering on a nano-scale has been undertaken to mimic a biomaterial by forming an intercalated nano-composite structure by PVD sputtering of a polymer with a nickel-titanium (NiTi) shape memory alloy (SMA). A PTFE polymer has been selected due to its elastic properties, low interactions with water, optimum surface energies, stability and chemical resistance. NiTi SMAs allow the coatings to be energy absorbent and thus suitable in load bearing situations. The coatings are aimed to constantly withstand variable adverse biological environments whilst maintaining their characteristics. The nano-intercalated structures have been characterised for their wettability, friction coefficients, chemical composition, and morphology. Intercalation of a polymer with energy-absorbing alloys uncovers a set of material systems that will offer characteristics such as self-healing of hierarchal tissue in the body. The reformation of PTFE following sputter deposition was confirmed by FTIR spectra. According to SEM analysis PTFE shows a promising surface interaction with NiTi, forming stable coatings. Surface interactions are evident by the hydrophobic behaviour of films as the composite's water contact angle is around 86° which lies in-between that of PTFE and NiTi. The nano composite films are lubricious and have a measured CoF below 0.2 which does not vary with layer thickness.

  13. Effect of Aging Treatment on the Compressibility and Recovery of NiTi Shape Memory Alloys as Static Seals

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    Lu, Xiaofeng; Li, Gang; Liu, Luwei; Zhu, Xiaolei; Tu, Shan-Tung

    2017-07-01

    The improvement of the compressibility and recovery of the gaskets can decrease the leakage occurrence in bolted flange connections. In this study, the effect of aging treatment on the compressibility and recovery of NiTi shape memory alloys is investigated as static seals together with thermal analysis. The experimental results indicate that different phase transformations of NiTi alloys are exhibited in the DSC curves during aging treatment. The recovery coefficient of NiTi alloys aged at 500 °C for 2 h is quite low accompanied with a large residual strain. With increasing aging time at the aging temperature of 400 °C, the residual strain and area of hysteresis loop of NiTi alloys are both increased, whereas the recovery coefficient is decreased. Since the deformation associates the phase transformation behavior, aging treatment could improve the compressibility and recovery of NiTi alloys as static seals.

  14. Void formation in NiTi shape memory alloys by medium-voltage electron irradiation

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    Schlossmacher, P.; Stober, T.

    1995-12-15

    In-situ electron irradiation experiments of NiTi shape memory alloys, using high-voltage transmission electron microscopes, result in amorphization of the intermetallic compound. In all of these experiments high-voltages more than 1.0 MeV had to be applied in order to induce the crystalline-to-amorphous transformation. To their knowledge no irradiation effects of medium-voltage electrons of e.g. 0.5 MeV have been reported in the literature. In this contribution, the authors describe void formation in two different NiTi shape memory alloys, resulting from in-situ electron irradiation, using a 300 kV electron beam in a transmission electron microscope. First evidence is presented that void formation is correlated with the total oxygen content of the alloys.

  15. On the Shock Response of the Shape Memory Alloy, NiTi

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    Millett, J. C. F.; Bourne, N. K.; Gray, G. T., III; Stevens, G. S.

    2002-07-01

    There has been recent interest in the behaviour of the shape-memory alloy NiTi since it undergoes a stress-induced phase change at a low stress value. It has been additionally noted that the NiTi does not appear to exhibit a Hugoniot elastic limit (HEL) in the way normally associated with other metals. In order to investigate the possible mechanisms operating to give rise to these effects, a series of plate impact experiments have been conducted in order to probe the material's response to shock. In particular attention has been paid to determination of the material Hugoniot in order to ascertain whether the observed features of the response may be explained. A series of other shots where shaped waves are applied are described in order to probe the lower rate response.

  16. X-ray diffraction study of the phase transformations in NiTi shape memory alloy

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    Uchil, J.; Fernandes, F.M. Braz . E-mail: kkmahesh@rediffmail.com

    2007-03-15

    The phase transformations occurring in heat-treated NiTi shape memory alloys have been studied through the analysis of variation in integrated peak area (integrated intensity) with temperature, under the XRD peak profiles in the transformation temperature range. For this purpose, integrated peak area under the prominent peak corresponding to (110) plane of the austenitic phase has been chosen. The results so obtained are compared with those got from the DSC method. The XRD method is found to be more sensitive.

  17. Functionally grading the shape memory response in NiTi films: Laser irradiation

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    Birnbaum, A. J.; Satoh, G.; Yao, Y. L.

    2009-08-15

    A new process and mechanism are presented for controlling the shape memory response spatially within monolithic NiTi thin film structures. This technique is shown to effectively control the martensitic phase transformation temperature and exhibits control over aspects of the mechanical and shape memory responses as well. Specifically, the martensitic phase transformation temperature decreases with incident laser energy density. Concomitant modifications are observed in both the mechanical and shape memory responses in laser processed films. Analysis and characterization are performed via temperature controlled optical microscopy, x-ray diffraction, atomic force microscopy, and nanoindentation.

  18. Shape-memory properties in Ni-Ti sputter-deposited film

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    Busch, J. D.; Johnson, A. D.; Lee, C. H.; Stevenson, D. A.

    1990-01-01

    A Ni-Ti alloy, generically called nitinol, was prepared from sputtering targets of two different compositions on glass substrates using a dc magnetron source. The as-deposited films were amorphous in structure and did not exhibit a shape memory. The amorphous films were crystallized with a suitable annealing process, and the transformation properties were measured using differential scanning calorimetry. The annealed films demonstrated a strong shape-memory effect. Stress/strain measurements and physical manipulation were used to evaluate the shape recovery. These tests demonstrated sustained tensile stresses of up to 480 MPa in the high-temperature phase, and a characteristic plastic deformation in the low-temperature phase.

  19. Shape-memory properties in Ni-Ti sputter-deposited film

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    Busch, J. D.; Johnson, A. D.; Lee, C. H.; Stevenson, D. A.

    1990-01-01

    A Ni-Ti alloy, generically called nitinol, was prepared from sputtering targets of two different compositions on glass substrates using a dc magnetron source. The as-deposited films were amorphous in structure and did not exhibit a shape memory. The amorphous films were crystallized with a suitable annealing process, and the transformation properties were measured using differential scanning calorimetry. The annealed films demonstrated a strong shape-memory effect. Stress/strain measurements and physical manipulation were used to evaluate the shape recovery. These tests demonstrated sustained tensile stresses of up to 480 MPa in the high-temperature phase, and a characteristic plastic deformation in the low-temperature phase.

  20. Biaxial Fatigue Behavior of Niti Shape Memory Alloy

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    2005-03-01

    M06 Abstract Nitinol is a shape memory alloy (SMA) capable of martensite-to-austenite phase transformations enabling shape-memory behavior. Shape...memory properties make Nitinol a strong candidate material for use in aircraft applications such as actuators. Structural integrity and reliability...torsion fatigue behavior of Nitinol at room temperature. Monotonic tests in tension and torsion were conducted to typify uni-directional stress-strain

  1. Investigation on microstructure and martensitic transformation of neodymium-added NiTi shape memory alloys

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    Maashaa, Dovchinvanchig; Dorj, Ulzii-Orshikh; Lee, Malrey; Lee, Min Hi; Zhao, Chunwang; Dashjav, Munguntsetseg; Woo, Seon-Mi

    2016-10-01

    The effect of rare earth element neodymium (Nd) addition on the microstructure and martensitic transformation behavior of Ni50Ti50-xNdx (x = 0, 0.1, 0.3, 0.5 and 0.7 at.%) shape memory alloy was investigated by scanning electronic microscope, X-ray diffraction and differential scanning calorimetry. The results show that the microstructure of Ni-Ti-Nd ternary alloy consists of NiNd phase, NiTi2 and the NiTi matrix. A one-step martensitic transformation is observed in the alloys. The martensitic transformation temperature Ms increases sharply increasing 0.1-0.7 at.% Nd content is added.

  2. Complex transformation field created by geometrical gradient design of NiTi shape memory alloy

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    Bakhtiari, Reza; Shariat, Bashir S.; Motazedian, Fakhrodin; Wu, Zhigang; Zhang, Junsong; Yang, Hong; Liu, Yinong

    Owing to geometrical non-uniformity, geometrically graded shape memory alloy (SMA) structures by design have the ability to exhibit different and novel thermal and mechanical behaviors compared to geometrically uniform conventional SMAs. This paper reports a study of the pseudoelastic behavior of geometrically graded NiTi plates. This geometrical gradient creates partial stress gradient over stress-induced martensitic transformation, providing enlarged stress controlling interval for shape memory actuation. Finite element modeling framework has been established to predict the deformation behavior of such structures in tensile loading cycles, which was validated by experiments. The modeling results show that the transformation mostly propagates along the gradient direction as the loading level increases.

  3. [Study of blood compatibility on TiO2 coated biomedical Ni-Ti shape memory alloy].

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    Gao, Shuchun; Zhai, Yuchun; Hu, Jinling

    2011-10-01

    We coated a thin TiO2 film on the surface of Ni-Ti shape memory alloy by activated sputter method in the present work. The blood platelet adherence and antithrombogenicity of the TiO2-coated Ni-Ti alloy were evaluated. The results showed that the platelets on the TiO2-coated Ni-Ti alloy were fewer than those on 316L stainless steel, and no agglomeration or distortion for the platelets on the coated alloy was found, which means less probability of blood coagulation for the alloy. The coagulation time on the coated Ni-Ti shape memory alloy was longer than that on the 316L. Compared with that on the 316L stainless steel, the TiO2 coated Ni-Ti shape memory alloy showed better blood compatibility, indicating that the Ni-Ti alloy with TiO2 coating is a kind of ideal biomedical materials with high clinical value.

  4. Characterization of NiTi Shape Memory Damping Elements designed for Automotive Safety Systems

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    Strittmatter, Joachim; Clipa, Victor; Gheorghita, Viorel; Gümpel, Paul

    2014-07-01

    Actuator elements made of NiTi shape memory material are more and more known in industry because of their unique properties. Due to the martensitic phase change, they can revert to their original shape by heating when subjected to an appropriate treatment. This thermal shape memory effect (SME) can show a significant shape change combined with a considerable force. Therefore such elements can be used to solve many technical tasks in the field of actuating elements and mechatronics and will play an increasing role in the next years, especially within the automotive technology, energy management, power, and mechanical engineering as well as medical technology. Beside this thermal SME, these materials also show a mechanical SME, characterized by a superelastic plateau with reversible elongations in the range of 8%. This behavior is based on the building of stress-induced martensite of loaded austenite material at constant temperature and facilitates a lot of applications especially in the medical field. Both SMEs are attended by energy dissipation during the martensitic phase change. This paper describes the first results obtained on different actuator and superelastic NiTi wires concerning their use as damping elements in automotive safety systems. In a first step, the damping behavior of small NiTi wires up to 0.5 mm diameter was examined at testing speeds varying between 0.1 and 50 mm/s upon an adapted tensile testing machine. In order to realize higher testing speeds, a drop impact testing machine was designed, which allows testing speeds up to 4000 mm/s. After introducing this new type of testing machine, the first results of vertical-shock tests of superelastic and electrically activated actuator wires are presented. The characterization of these high dynamic phase change parameters represents the basis for new applications for shape memory damping elements, especially in automotive safety systems.

  5. Dissimilar laser welding of NiTi shape memory alloy and copper

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    Zeng, Z.; Panton, B.; Oliveira, J. P.; Han, A.; Zhou, Y. N.

    2015-12-01

    This work is the first investigation of joining NiTi and copper. The successful Nd:YAG laser welding of NiTi to copper achieved in this work enables new methods of connecting shape memory alloys to electro-mechanical systems. Joints made with an optimum peak power of 2.2 kW accommodated pseudoelastic deformation of NiTi, proving their use with high strength actuators. Fracture occurred through the cross section of these defect-free joints. A lower peak power of 1.8 kW created weak joints with limited weld penetration of the copper sheet. This lack of bonding resulted in fracture occurring across the small disconnected joint areas. Joints made with a higher peak power of 2.6 kW had significant cracking in the fusion zone. Two regions of distinct Cu composition were found in the fusion zone, and cracking occurred at the interface between these regions because of their different physical properties. Failure initiated at this cracking and propagated through the fusion zone that had been embrittled by mixing with over 20 at.% Cu.

  6. Nature of hardness evolution in nanocrystalline NiTi shape memory alloys during solid-state phase transition.

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    Amini, Abbas; Cheng, Chun

    2013-01-01

    Due to a distinct nature of thermomechanical smart materials' reaction to applied loads, a revolutionary approach is needed to measure the hardness and to understand its size effect for pseudoelastic NiTi shape memory alloys (SMAs) during the solid-state phase transition. Spherical hardness is increased with depths during the phase transition in NiTi SMAs. This behaviour is contrary to the decrease in the hardness of NiTi SMAs with depths using sharp tips and the depth-insensitive hardness of traditional metallic alloys using spherical tips. In contrast with the common dislocation theory for the hardness measurement, the nature of NiTi SMAs' hardness is explained by the balance between the interface and the bulk energy of phase transformed SMAs. Contrary to the energy balance in the indentation zone using sharp tips, the interface energy was numerically shown to be less dominant than the bulk energy of the phase transition zone using spherical tips.

  7. Nature of hardness evolution in nanocrystalline NiTi shape memory alloys during solid-state phase transition

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    Amini, Abbas; Cheng, Chun

    2013-01-01

    Due to a distinct nature of thermomechanical smart materials' reaction to applied loads, a revolutionary approach is needed to measure the hardness and to understand its size effect for pseudoelastic NiTi shape memory alloys (SMAs) during the solid-state phase transition. Spherical hardness is increased with depths during the phase transition in NiTi SMAs. This behaviour is contrary to the decrease in the hardness of NiTi SMAs with depths using sharp tips and the depth-insensitive hardness of traditional metallic alloys using spherical tips. In contrast with the common dislocation theory for the hardness measurement, the nature of NiTi SMAs' hardness is explained by the balance between the interface and the bulk energy of phase transformed SMAs. Contrary to the energy balance in the indentation zone using sharp tips, the interface energy was numerically shown to be less dominant than the bulk energy of the phase transition zone using spherical tips. PMID:23963305

  8. Texture memory and strain-texture mapping in a NiTi shape memory alloy

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    Ye, B.; Majumdar, B. S.; Dutta, I.

    2007-08-06

    The authors report on the near-reversible strain hysteresis during thermal cycling of a polycrystalline NiTi shape memory alloy at a constant stress that is below the yield strength of the martensite. In situ neutron diffraction experiments are used to demonstrate that the strain hysteresis occurs due to a texture memory effect, where the martensite develops a texture when it is cooled under load from the austenite phase and is thereafter ''remembered.'' Further, the authors quantitatively relate the texture to the strain by developing a calculated strain-texture map or pole figure for the martensite phase, and indicate its applicability in other martensitic transformations.

  9. Martensitic transformations and morphology studies of NiTi shape memory alloy

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    Murari, M. S.; Pattabi, Manjunatha

    2017-05-01

    The forward transformation temperatures Martensite Start (Ms) and Martensite Finish (Mf) during cooling, reverse transformation temperatures Austenite Start (As) and Austenite Finish (Af) during heating are very sensitive to the thermal and mechanical history of the Shape Memory Alloy (SMA). Heat treatments, cold and hot roll, thermal and mechanical cycling have great influence on the transformation temperatures. Different characterizing techniques like Differential Scanning Calorimeter (DSC), X-Ray Diffractometer (XRD), Electrical Resistivity (ER) and Thermo Mechanical Analyzer (TMA) were employed to study the phase transformation temperatures of NiTi alloy. The microstructure of the samples was studied with Atomic Force Microscope (AFM), Optical Microscope (OM) and Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscope (FESEM).

  10. Development and Verification of Sputtered Thin-Film Nickel-Titanium (NiTi) Shape Memory Alloy (SMA)

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    2015-08-01

    Shape Memory Alloy (SMA) by Cory R Knick and Christopher J Morris Approved for public release; distribution unlimited...Laboratory Development and Verification of Sputtered Thin-Film Nickel-Titanium (NiTi) Shape Memory Alloy (SMA) by Cory R Knick and Christopher...

  11. Shape-memory transformations of NiTi: Minimum-energy pathways between austenite, martensites, and kinetically limited intermediate states

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    Zarkevich, N. A.; Johnson, D. D.

    2014-12-24

    NiTi is the most used shape-memory alloy, nonetheless, a lack of understanding remains regarding the associated structures and transitions, including their barriers. Using a generalized solid-state nudge elastic band (GSSNEB) method implemented via density-functional theory, we detail the structural transformations in NiTi relevant to shape memory: those between body-centered orthorhombic (BCO) groundstate and a newly identified stable austenite (“glassy” B2-like) structure, including energy barriers (hysteresis) and intermediate structures (observed as a kinetically limited R-phase), and between martensite variants (BCO orientations). All results are in good agreement with available experiment. We contrast the austenite results to those from the often-assumed, but unstable B2. Furthermore, these high- and low-temperature structures and structural transformations provide much needed atomic-scale detail for transitions responsible for NiTi shape-memory effects.

  12. Shape-memory transformations of NiTi: minimum-energy pathways between austenite, martensites, and kinetically limited intermediate states.

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    Zarkevich, N A; Johnson, D D

    2014-12-31

    NiTi is the most used shape-memory alloy; nonetheless, a lack of understanding remains regarding the associated structures and transitions, including their barriers. Using a generalized solid-state nudged elastic band method implemented via density-functional theory, we detail the structural transformations in NiTi relevant to shape memory: those between a body-centered orthorhombic (bco) ground state and a newly identified stable austenite ("glassy" B2-like) structure, including energy barriers (hysteresis) and intermediate structures (observed as a kinetically limited R phase), and between martensite variants (bco orientations). All results are in good agreement with available experiment. We contrast the austenite results to those from the often-assumed, but unstable B2. These high- and low-temperature structures and structural transformations provide much needed atomic-scale detail for transitions responsible for NiTi shape-memory effects.

  13. Shape-memory transformations of NiTi: Minimum-energy pathways between austenite, martensites, and kinetically limited intermediate states

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    Zarkevich, N. A.; Johnson, D. D.

    2014-12-24

    NiTi is the most used shape-memory alloy, nonetheless, a lack of understanding remains regarding the associated structures and transitions, including their barriers. Using a generalized solid-state nudge elastic band (GSSNEB) method implemented via density-functional theory, we detail the structural transformations in NiTi relevant to shape memory: those between body-centered orthorhombic (BCO) groundstate and a newly identified stable austenite (“glassy” B2-like) structure, including energy barriers (hysteresis) and intermediate structures (observed as a kinetically limited R-phase), and between martensite variants (BCO orientations). All results are in good agreement with available experiment. We contrast the austenite results to those from the often-assumed, butmore » unstable B2. Furthermore, these high- and low-temperature structures and structural transformations provide much needed atomic-scale detail for transitions responsible for NiTi shape-memory effects.« less

  14. Surface structure and properties of biomedical NiTi shape memory alloy after Fenton's oxidation.

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    Chu, C L; Hu, T; Wu, S L; Dong, Y S; Yin, L H; Pu, Y P; Lin, P H; Chung, C Y; Yeung, K W K; Chu, Paul K

    2007-09-01

    Fenton's oxidation is traditionally used to remove inorganic and organic pollutants from water in waster water treatment. It is an advanced oxidation process in which H2O2 is catalytically decomposed by ferrous irons into hydroxyl radicals (*OH) which have a higher oxidation potential (2.8V) than H2O2. In the work reported here, we for the first time use Fenton's oxidation to modify the surface of biomedical NiTi shape memory alloy (SMA). The influences of Fenton's oxidation on the surface microstructure, blood compatibility, leaching of harmful Ni ions and corrosion resistance in simulated body fluids is assessed using scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry, electrochemical tests, hemolysis analysis and the blood platelet adhesion test. The mechanical stability of the surface titania film produced by Fenton's oxidation as well as their effects on the shape memory behavior of the SMA are studied by bending tests. Our results show that Fenton's oxidation produces a novel nanostructured titania gel film with a graded structure on the NiTi substrate without an intermediate Ni-rich layer that is typical of high-temperature oxidation. Moreover, there is a clear Ni-free zone near the top surface of the titania film. The surface structural changes introduced by Fenton's oxidation improve the electrochemical corrosion resistance and mitigate Ni release. The latter effects are comparable to those observed after oxygen plasma immersion ion implantation reported previously and better than those of high-temperature oxidation. Aging in boiling water improves the crystallinity of the titania film and further reduces Ni leaching. Blood platelet adhesion is remarkably reduced after Fenton's oxidation, suggesting that the treated SMA has improved thrombo resistance. Enhancement of blood compatibility is believed to stem from the improved hemolysis resistance, the surface wettability and the

  15. Spray Forming of NiTi and NiTiPd Shape-Memory Alloys

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    Mabe, James; Ruggeri, Robert; Noebe, Ronald

    2008-01-01

    In the work to be presented, vacuum plasma spray forming has been used as a process to deposit and consolidate prealloyed NiTi and NiTiPd powders into near net shape actuators. Testing showed that excellent shape memory behavior could be developed in the deposited materials and the investigation proved that VPS forming could be a means to directly form a wide range of shape memory alloy components. The results of DSC characterization and actual actuation test results will be presented demonstrating the behavior of a Nitinol 55 alloy and a higher transition temperature NiTiPd alloy in the form of torque tube actuators that could be used in aircraft and aerospace controls.

  16. Narrow thermal hysteresis of NiTi shape memory alloy thin films with submicrometer thickness

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    Hou, Huilong; Hamilton, Reginald F. Horn, Mark W.

    2016-09-15

    NiTi shape memory alloy (SMA) thin films were fabricated using biased target ion beam deposition (BTIBD), which is a new technique for fabricating submicrometer-thick SMA thin films, and the capacity to exhibit shape memory behavior was investigated. The thermally induced shape memory effect (SME) was studied using the wafer curvature method to report the stress-temperature response. The films exhibited the SME in a temperature range above room temperature and a narrow thermal hysteresis with respect to previous reports. To confirm the underlying phase transformation, in situ x-ray diffraction was carried out in the corresponding phase transformation temperature range. The B2 to R-phase martensitic transformation occurs, and the R-phase transformation is stable with respect to the expected conversion to the B19′ martensite phase. The narrow hysteresis and stable R-phase are rationalized in terms of the unique properties of the BTIBD technique.

  17. Spray Forming of NiTi and NiTiPd Shape-Memory Alloys

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    Mabe, James; Ruggeri, Robert; Noebe, Ronald

    2008-01-01

    In the work to be presented, vacuum plasma spray forming has been used as a process to deposit and consolidate prealloyed NiTi and NiTiPd powders into near net shape actuators. Testing showed that excellent shape memory behavior could be developed in the deposited materials and the investigation proved that VPS forming could be a means to directly form a wide range of shape memory alloy components. The results of DSC characterization and actual actuation test results will be presented demonstrating the behavior of a Nitinol 55 alloy and a higher transition temperature NiTiPd alloy in the form of torque tube actuators that could be used in aircraft and aerospace controls.

  18. Scale up of NiTi shape memory alloy production by EBM

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    Otubo, J.; Rigo, O. D.; Moura Neto, C.; Kaufman, M. J.; Mei, P. R.

    2003-10-01

    The usual process to produce NiTi shape memory alloy is by vacuum induction melting (VIM) using a graphite crucible, which causes contamination of the melt with carbon. Contamination with oxygen originates from the residual oxygen inside the melting chamber. An alternative process to produce NiTi alloys is by electron beam melting (EBM) using a water-cooled copper crucible that eliminates carbon contamination, and the oxygen contamination would be minimal due to operation in a vacuum of better than 10^{-2} Pa. In a previous work, it was demonstrated that the technique is feasible for button shaped samples weighing around 30g. The present work presents the results on the scale up program that enables the production of larger samples/ingots. The results are very promising in terms of chemical composition homogeneity as well as in terms of carbon contamination, the latter being four to ten times lower than the commercially-produced VIM products, and in terms of final oxygen content which is shown to depend primarily on the starting raw materials.

  19. Effect of EDTA solution on corrosion fatigue of Ni-Ti files with different shapes.

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    Hasegawa, Yuki; Goto, Shin-ichi; Ogura, Hideo

    2014-01-01

    This study aimed to evaluate the effect of EDTA solutions (3% and 10% EDTA•2Na) on corrosion fatigue of three Ni-Ti files with different shapes, in comparison with other solutions (6% NaClO, 3% H2O2, 0.9% NaCl and distilled water). Ni-Ti files were subjected to rotational bending in a bent glass tube (30° and 60° angles) filled with the solutions, and the number of rotations to failure was counted. At 30° bent angle, files in the two EDTA solutions showed significantly lower resistance than those in distilled water, but no significant difference was found between the two EDTA solutions. Fatigue resistance of two tested files in the two EDTA solutions was not significantly different from those in the other three solutions, whereas one file in EDTA solutions showed significantly lower resistance than that in 3% H2O2. At 60° bent angle, early failure within 1-2.5 min was observed for all tested files, and no significant difference was found among the six solutions. At both angles, significant differences in fatigue resistance were observed among the three tested files, which could be related to the difference in the cross-sectional shapes of the files.

  20. Characterisation of melt spun Ni-Ti shape memory Ribbons' microstructure

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    Mehrabi, Kambiz; Brunčko, Mihael; Kneissl, Albert C.; Čolič, Miodrag; Stamenković, Dragoslav; Ferčec, Janko; Anžel, Ivan; Rudolf, Rebeka

    2012-06-01

    NiTi alloys are the most technologically important medical Shape Memory Alloys in a wide range of applications used in Orthopaedics, Neurology, Cardiology and interventional Radiology as guide-wires, self-expandable stents, stent grafts, inferior vena cava filters and clinical instruments. This paper discusses the use of rapid solidification by the melt spinning method for the preparation of thin NiTi ribbons for medical uses. Generally, the application of rapid solidification via melt-spinning can change the microstructure drastically, which improves ductility and shape memory characteristics and leads to samples with small dimensions. As the increase in the wheel speed led to a reduced ribbon thickness, the cooling rate increased and, therefore, the martensitic substructure became finer. Furthermore, no transition from the crystalline phase to the amorphous phase was obtained by increasing the cooling rate, even at a wheel speed of 30 m/s. Specimens for our metallographic investigation were cut from the longitudinal cross sections of melt-spun ribbons. Conventional TEM studies were carried out with an acceleration voltage of 120 kV. Additionally, the chemical composition of the samples was examined with a TEM equipped with an EDX analyser. The crystallographic structure was determined using Bragg-Brentano x-ray diffraction with Cu-Kα radiation at room temperature.

  1. Laser and Surface Processes of NiTi Shape Memory Elements for Micro-actuation

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    Nespoli, Adelaide; Biffi, Carlo Alberto; Previtali, Barbara; Villa, Elena; Tuissi, Ausonio

    2014-04-01

    In the current microtechnology for actuation field, shape memory alloys (SMA) are considered one of the best candidates for the production of mini/micro devices thanks to their high power-to-weight ratio as function of the actuator weight and hence for their capability of generating high mechanical performance in very limited spaces. In the microscale the most suitable conformation of a SMA actuator is given by a planar wavy formed arrangement, i.e., the snake-like shape, which allows high strokes, considerable forces, and devices with very low sizes. This uncommon and complex geometry becomes more difficult to be realized when the actuator dimensions are scaled down to micrometric values. In this work, micro-snake-like actuators are laser machined using a nanosecond pulsed fiber laser, starting from a 120- μm-thick NiTi sheet. Chemical and electrochemical surface polishes are also investigated for the removal of the thermal damages of the laser process. Calorimetric and thermo-mechanical tests are accomplished to assess the NiTi microdevice performance after each step of the working process. It is shown that laser machining has to be followed by some post-processes in order to obtain a micro-actuator with good thermo-mechanical properties.

  2. Oxide Scales Formed on NiTi and NiPtTi Shape Memory Alloys

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    Smialek, James L.; Garg, Anita; Rogers, Richard B.; Noebe, Ronald D.

    2011-01-01

    Ni-49Ti and Ni-30Pt-50Ti (at.%) shape memory alloys were oxidized isothermally in air over the temperature range of 500 to 900 C. The microstructure, composition, and phase content of the scales were studied by SEM, EDS, XRD, and metallography. Extensive plan view SEM/EDS identified various features of intact or spalled scale surfaces. The outer surface of the scale was a relatively pure TiO2 rutile structure, typified by a distinct highly striated and faceted crystal morphology. Crystal size increased significantly with temperature. Spalled regions exhibited some porosity and less distinct features. More detailed information was obtained by correlation of SEM/EDS studies of 700 C/100 hr cross-sections with XRD analyses of serial or taper-polishing of plan surfaces. Overall, multiple layers exhibited graded mixtures of NiO, TiO2, NiTiO3, Ni(Ti) or Pt(Ni,Ti) metal dispersoids, Ni3Ti or Pt3Ti depletion zones, and substrate, in that order. The NiTi alloy contained a 3 at.% Fe impurity that appeared in embedded localized Fe-Ti-rich oxides, while the NiPtTi alloy contained a 2 v/o dispersion of TiC that appeared in lower layers. The oxidation kinetics of both alloys (in a previous report) indicated parabolic growth and an activation energy (250 kJ/mole) near those reported in other Ti and NiTi studies. This is generally consistent with TiO2 existing as the primary scale constituent, as described here.

  3. Effect of micro-arc oxidation surface modification on the properties of the NiTi shape memory alloy.

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    Xu, J L; Zhong, Z C; Yu, D Z; Liu, F; Luo, J M

    2012-12-01

    In this paper, the effects of micro-arc oxidation (MAO) surface modification (alumina coatings) on the phase transformation behavior, shape memory characteristics, in vitro haemocopatibility and cytocompatibility of the biomedical NiTi alloy were investigated respectively by differential scanning calorimetry, bending test, hemolysis ratio test, dynamic blood clotting test, platelet adhesion test and cytotoxicity testing by human osteoblasts (Hobs). The results showed that there were no obvious changes of the phase transformation temperatures and shape memory characteristics of the NiTi alloy after the MAO surface modification and the coating could withstand the thermal shock and volume change caused by martensite-austenite phase transformation. Compared to the uncoated NiTi alloys, the MAO surface modification could effectively improve the haemocopatibility of the coated NiTi alloys by the reduced hemolysis ratio, the prolonged dynamic clotting time and the decreased number of platelet adhesion; and the rough and porous alumina coatings could obviously promote the adherence, spread and proliferation of the Hobs with the significant increase of proliferation number of Hobs adhered on the surface of the coated NiTi alloys (P < 0.05).

  4. A novel active fire protection approach for structural steel members using NiTi shape memory alloy

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    Sadiq, H.; Wong, M. B.; Al-Mahaidi, R.; Zhao, X. L.

    2013-02-01

    A novel active fire protection approach, based on integrating a shape memory alloy, NiTi, with a steel structure, was proposed to satisfy the fire resistance requirements in structural design. To demonstrate the principles of this approach, a simple structure in the form of a simply supported steel beam was used. The internal action of the beam due to a transverse applied load was reduced by utilizing the shape memory effect in the NiTi alloy at rising temperatures. As a result, the net internal action from the load design was kept below the deteriorated load capacity of the beam during the fire scenario for period of time that was longer than that of the original beam without the NiTi alloy. By integrating the NiTi alloy into the beam system, the structure remained stable even though the steel temperature exceeded the critical temperature which may have caused the original beam structure to collapse. Prior to testing the composite NiTi-steel beam under simulated fire conditions, the NiTi alloy specimens were characterized at high temperatures. At 300 °C, the stiffness of the specimens increased by three times and its strength by four times over that at room temperature. The results obtained from the high-temperature characterization highlighted the great potential of the alloy being used in fire engineering applications.

  5. Two-way Shape Memory Effect of NiTi under Compressive Loading Cycles

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    Yoo, Young Ik; Lee, Jung Ju

    In this study, the two-way shape memory effect (TWSME) of a Ni-54.5 at.% Ti alloy was investigated experimentally to develop a NiTi linear actuator. The two-way shape memory effect was induced through a compressive shape memory cycle composed of four steps: (1) loading to maximum deformation; (2) unloading; (3) heating; (4) and cooling. Six types of specimens (one solid cylindrical and five tubular) were used to obtain the twoway shape memory strain and two-way recovery stress and to evaluate the actuating capacity. The two-way actuating strain showed a convergent tendency after several training cycles for the same maximum deformation. A maximum value of the two-way strain was obtained for 7% of maximum deformation, independently of the geometry of the tubular specimens. The two-way strains obtained by the shape memory cycles and two-way recovery stress linearly increase as a function of the maximum deformation and the two-way strain, respectively, and the geometry of specimen affects the two-way recovery stress. Although the results show that sufficient recovery stress can be generated by either the two-way shape memory process or by the one-way shape memory process, the two-way shape memory process can be applied more conveniently to actuating applications.

  6. Microscale Repeatability of the Shape-Memory Effect in Fine NiTi Wires

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    Gong, Joyce Yue; Daly, Samantha H.

    2016-12-01

    An experimental investigation into microscale transformation characteristics of polycrystalline NiTi wires of 500 µm diameter during shape memory cycling is discussed, with emphasis on the characterization of a pronounced heterogeneity in the strain distribution evident during detwinning of the martensite phase upon application of load and its persistence throughout the actuation cycle. Using scanning electron microscopy-digital image correlation, full-field strain maps at the microscale were obtained during shape memory cycling. It was found that the strains induced by detwinning were quite heterogeneous at the microscale, and could display a large degree of similarity with thermo-mechanical cycling that tended to increase as cycling progressed. Residual strain concentrated at locations where strain accumulation from detwinning and plasticity were significant, indicating that martensitic detwinning and the associated plasticity that occurs with it is spatially correlated to the subsequent accumulation of residual strain at the microscale.

  7. Thermomechanical response of NiTi shape-memory nanoprecipitates in TiV alloys

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    Maisel, S. B.; Ko, W.-S.; Zhang, J.-L.; Grabowski, B.; Neugebauer, J.

    2017-08-01

    We study the properties of NiTi shape-memory nanoparticles coherently embedded in TiV matrices using three-dimensional atomistic simulations based on the modified embedded-atom method. To this end, we develop and present a suitable NiTiV potential for our simulations. Employing this potential, we identify the conditions under which the martensitic phase transformation of such a nanoparticle is triggered—specifically, how these conditions can be tuned by modifying the size of the particle, the composition of the surrounding matrix, or the temperature and strain state of the system. Using these insights, we establish how the transformation temperature of such particles can be influenced and discuss the practical implications in the context of shape-memory strengthened alloys.

  8. Wearless scratch on NiTi shape memory alloy due to phase transformational shakedown

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    Feng, Xi-Qiao; Qian, Linmao; Yan, Wenyi; Sun, Qingping

    2008-03-01

    Cyclic microscratch tests were performed to examine the scratching behavior of NiTi shape memory alloy. It shows a superior wear resistance within the temperature range of 22-120°C, but the corresponding physical mechanisms are different at low and high temperatures. We introduced the concept of phase transformational shakedown to interpret the wear-resistant behavior. At room temperature, a scratch groove may be caused by repeated scratching, but its depth stops increasing after a certain number of scratching cycles once the phase transformational shakedown state has been achieved. The groove will be self-healed upon heating as a result of the shape memory effect. At 60 and 120°C, however, no evident scratch groove is observed under the same load due to the pseudoelastic effect and the increase in the phase transition stress with temperature.

  9. Photothermal depth profiles of mechanically and electrolytically polished NiTi shape memory alloys (abstract)

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    Delgadillo-Holtfort, I.; Gibkes, J.; Kaack, M.; Dietzel, D.; Bein, B. K.; Pelzl, J.; Buschka, M.; Weinert, K.; Bram, M.; Buchkremer, H. P.; Stöver, D.

    2003-01-01

    Machining of NiTi shape memory alloys (SMA) is difficult due to the required special tools, techniques, and the wear of cutting tools. Thus metal injection molding (MIM) of NiTi powders followed by polishing processes may be an alternative fabrication process for SMA components. Transient heat input across the surface and heat transport inside SMA components are important aspects for their functional efficiency. In this work the influence of polishing processes on the thermal depth profiles of SMA materials and the thermal bulk properties of MIM samples are analyzed with the help of photothermal IR radiometry. The effects of polishing have been studied both for polycrystalline nearly equiatomic NiTi alloy and MIM samples. Bulk samples, cut from a polycrystalline ingot of nearly equiatomic NiTi, had first been heat treated and flash cooled to reduce the concentration of nonequiatomic precipitations. In the second step, sample 1 was polished mechanically with a plane grinder, sample 2 was polished electrochemically in an electrolytic bath, and sample 3 was first polished electrolytically and then mechanically. The thermal depth profiles have been measured by frequency dependent photothermal radiometry using an intensity modulated argon-ion laser pump beam. The PTR amplitudes and phases have been calibrated with the signals recorded for glassy carbon. We will show the frequency variation of the inversely normalized amplitudes which correspond to the effusivity depth profile. The polished samples exhibit different depth profiles: that of electrolytic polishing (2) is most distinct from any other, while that after mechanical polishing (1) and that of combined electrolytic and mechanical polishing (3) are similar. The depth dependence of the effusivity can roughly be approximated by a three-layer model consisting of a surface layer of about 10 μm, a subsurface layer extending about 100 μm into the sample, followed by the bulk material at large penetration depths. In

  10. Influence of Ni on Martensitic Phase Transformations in NiTi Shape Memory Alloys

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    Frenzel, J.; George, Easo P; Dlouhy, A.; Somsen, Ch.; Wagner, M. F.-X; Eggeler, G.

    2010-01-01

    High-precision data on phase transformation temperatures in NiTi, including numerical expressions for the effect of Ni on M{sub S}, M{sub F}, A{sub S}, A{sub F} and T{sub 0}, are obtained, and the reasons for the large experimental scatter observed in previous studies are discussed. Clear experimental evidence is provided confirming the predictions of Tang et al. 1999 regarding deviations from a linear relation between the thermodynamic equilibrium temperature and Ni concentration. In addition to affecting the phase transition temperatures, increasing Ni contents are found to decrease the width of thermal hysteresis and the heat of transformation. These findings are rationalized on the basis of the crystallographic data of Prokoshkin et al. 2004 and the theory of Ball and James. The results show that it is important to document carefully the details of the arc-melting procedure used to make shape memory alloys and that, if the effects of processing are properly accounted for, precise values for the Ni concentration of the NiTi matrix can be obtained.

  11. Laser shock wave assisted patterning on NiTi shape memory alloy surfaces

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    Seyitliyev, Dovletgeldi; Li, Peizhen; Kholikov, Khomidkhodza; Grant, Byron; Karaca, Haluk E.; Er, Ali O.

    2017-02-01

    An advanced direct imprinting method with low cost, quick, and less environmental impact to create thermally controllable surface pattern using the laser pulses is reported. Patterned micro indents were generated on Ni50Ti50 shape memory alloys (SMA) using an Nd:YAG laser operating at 1064 nm combined with suitable transparent overlay, a sacrificial layer of graphite, and copper grid. Laser pulses at different energy densities which generates pressure pulses up to 10 GPa on the surface was focused through the confinement medium, ablating the copper grid to create plasma and transferring the grid pattern onto the NiTi surface. Scanning electron microscope (SEM) and optical microscope images of square pattern with different sizes were studied. One dimensional profile analysis shows that the depth of the patterned sample initially increase linearly with the laser energy until 125 mJ/pulse where the plasma further absorbs and reflects the laser beam. In addition, light the microscope image show that the surface of NiTi alloy was damaged due to the high power laser energy which removes the graphite layer.

  12. Mechanical and Microstructural Characterization of Porous NiTi Shape Memory Alloys

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    Scalzo, O.; Turenne, S.; Gauthier, M.; Brailovski, V.

    2009-09-01

    This article presents the mechanical behavior of porous NiTi in the context of biomedical applications related to bone prostheses. To produce the porous metallic material, a novel technique consisting of mixing prealloyed NiTi powder with a polymer powder and a foaming agent has been used. This method permits control of the size of pores and the porosity level. For the present study, pores similar to those found in bones (400 to 500 μm) were obtained with a total porosity of the specimens varying from 50 to 70 pct. The compression mechanical testing carried out on small cylindrical specimens revealed shape memory deformation recovery up to 6.4 pct, while the superelastic behavior resulted in a reversible deformation up to 7.7 pct. By varying the amount of porosity, it was possible to obtain Young’s moduli in the range of 2.6 to 4.6 GPa, which is similar to the modulus of cancellous (spongy) human bone.

  13. Fabrication and static characterization of carbon-fiber-reinforced polymers with embedded NiTi shape memory wire actuators

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    de Araújo, C. J.; Rodrigues, L. F. A.; Coutinho Neto, J. F.; Reis, R. P. B.

    2008-12-01

    In this work, unidirectional carbon-fiber-reinforced polymers (CFRP) with embedded NiTi shape memory alloy (SMA) wire actuators were manufactured using a universal testing machine equipped with a thermally controlled chamber. Beam specimens containing cold-worked, annealed and trained NiTi SMA wires distributed along their neutral plane were fabricated. Several tests in a three-point bending mode at different constant temperatures were performed. To verify thermal buckling effects, electrical activation of the specimens was realized in a cantilevered beam mode and the influence of the SMA wire actuators on the tip deflection of the composite is demonstrated.

  14. [Histocompatibility of porous hydroxyapatite coating NiTi shape memory alloy].

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    Zhang, Haijun; Wang, Shuanke; Zhao, Bin

    2009-04-01

    To evaluate the histocompatibility of porous hydroxyapatite (HAP) coating NiTi shape memory alloy and to provide a theoretical basis for its clinical application in bone defect repair. Twenty-four Chinchilla rabbits weighing 2.0-2.5 kg were randomized into experimental group and control group (n=12). HAP coating NiTi shape memory alloy was implanted into the distal part of left femur of 12 rabbits in the experimental group, while holes without alloy implantation were performed on the control group. At 7, 14, 28 and 56 days after implantation, the animals were killed (3 rabbits in each group at a time). Gross observation, histology observation, BMP-2 immunohistochemistry observation and image grey scale analysis were performed. And the histology observation was evaluated by GB/T16886.6-1997 in terms of inflammation, capsule wall of fibrous tissue, materials degradation and the response of peripheral tissue. All of the animals survived until being killed. The implants reached a peak embedded in bone tissue wholly, without loosening and bone absorption. The inflammatory cell infiltration and fibrous hyperplasia were at 7 days after implantation, with the formation of cyst wall of fibrous tissue and the implant wrapped by the cyst wall. The response of connective tissue proliferation was still obvious in partial samples of experimental group at 56 days after implantation, which was wrose than the control group but consistent with the in vivo implantation standard of GB/T16886.6-1997. Immunohistochemistry observation displayed the endogenous BMP-2 were in the cytoplasm of MSCs and osteoblast. The result of image analysis showed the expression of BMP-2 were staged in line with the repair of bone defect, two groups witnessed the peak expression of the BMP-2 at 14 days after implantation. There were no significant differences among different time points in the staining gray scale of BMP-2 (P > 0.05). HAP coating NiTi shape memory alloy, as a biomedical material, has

  15. Kinetic model of thermoelastic martensite transformation in NiTi and NiMn based shape memory alloys

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    Wu, K.H.; Shi, J.D.; Yang, F.; Pu, Z.J.

    1996-12-31

    A new, quantitative model was developed to describe the martensite transformation kinetics of thermoelastic shape memory alloys (SMAs). In addition, a series of experiments were conducted to study the kinetics of thermoelastic martensite transformation in four SMA systems: NiTi, NiTi-15at%Hf, NiTi-20at%Zr and NiMn-7.5at%Ti alloys. Comparisons between data of the kinetic of martensite transformation with the present theoretic models show that the proposed model is in good agreement and concurs with the experimental data. Also, a comparison of data from the proposed model with data from existing kinetic models, such as Liang`s and Magee`s indicates that the proposed model can better describe the experimental data, including the relationship between d{xi}(T)/dT and {xi}, and d{xi}(T)/dT and T.

  16. Microstructure of NiTi shape memory alloy due to tension-compression cyclic deformation

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    Xie, Z.; Liu, Y.; Humbeeck, J. van

    1998-03-23

    Experimental results have shown that, during mechanical cycling under tension-compression load within {+-}4% strains, the NiTi shape memory alloy is cyclic strain-hardened. The maximum stresses under both tension and compression increase with increasing number of cycles and tend to stabilize with further cycling. The present work is focused on the martensite microstructure developed as a result of mechanical cycling. TEM observations show that, before cycling, the martensite variants are well self-accommodated to each other with the <011> type II twinning as the main lattice invariant shear. After mechanical cycling, the martensite plates are still self-accommodated and the (11{bar 1}) type I twinning is most frequently observed. In addition to the stress-induced re-orientation of martensite and twin boundary movement within the martensite plate, various lattice defects have been developed both in the junction plane areas of martensite plates and within the martensite twins.

  17. Impact of Different Electrical Time-Based Activations on NiTi Shape Memory Alloys

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    Fleczok, Benjamin; Rathmann, Christian; Otibar, Dennis; Weirich, Antonia; Kuhlenkötter, Bernd

    2017-06-01

    The use of NiTi shape-memory alloys (SMA) in actuators bears significant advantages for designing robust, simple and lightweight applications. The SMA effect is based on a phase transformation of the atomic lattice in response to stress, strain and temperature. The resulting crystallographic configurations lead to a complex behavior revealing different electrical and mechanical characteristics. In view of the impact of thermo-mechanical cyclization on the operational lifetime, this paper investigates the influences of different types of electrical activation. For this purpose, six current curves with six samples each are compared to a reference activation with regard to the operational lifetime. The chosen time of activation is 1 second in accordance with an industrially relevant cycle of technical actuators. Based on the results of these investigations, recommendations of the activation type shall be developed for the operational lifetime of NiTi-SMA.

  18. Porous NiTi shape memory alloys produced by SHS: microstructure and biocompatibility in comparison with Ti2Ni and TiNi3.

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    Bassani, Paola; Panseri, Silvia; Ruffini, Andrea; Montesi, Monica; Ghetti, Martina; Zanotti, Claudio; Tampieri, Anna; Tuissi, Ausonio

    2014-10-01

    Shape memory alloys based on NiTi have found their main applications in manufacturing of new biomedical devices mainly in surgery tools, stents and orthopedics. Porous NiTi can exhibit an engineering elastic modulus comparable to that of cortical bone (12-17 GPa). This condition, combined with proper pore size, allows good osteointegration. Open cells porous NiTi was produced by self propagating high temperature synthesis (SHS), starting from Ni and Ti mixed powders. The main NiTi phase is formed during SHS together with other Ni-Ti compounds. The biocompatibility of such material was investigated by single culture experiment and ionic release on small specimen. In particular, NiTi and porous NiTi were evaluated together with elemental Ti and Ni reference metals and the two intermetallic TiNi3, Ti2Ni phases. This approach permitted to clearly identify the influence of secondary phases in porous NiTi materials and relation with Ni-ion release. The results indicated, apart the well-known high toxicity of Ni, also toxicity of TiNi3, whilst phases with higher Ti content showed high biocompatibility. A slightly reduced biocompatibility of porous NiTi was ascribed to combined effect of TiNi3 presence and topography that requires higher effort for the cells to adapt to the surface.

  19. Geometric analysis of root canals prepared by four rotary NiTi shaping systems.

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    Hashem, Ahmed Abdel Rahman; Ghoneim, Angie Galal; Lutfy, Reem Ahmed; Foda, Manar Yehia; Omar, Gihan Abdel Fatah

    2012-07-01

    A great number of nickel-titanium (NiTi) rotary systems with noncutting tips, different cross-sections, superior resistance to torsional fracture, varying tapers, and manufacturing method have been introduced to the market. The purpose of this study was to evaluate and compare the effect of 4 rotary NiTi preparation systems, Revo-S (RS; Micro-Mega, Besancon Cedex, France), Twisted file (TF; SybronEndo, Amersfoort, The Netherlands), ProFile GT Series X (GTX; Dentsply, Tulsa Dental Specialties, Tulsa, OK), and ProTaper (PT; Dentsply Maillefer, Ballaigues, Switzerland), on volumetric changes and transportation of curved root canals. Forty mesiobuccal canals of mandibular molars with an angle of curvature ranging from 25° to 40° were divided according to the instrument used in canal preparation into 4 groups of 10 samples each: group RS, group TF, group GTX, and group PT. Canals were scanned using an i-CAT CBCT scanner (Imaging Science International, Hatfield, PA) before and after preparation to evaluate the volumetric changes. Root canal transportation and centering ratio were evaluated at 1.3, 2.6, 5.2, and 7.8 mm from the apex. The significance level was set at P ≤ .05. The PT system removed a significantly higher amount of dentin than the other systems (P = .025). At the 1.3-mm level, there was no significant difference in canal transportation and centering ratio among the groups. However, at the other levels, TF maintained the original canal curvature recording significantly the least degree of canal transportation as well as the highest mean centering ratio. The TF system showed superior shaping ability in curved canals. Revo-S and GTX were better than ProTaper regarding both canal transportation and centering ability. Copyright © 2012 American Association of Endodontists. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  20. Reliability and accuracy for actuation of devices using R-phase transition of a NiTi shape memory alloy

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    Charbonnier, P.; Robin, R.

    1995-11-01

    Shape memory alloys actuators find their most effective use in devices such as the valve developed by IMAGO for EDF (Electricite de France). To fulfill the need for a very simple, reliable and accurate valve for EDF an actuator based on the R phase transition of a NiTi shape memory alloy was chosen. The actuator has to open or close strengthfully a valve in a water heating equipment in order to limit the existing gradient of temperature. This function allows it to save electrical energy and to distribute hot water with a more constant temperature. Results of fatigue life and corrosion characterization of NiTi shape memory alloy will be shown, followed by tests completed on the device itself, which show a very good accuracy and reliability.

  1. Experimental observations on mechanical response of three-phase NiTi shape memory alloy under uniaxial tension

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    Xiao, Yao; Zeng, Pan; Lei, Liping

    2016-10-01

    In this paper, the mechanical behavior of three-phase NiTi shape memory alloy (SMA) is examined in a wide temperature range using in situ digital image correlation. By varying the temperature and the cooling/heating history, we get the specimens with initial austenite (A), initial R-phase (R), initial martensite (M), initial mixture of A and R, initial mixture of R and M and initial mixture of A and M. It is observed in the experiments that NiTi SMA exhibits localized A → M transformation and R → M transformation while homogenous R-reorientation and martensitic reorientation. Moreover, the influence of the initial mixed states, i.e. mixture of A and M, mixture of R and M and mixture of A and R, on the mechanical response of NiTi SMA is discussed. Interestingly, we find that the specimens with initial mixture of R and M demonstrate homogenous deformation manner and the emergence of R in M facilitates the transformation of NiTi SMA greatly. The three-phase phase diagram is also established. The thermal dependences of the critical transformation stresses associated with various transformation processes are calculated for further theoretical investigation and simulation.

  2. The effect of severe grain refinement on the damage tolerance of a superelastic NiTi shape memory alloy.

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    Leitner, Thomas; Sabirov, Ilchat; Pippan, Reinhard; Hohenwarter, Anton

    2017-03-27

    Nickel-titanium (NiTi) shape memory alloys are widely used for medical components, as they can accommodate large strains in their superelastic state. In order to further improve the mechanical properties of NiTi, grain refinement by severe plastic deformation is applied to generate an ultrafine-grained microstructure with increased strength. In this work comprehensive fracture and fatigue crack growth experiments were performed on ultrafine-grained NiTi to assess its damage tolerance, which is essential for the safe use of this material in medical applications. It was found, that equal channel angular pressing of NiTi for 8 passes route BC increases the transformation stress by a factor of 1.5 and the yield stress of the martensite by a factor of 2.6, without significantly deteriorating its fracture and fatigue crack growth behavior. The fatigue crack growth behavior at high mean stresses is even improved, with lower fatigue crack growth rates and higher threshold stress intensity factor ranges, however, beneficial contributions from crack closure are slightly reduced.

  3. Texture and Strain Measurements from Bending of NiTi Shape Memory Alloy Wires

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    Carl, Matthew; Zhang, Baozhuo; Young, Marcus L.

    2016-09-01

    Shape memory alloys (SMAs) are a new generation of materials that exhibit unique nonlinear deformations due to a phase transformation which allows the material to return to its original shape after removal of stress or a change in temperature. These unique properties are the result of a martensitic/austenitic phase transformation through the application of temperature changes or applied stress. Many technological applications of austenitic SMAs involve cyclical mechanical loading and unloading in order to take advantage of pseudoelasticity, but are limited due to poor fatigue life. In this paper, commercial pseudoelastic NiTi SMA wires (50.7 at.% Ni) were placed under different bending strains and examined using scanning electron microscopy and high-energy synchrotron radiation X-ray diffraction (SR-XRD). By observing the microstructure, phase transformation temperatures, surface texture and diffraction patterns along the wire, it is shown that the wire exhibits a strong anisotropic behavior whether on the tensile or compressive side of the bending axis and that the initiation of micro-cracks in the wires is localized on the compression side, but that crack propagation will still happen if the wire is reloaded in the opposite direction. In addition, lattice strains are examined for both the austenite and martensite phases.

  4. High strain rate deformation of martensitic NiTi shape memory alloy

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    Liu, Y.; Humbeeck, J. van; Li, Y.; Ramesh, K.T.

    1999-06-04

    Shape memory alloys possess three fundamental properties due to their unique deformation mechanisms: shape memory effect, superelasticity and high damping capacity. The first two properties have already shown significant prospects for application, while the third one has not attracted significant attention. Recently, however, these materials appear promising for civil engineering applications due to the high damping capacity, coupling with good strength, ductility and very good corrosion resistance. Previous research on the deformation behavior of SMAs has been focused on low strain rates. Recently, some preliminary results have been reported on stress-induced martensite formation with austenitic SMAs subjected to impact. However, the high strain rate deformation behavior of SMAs in their martensitic state has not been reported. In the present work, the mechanical behavior of a martensitic NiTi SMA under very high state rate (3 {times} 10{sup 3} s{sup {minus}1}) compression is obtained and is primarily compared to its low rate (3 {times} 10{sup {minus}4} s{sup {minus}1}) deformation behavior.

  5. Texture evolution during isothermal, isostrain, and isobaric loading of polycrystalline shape memory NiTi

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    Nicholson, D. E.; Padula, S. A.; Benafan, O.; Vaidyanathan, R.

    2017-06-01

    In situ neutron diffraction was used to provide insights into martensite variant microstructures during isothermal, isobaric, and isostrain loading in shape memory NiTi. The results show that variant microstructures were equivalent for the corresponding strain, and more importantly, the reversibility and equivalency were immediately evident in variant microstructures that were first formed isobarically but then reoriented to near random self-accommodated microstructures following isothermal deformation. Variant microstructures formed isothermally were not significantly affected by a subsequent thermal cycle under constant strain. In all loading cases considered, the resulting variant microstructure correlated with strain and did not correlate with stress. Based on the ability to select a variant microstructure for a given strain despite thermomechanical loading history, the results demonstrated here can be obtained by following any sequence of thermomechanical loading paths over multiple cycles. Thus, for training shape memory alloys (repeating thermomechanical cycling to obtain the desired variant microstructure), optimal paths can be selected so as to minimize the number of training cycles required, thereby increasing the overall stability and fatigue life of these alloys in actuator or medical applications.

  6. Recoverable stress induced two-way shape memory effect on NiTi surface using laser-produced shock wave

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    Seyitliyev, Dovletgeldi; Li, Peizhen; Kholikov, Khomidkhodza; Grant, Byron; Thomas, Zachary; Alal, Orhan; Karaca, Haluk E.; Er, Ali O.

    2017-02-01

    The surfaces of Ni50Ti50 shape memory alloys (SMAs) were patterned by laser scribing. This method is more simplistic and efficient than traditional indentation techniques, and has also shown to be an effective method in patterning these materials. Different laser energy densities ranging from 5 mJ/pulse to 56 mJ/pulse were used to observe recovery on SMA surface. The temperature dependent heat profiles of the NiTi surfaces after laser scribing at 56 mJ/pulse show the partially-recovered indents, which indicate a "shape memory effect (SME)" Experimental data is in good agreement with theoretical simulation of laser induced shock wave propagation inside NiTi SMAs. Stress wave closely followed the rise time of the laser pulse to its peak values and initial decay. Further investigations are underway to improve the SME such that the indents are recovered to a greater extent.

  7. Atom redistribution and multilayer structure in NiTi shape memory alloy induced by high energy proton irradiation

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    Wang, Haizhen; Yi, Xiaoyang; Zhu, Yingying; Yin, Yongkui; Gao, Yuan; Cai, Wei; Gao, Zhiyong

    2017-10-01

    The element distribution and surface microstructure in NiTi shape memory alloys exposed to 3 MeV proton irradiation were investigated. Redistribution of the alloying element and a clearly visible multilayer structure consisting of three layers were observed on the surface of NiTi shape memory alloys after proton irradiation. The outermost layer consists primarily of a columnar-like TiH2 phase with a tetragonal structure, and the internal layer is primarily comprised of a bcc austenite phase. In addition, the Ti2Ni phase, with an fcc structure, serves as the transition layer between the outermost and internal layer. The above-mentioned phenomenon is attributed to the preferential sputtering of high energy protons and segregation induced by irradiation.

  8. Challenges During Microstructural Analysis and Mechanical Testing of Small-Scale Pseudoelastic NiTi Structures

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    Hahn, S.; Wagner, M. F.-X.

    2016-06-01

    Most investigations on NiTi-based shape memory alloys involve large-scale bulk material; knowledge about the martensitic transformation in small-scale NiTi structures is still limited. In this paper, we study the microstructures of thin NiTi layers and their mechanical properties, and we discuss typical challenges that arise when experiments are performed on small samples. A physical vapor deposition (PVD) process was used to deposit thin NiTi wires with a cross section of 15 × 15 μm2 and dogbone-shaped samples 5 × 500 μm2. Microstructural properties were characterized by X-ray diffraction, electron backscatter diffraction, and scanning electron microscopy. Moreover, tensile tests were performed using optical strain measurements in order to observe martensite band formation during cyclic loading. The surfaces of the crystalline wires reflect the columnar growth of NiTi during deposition. The wires exhibit pseudoelastic material behavior during tensile testing. Fracture typically occurs along the columns because the column growth direction is perpendicular to the straining direction. Electropolishing removes these local stress raisers and hence increases fracture strains. Our results demonstrate that the pseudoelastic properties of the PVD-processed materials agree well with those of conventional NiTi, and that they provide new opportunities to study the fundamentals of martensitic transformation in small-scale model systems.

  9. Laser welding of NiTi shape memory alloy wires and tubes for multi-functional design applications

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    Zeng, Zhi; Yang, Mao; Oliveira, João Pedro; Song, Di; Peng, Bei

    2016-08-01

    Welding and joining of NiTi shape memory alloys is essential for their integration into an increasing variety of applications. Almost all manufacturers and a significant number of researchers focus their investigation on welding NiTi, which can present both pseudoelasticity (PE) and shape memory effect. Integration of these materials would provide increased flexibility in terms of smart design, in particular for multi-functional systems. The current work investigates the mechanical, physical and phase transformation properties of similar (base materials (BMs) with the same composition) and dissimilar (BMs with different compositions) NiTi welded shape memory wires. The similar and dissimilar welded joints were successfully achieved by laser welding, which can reach up to 88.4% and 67.5% of the wire BM ductility. The joint break force of the similar and dissimilar joints were of 77.2% and 71.4% of the wire BM, respectively. Moreover, laser welding was found to effectively preserve the PE on the similar welded structures. The residual plastic strain variation of the dissimilar welded specimens at different temperatures during the cycling test may be helpful for design of multi-functional or flexible monolithic structures.

  10. Structure and properties of nitrided surface layer produced on NiTi shape memory alloy by low temperature plasma nitriding

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    Czarnowska, Elżbieta; Borowski, Tomasz; Sowińska, Agnieszka; Lelątko, Józef; Oleksiak, Justyna; Kamiński, Janusz; Tarnowski, Michał; Wierzchoń, Tadeusz

    2015-04-01

    NiTi shape memory alloys are used for bone and cardiological implants. However, on account of the metallosis effect, i.e. the release of the alloy elements into surrounding tissues, they are subjected to various surface treatment processes in order to improve their corrosion resistance and biocompatibility without influencing the required shape memory properties. In this paper, the microstructure, topography and morphology of TiN surface layer on NiTi alloy, and corrosion resistance, both before and after nitriding in low-temperature plasma at 290 °C, are presented. Examinations with the use of the potentiodynamic and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy methods were carried out and show an increase of corrosion resistance in Ringer's solution after glow-discharge nitriding. This surface titanium nitride layer also improved the adhesion of platelets and the proliferation of osteoblasts, which was investigated in in vitro experiments with human cells. Experimental data revealed that nitriding NiTi shape memory alloy under low-temperature plasma improves its properties for bone implant applications.

  11. Surface characterizations of laser modified biomedical grade NiTi shape memory alloys.

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    Pequegnat, A; Michael, A; Wang, J; Lian, K; Zhou, Y; Khan, M I

    2015-05-01

    Laser processing of shape memory alloys (SMAs) promises to enable the multifunctional capabilities needed for medical device applications. Prior to clinical implementation, the surface characterisation of laser processed SMA is essential in order to understand any adverse biological interaction that may occur. The current study systematically investigated two Ni-49.8 at.% Ti SMA laser processed surface finishes, including as-processed and polished, while comparing them to a chemically etched parent material. Spectrographic characterisation of the surface included; X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), auger electron spectroscopy (AES), and Raman spectroscopy. Corrosion performance and Ni ion release were also assessed using potentiodynamic cyclic polarization testing and inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectroscopy (ICP-OES), respectively. Results showed that surface defects, including increased roughness, crystallinity and presence of volatile oxide species, overshadowed any possible performance improvements from an increased Ti/Ni ratio or inclusion dissolution imparted by laser processing. However, post-laser process mechanical polishing was shown to remove these defects and restore the performance, making it comparable to chemically etched NiTi material. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  12. Damping characteristics of R-phase NiTi shape memory alloys

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    Wu, Kuang-Hsi; Dalip, S. K.; Liu, Y. Q.; Pu, Zhongjie J.

    1995-05-01

    This paper focuses on the study of damping behavior associated with the R-phase in NiTi shape memory alloy. The variation of the tan((delta) ) and Young's modulus as a function of temperature, ramp rate, frequency, and applied amplitude are systematically studied using a dynamic mechanical analyzer (DMA). It was found that the tan((delta) ) versus the temperature curve exhibits four peaks during the thermal cycle, two peaks each in the heating and in the cooling process. These peaks correspond to the martensite to R-phase, R-phase to austenite, austenite to R-phase, and R-phase to martensite transformations. The value of the tan((delta) ) at each peak is in proportion to the ramp rate and in reverse proportion to frequency. The vibration amplitude tends to have a minor effect on the tan((delta) ). The variation of these peaks with ramp rate, frequency, and amplitude are discussed based on the Delorme and De Jonghe damping model. In addition, the experimental results show that an isotropic softening occurs in the Young's modulus during martensite to R-phase, R-phase to austenite, austenite to R-phase, and R-phase to martensite transformations.

  13. Treatment of Clavicular Nonunions with Shape Memory Ni-Ti Alloy Swan-Like Bone Connector

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    Liu, Xin-Wei; Xu, Shuo-Gui; Wang, Pan-Feng; Zhang, Chun-Cai

    2011-07-01

    Disability caused by nonunited fracture of the clavicle is a rare condition that is expressed by local pain. This condition is usually treated by reduction of the fracture and stable fixation with augmentation by autogenous bone graft. This is a retrospective study to assess outcome of the treatment of clavicular nonunion with a novel shape memory Ni-Ti alloy swan-like bone connector (SMC). August, 2003 to December, 2006, 5 consecutive patients with clavicular nonunion were treated using SMC in our hospital. The SMC device was cooled with ice before implantation and then warmed to 40-50 °C after implantation, to produce balanced axial and compression forces that would stabilize the fracture. We have used cancellous bone grafting in all our cases to obtain solid healing. Average follow-up was 37 months (range 25-58). In all patients, satisfactory osseous union was achieved. There was no complication from the hardware. The average Constant score which is for evaluating function of injured shoulder after operation was 86 points (average Constant score for the unaffected shoulder was 95). All patients were very satisfied with the treatment and outcome. The SMC provides a new effective method for fracture fixation and treatment of bone nonunion for clavicle.

  14. Design of automatic rotor blades folding system using NiTi shape memory alloy actuator

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    Ali, M. I. F.; Abdullah, E. J.

    2016-10-01

    This present paper will study the requirements for development of a new Automatic Rotor Blades Folding (ARBF) system that could possibly solve the availability, compatibility and complexity issue of upgrading a manual to a fully automatic rotor blades folding system of a helicopter. As a subject matter, the Royal Malaysian Navy Super Lynx Mk 100 was chosen as the baseline model. The aim of the study was to propose a design of SMART ARBF's Shape Memory Alloy (SMA) actuator and proof of operating concept using a developed scale down prototype model. The performance target for the full folding sequence is less than ten minutes. Further analysis on design requirements was carried out, which consisted of three main phases. Phase 1 was studying the SMA behavior on the Nickel Titanium (NiTi) SMA wire and spring (extension type). Technical values like activation requirement, contraction length, and stroke- power and stroke-temperature relationship were gathered. Phase 2 was the development of the prototype where the proposed design of stepped-retractable SMA actuator was introduced. A complete model of the SMART ARBF system that consisted of a base, a main rotor hub, four main rotor blades, four SMA actuators and also electrical wiring connections was fabricated and assembled. Phase 3 was test and analysis whereby a PINENG-PN968s-10000mAh Power Bank's 5 volts, which was reduced to 2.5 volts using LM2596 Step-Down Converter, powered and activated the NiTi spring inside each actuator. The bias spring (compression type), which functions to protract and push the blades to spread position, will compress together with the retraction of actuators and pull the blades to the folding position. Once the power was removed and SMA spring deactivated, the bias spring stiffness will extend the SMA spring and casing and push the blades back to spread position. The timing for the whole revolution was recorded. Based on the experimental analysis, the recorded timing for folding sequence is

  15. Processing and Characterization of NiTi Shape Memory Alloy Particle Reinforced Sn-In Solders

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    2006-12-01

    behavior of different phases of NiTi at constant temperature............................ 16 Figure 8. DSC curves of NiTi wire . Note that upon...cooling the wire transforms to R-phase prior to the martensitic transformation. Upon heating, the As and Af temperatures are similar, as the monoclinic...Copper Rod Interface .......................................... 40 Figure 19. Typical Micro-structure of the monolithic solder

  16. A macroscopic multi-mechanism based constitutive model for the thermo-mechanical cyclic degeneration of shape memory effect of NiTi shape memory alloy

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    Yu, Chao; Kang, Guozheng; Kan, Qianhua

    2017-01-01

    A macroscopic based multi-mechanism constitutive model is constructed in the framework of irreversible thermodynamics to describe the degeneration of shape memory effect occurring in the thermo-mechanical cyclic deformation of NiTi shape memory alloys (SMAs). Three phases, austenite A, twinned martensite Mt and detwinned martensite Md , as well as the phase transitions occurring between each pair of phases (A→ M t , Mt→ A , A→ M d , Md→ A , and Mt→ M d) are considered in the proposed model. Meanwhile, two kinds of inelastic deformation mechanisms, martensite transformation-induced plasticity and reorientation-induced plasticity, are used to explain the degeneration of shape memory effects of NiTi SMAs. The evolution equations of internal variables are proposed by attributing the degeneration of shape memory effect to the interaction between the three phases (A, Mt , and Md) and plastic deformation. Finally, the capability of the proposed model is verified by comparing the predictions with the experimental results of NiTi SMAs. It is shown that the degeneration of shape memory effect and its dependence on the loading level can be reasonably described by the proposed model.

  17. A macroscopic multi-mechanism based constitutive model for the thermo-mechanical cyclic degeneration of shape memory effect of NiTi shape memory alloy

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    Yu, Chao; Kang, Guozheng; Kan, Qianhua

    2017-06-01

    A macroscopic based multi-mechanism constitutive model is constructed in the framework of irreversible thermodynamics to describe the degeneration of shape memory effect occurring in the thermo-mechanical cyclic deformation of NiTi shape memory alloys (SMAs). Three phases, austenite A, twinned martensite Mt and detwinned martensite Md, as well as the phase transitions occurring between each pair of phases (A→ M t, Mt→ A, A→ M d, Md→ A, and Mt→ M d) are considered in the proposed model. Meanwhile, two kinds of inelastic deformation mechanisms, martensite transformation-induced plasticity and reorientation-induced plasticity, are used to explain the degeneration of shape memory effects of NiTi SMAs. The evolution equations of internal variables are proposed by attributing the degeneration of shape memory effect to the interaction between the three phases ( A, Mt, and Md) and plastic deformation. Finally, the capability of the proposed model is verified by comparing the predictions with the experimental results of NiTi SMAs. It is shown that the degeneration of shape memory effect and its dependence on the loading level can be reasonably described by the proposed model.

  18. Study of the microstructure evolution of heat treated Ti-rich NiTi shape memory alloy

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    Tadayyon, Ghazal; Mazinani, Mohammad; Guo, Yina; Zebarjad, Seyed Mojtaba; Tofail, Syed A.M.; Biggs, Manus J.P.

    2016-02-15

    Martensitic evolution in Ti-rich NiTi alloy, Ti50.5Ni49.5, has been investigated as a function of annealing, solution treatment and a combination thereof and a detailed electron microscopic investigation carried out. Self-accommodated martensite plates resulted in all heat treated samples. Martensitic < 011 > type II twins, which are common in NiTi shape memory alloys, was found in both as-received and heat-treated samples. Solution treated samples, additionally, showed {11-1} type I twinning was also found in samples that have been annealed after solution-treatment. Another common feature of the microstructure in both as-received and heat treated samples is the formation of Ti{sub 2}Ni precipitates. The size, number and dispersions of these precipitates can be controlled by resorting to a suitable heat treatment e.g. solution treatment.

  19. Surface structure and corrosion resistance of short-time heat-treated NiTi shape memory alloy

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    Vojtěch, D.; Voděrová, M.; Fojt, J.; Novák, P.; Kubásek, T.

    2010-12-01

    NiTi alloys are attractive materials that are used for medicine, however, Ni-release may cause allergic reactions in an organism. The Ni-release rate is strongly affected by the surface state of the NiTi alloy that is mainly determined by its processing route. In this study, a NiTi shape memory alloy (50.9 at.% Ni) was heat-treated by several regimes simulating the shape setting procedure, the last step in the manufacture of implants. Heating temperatures were between 500 and 550 °C and durations from 5 to 10 min. Heat treatments were performed in air at normal and low pressure and in a salt bath. The purpose of the treatments was to obtain and compare different surface states of the Ni-Ti alloy. The surface state and chemistry of heat-treated samples were investigated by electron microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and Raman spectrometry. The amount of nickel released into a model physiological solution of pH 2 and into concentrated HCl was taken as a measure of the corrosion rate. It was found that the heat treatments produced surface TiO 2 layers measuring 15-50 nm in thickness that were depleted in nickel. The sample covered by the 15-nm thick oxide that was treated at 500 °C/5 min in a low pressure air showed the best corrosion performance in terms of Ni-release. As the oxide thickness increased, due to either temperature or oxygen activity change, Ni-release into the physiological solution accelerated. This finding is discussed in relation to the internal structure of the oxide layers.

  20. Deformation induced martensite in NiTi and its shape memory effects generated by low temperature laser shock peening

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    Liao, Yiliang; Ye, Chang; Lin, Dong; Suslov, Sergey; Cheng, Gary J.

    2012-08-01

    In this study, laser shock peening (LSP) was utilized to generate localized deformation induced martensite (DIM) in NiTi shape memory alloy. The DIM was investigated by x-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy. The effects of temperature and laser intensity on DIM transformation were investigated. It has been found that higher laser intensity and lower processing temperature leads to higher volume fraction of DIM. This is attributed to the increase of the chemical driving force and the increase in the density of potential martensite variant for martensite nucleation at low temperatures. The localized shape memory effect in micrometer scale after low temperature LSP has been evaluated.

  1. Fiber laser micromachining of thin NiTi tubes for shape memory vascular stents

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    Liu, Lei; Li, Dong Bo; Tong, Yi Fei; Zhu, Yu Fu

    2016-07-01

    Nickel titanium (NiTi) alloy has widely been used in the vascular stent manufacturing due to its excellent properties. Neodymium-doped yttrium aluminum garnet (Nd:YAG) laser is commonly used for the preparation of metal vascular stents. Recently, fiber lasers have been used for stent profiling for better cutting quality. To investigate the cutting-kerf characters of NiTi vascular stents fabricated by fiber laser cutting, laser cutting experiments with thin NiTi tubes were conducted in this study, while NiTi sheets were used in other fiber laser cutting studies. Different with striation topography, new topographies such as layer topography and topography mixed with layers and striations were observed, and the underlying reason for new topographies was also discussed. Comparative research on different topographies was conducted through analyzing the surface roughness, kerf width, heat-affected zone (HAZ) and dross formation. Laser cutting process parameters have a comprehensive influence on the cutting quality; in this study, the process parameters' influences on the cutting quality were studied from the view of power density along the cutting direction. The present research provides a guideline for improving the cutting quality of NiTi vascular stents.

  2. Grain size effects on stability of nonlinear vibration with nanocrystalline NiTi shape memory alloy

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    Xia, Minglu; Sun, Qingping

    2017-10-01

    Grain size effects on stability of thermomechanical responses for a nonlinear torsional vibration system with nanocrystalline superelastic NiTi bar are investigated in the frequency and amplitude domains. NiTi bars with average grain size from 10 nm to 100 nm are fabricated through cold-rolling and subsequent annealing. Thermomechanical responses of the NiTi bar as a softening nonlinear damping spring in the torsional vibration system are obtained by synchronised acquisition of rotational angle and temperature under external sinusoidal excitation. It is shown that nonlinearity and damping capacity of the NiTi bar decrease as average grain size of the material is reduced below 100 nm. Therefore jump phenomena of thermomechanical responses become less significant or even vanish and the vibration system becomes more stable. The work in this paper provides a solid experimental base for manipulating the undesired jump phenomena of thermomechanical responses and stabilising the mechanical vibration system through grain refinement of NiTi SMA.

  3. Thermomechanical responses of nonlinear torsional vibration with NiTi shape memory alloy - Alternative stable states and their jumps

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    Xia, Minglu; Sun, Qingping

    2017-05-01

    The dynamic response of nonlinear torsional vibration system with phase transformable NiTi Shape Memory Alloy (SMA) wire is investigated by experiment in this paper. The thermomechanical responses of the NiTi wire as a softening nonlinear damping spring in the torsional vibration system are measured by synchronized acquisition of rotational angle and temperature under external excitation. Frequency Response Curves (FRCs) at fixed excitation amplitude and Amplitude Response Curves (ARCs) at fixed frequency are obtained in the frequency and amplitude domains respectively. It is found that, as the deformation of NiTi wire goes into the softening nonlinear phase transition region, the smooth and stable dynamic responses along one branch of FRC or ARC will gradually enter into metastable region and eventually become unstable and drastically switch to a new contrasting alternative stable state along the other branch. The jump phenomenon between the alternative stable states on the lower and upper branches of the FRC or ARC and the hysteresis between the jump-up and jump-down are identified by experiments. In addition, the effects of external disturbance (both magnitude and direction) on triggering the jumps between the alternative stable states along the two metastable branches are examined in the time domain. The stability of the nonlinear dynamic response is analyzed by the Duffing oscillator model and interpreted via the stability landscape. For the first time, we directly reveal the alternative stable states and jump phenomena of thermomechanical responses by experiments in the frequency, amplitude and time domains. The results not only show the important roles of phase transition nonlinearity in bringing multiple equilibrium states and their fast switches, but also provide a solid experimental base for the identification of metastable regions as well as further management of the undesired dynamic responses of vibration system where NiTi is used as a nonlinear

  4. Hybrid a-CNH+TiO2+TiN-type surface layers produced on NiTi shape memory alloy for cardiovascular applications.

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    Witkowska, Justyna; Sowińska, Agnieszka; Czarnowska, Elżbieta; Płociński, Tomasz; Kamiński, Janusz; Wierzchoń, Tadeusz

    2017-09-01

    The goal was to improve the properties of NiTi shape memory alloy to make it suitable for cardiac applications. For this purpose, a hybrid a-CNH+TiO2+TiN-type surface layer was produced on NiTi alloy and characterized. The NiTi alloy subjected to hybrid process combining low-temperature oxynitriding under glow discharge conditions and radio frequency chemical vapor deposition process was examined for microstructure, surface topography, corrosion resistance, wettability and surface-free energy, Ni ion release and platelets adhesion, aggregation and activation. The hybrid surface layers showed slightly increased surface roughness, better corrosion resistance, a more hydrophobic nature, decreased surface free energy, smaller release of nickel ions and reduced platelets activation. The produced layers could expand the range of NiTi medical applications.

  5. Biocorrosion investigation of two shape memory nickel based alloys: Ni-Mn-Ga and thin film NiTi.

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    Stepan, L L; Levi, D S; Gans, E; Mohanchandra, K P; Ujihara, M; Carman, G P

    2007-09-01

    Thin film nitinol and single crystal Ni-Mn-Ga represent two new shape memory materials with potential to be used as percutaneously placed implant devices. However, the biocompatibility of these materials has not been adequately assessed. Immersion tests were conducted on both thin film nitinol and single crystal Ni-Mn-Ga in Hank's balanced salt solution at 37 degrees C and pH 7.4. After 12 h, large pits were found on the Ni-Mn-Ga samples while thin film nitinol displayed no signs of corrosion. Further electrochemical tests on thin film nitinol samples revealed breakdown potentials superior to a mechanically polished nitinol disc. These results suggest that passivation or electropolishing of thin film nitinol maybe unnecessary to promote corrosion resistance.

  6. Constitutive model for the dynamic response of a NiTi shape memory alloy

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    Shi, Xiaohong; Zeng, Xiangguo; Chen, Huayan

    2016-07-01

    In this paper, based on irreversible thermodynamic theory, the Helmholtz free energy function, was selected to deduce both the master equations and evolution equations of the constitutive model of a NiTi alloy under high strain. The Helmholtz free energy function contains the parameters of the reflecting phase transition and plastic property. The constitutive model for a NiTi alloy was implemented using a semi-implicit stress integration algorithm. Four successive stages can be differentiated and simulated: parent phase elasticity, martensitic phase transition, martensitic elasticity, and dislocation yield. The simulation results are in good agreement with the experimental results.

  7. Machining and Phase Transformation Response of Room-Temperature Austenitic NiTi Shape Memory Alloy

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    Kaynak, Yusuf

    2014-09-01

    This experimental work reports the results of a study addressing tool wear, surface topography, and x-ray diffraction analysis for the finish cutting process of room-temperature austenitic NiTi alloy. Turning operation of NiTi alloy was conducted under dry, minimum quantity lubrication (MQL) and cryogenic cooling conditions at various cutting speeds. Findings revealed that cryogenic machining substantially reduced tool wear and improved surface topography and quality of the finished parts in comparison with the other two approaches. Phase transformation on the surface of work material was not observed after dry and MQL machining, but B19' martensite phase was found on the surface of cryogenically machined samples.

  8. METHOD OF ELECTROPOLISHING URANIUM

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    Walker, D.E.; Noland, R.A.

    1959-07-14

    A method of electropolishing the surface of uranium articles is presented. The process of this invention is carried out by immersing the uranium anticle into an electrolyte which contains from 35 to 65% by volume sulfuric acid, 1 to 20% by volume glycerine and 25 to 50% by volume of water. The article is made the anode in the cell and polished by electrolyzing at a voltage of from 10 to 15 volts. Discontinuing the electrolysis by intermittently withdrawing the anode from the electrolyte and removing any polarized film formed therein results in an especially bright surface.

  9. Electrical response of a NiTi shape memory alloy used as an actuator in a 25 kV recloser

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    Lours, T.; Daigneault, G.

    1995-11-01

    Shape-memory alloys (SMAs) have already been proposed as active components of low-voltage interrupting systems, i.e. the part through which the current off the line to be protected would pass. When a fault (overcurrent) occurs, the change of shape of the SMA element actuates the interrupting mechanism. In this work, the feasibility of using a NiTi SMA part to actuate the vacuum interrupting chamber of a 600A-25KV recloser is studied. After a detailed analysis of the specifications of the installation, the behavior under current of a suitable NiTi element is evaluated.

  10. The effect of martensite plasticity on the cyclic deformation of super-elastic NiTi shape memory alloy

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    Song, Di; Kang, Guozheng; Kan, Qianhua; Yu, Chao; Zhang, Chuanzeng

    2014-01-01

    Based on stress-controlled cyclic tension-unloading experiments with different peak stresses, the effect of martensite plasticity on the cyclic deformation of super-elastic NiTi shape memory alloy micro-tubes is investigated and discussed. The experimental results show that the reverse transformation from the induced martensite phase to the austenite phase is gradually restricted by the plastic deformation of the induced martensite phase caused by an applied peak stress that is sufficiently high (higher than 900 MPa), and the extent of such restriction increases with further increasing the peak stress. The residual and peak strains of super-elastic NiTi shape memory alloy accumulate progressively, i.e., transformation ratchetting occurs during the cyclic tension-unloading with peak stresses from 600 to 900 MPa, and the transformation ratchetting strain increases with the increase of the peak stress. When the peak stress is higher than 900 MPa, the peak strain becomes almost unchanged, but the residual strain accumulates and the dissipation energy per cycle decreases very quickly with the increasing number of cycles due to the restricted reverse transformation by the martensite plasticity. Furthermore, a quantitative relationship between the applied stress and the stabilized residual strain is obtained to reasonably predict the evolution of the peak strain and the residual strain.

  11. Thermomechanical cyclic loading and fatigue life characterization of nickel rich NiTi shape-memory alloy actuators

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    Bertacchini, Olivier W.; Lagoudas, Dimitris C.; Calkins, Frederick T.; Mabe, James H.

    2008-03-01

    Within the last decade, the development of compact SMA actuators has led to the design of smart structures such as the Variable Geometry Chevron (VGC), designed by Boeing engineers. The chevrons are aerodynamic devices actuated by SMA beam actuators and placed along the trailing edge of a jet engine to provide noise reduction. The SMA actuators are clamped on an elastic substrate that provides a biasing force allowing repeated one-way shape memory effect under cyclic thermal actuation. In this work, a comprehensive characterization of thermally induced fatigue behavior of nickel-rich NiTi SMA actuators subject to different constant applied stresses is presented. The influence of various parameters is studied in order to assess the fatigue behavior of nickel-rich NiTi, namely: two heat treatments, two heat treatment environments, three fatigue test specimen thicknesses and four stress levels. The purpose of this thermomechanical fatigue study is to evaluate the shape recovery stability, the influence of large applied stresses, the amount of permanent deformation and the resulting failure mechanisms. Fatigue limits of ~ 5,000 to ~ 60,000 cycles were found for applied stress levels ranging from 250 MPa to 100 MPa.

  12. Comparative study of root-canal shaping with stainless steel and rotary NiTi files performed by preclinical dental students.

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    Alrahabi, Mothanna

    2015-01-01

    We evaluated the use of NiTi rotary and stainless steel endodontic instruments for canal shaping by undergraduate students. We also assessed the quality of root canal preparation as well as the occurrence of iatrogenic events during instrumentation. In total, 30 third-year dental students attending Taibah University Dental College prepared 180 simulated canals in resin blocks with NiTi rotary instruments and stainless steel hand files. Superimposed images were prepared to measure the removal of material at different levels from apical termination using the GSA image analysis software. Preparation time, procedural accidents, and canal shape after preparation were analyzed using χ 2 and t-tests. The statistical significance level was set at P < 0.05. There were significant differences in preparation time between NiTi instruments and stainless steel files; the former was associated with shorter preparation time, less ledge formation (1.1% vs. 14.4%), and greater instrument fracture (5.56% vs. 1.1%). These results indicate that NiTi rotary instruments result in better canal geometry and cause less canal transportation. Manual instrumentation using stainless steel files is safer than rotary instrumentation for inexperienced students. Intensive preclinical training is a prerequisite for using NiTi rotary instruments. These results prompted us to reconsider theoretical and practical coursework when teaching endodontics.

  13. Modeling of hydrogen effect on the superelastic behavior of Ni-Ti shape memory alloy wires

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    Lachiguer, Amani; Bouby, Céline; Gamaoun, Fehmi; Bouraoui, Tarak; Ben Zineb, Tarak

    2016-11-01

    Superelastic NiTi wires are widely used in orthodontic treatments, but sometimes fracture can be observed after few months of use in buccal cavity and attributed to the degradation of NiTi mechanical properties due to hydrogen absorption. In this paper, a modeling approach is proposed in order to describe the effect of hydrogen diffusion on the transformation properties of NiTi SMAs. In order to experimentally predict such effects, cathodic hydrogen charging was performed at a current density of 10 A/{m}2 for 6h, 24h, 48h and 72h in 0.9% NaCl aqueous solution at room temperature. Tensile tests were carried out shortly after hydrogen charging. The obtained stress-strain curves showed an increase of yield transformation stresses for forward and reverse martensitic transformations and a decrease of maximum transformation strain. Using Fick’s second law, the transformation temperatures variation can be expressed as a function of the mean concentration of absorbed hydrogen and then taked into account in the SMA constitutive model developed by Chemisky et al (2011). The numerical results are compared to the experimental ones to calibrate the proposed method. Simulations showed that hydrogen diffusion induces a shifting of transfomation temperatures, a decreasing of maximum transformation strain and an increasing of yield transfomation stresses.

  14. An experimental study of the two-way shape memory effect in a NiTi tubular actuator

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    Yoo, Young Ik; Lee, Jung Ju; Lee, Chang Ho; Lim, Jae Hyuk

    2010-12-01

    In this paper, the two-way shape memory effect (TWSME) in a Ti-54.5 Ni(wt%) alloy was investigated experimentally to develop a NiTi linear actuator. The two-way shape memory effect was induced through a compressive shape memory cycle comprising four steps: (1) loading to maximum deformation; (2) unloading (3) heating and (4) cooling. Six types of specimen (one solid cylindrical and five tubular) were used to obtain the two-way shape memory strain and two-way recovery stress and to evaluate the actuating capacity. The two-way actuating strain showed a saturated tendency after several training cycles for the same maximum deformation. A maximum value of the two-way strain was obtained for 7% of maximum deformation, independently of the geometry of the tubular specimens. The two-way strains obtained by the shape memory cycles and two-way recovery stress linearly increase as a function of the maximum deformation and the two-way strain, respectively, and the geometry of specimen affects the two-way recovery stress. Although the results show that sufficient recovery stress can be generated by either the two-way shape memory process or by the one-way shape memory process, the two-way shape memory process can be applied more conveniently to actuating applications.

  15. Infrared thermography videos of the elastocaloric effect for shape memory alloys NiTi and Ni2FeGa

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    Pataky, Garrett J.; Ertekin, Elif; Sehitoglu, Huseyin

    2015-01-01

    Infrared thermogrpahy was utilized to record the temperature change during tensile loading cycles of two shape memory alloy single crystals with pseudoelastic behavior. During unloading, a giant temperature drop was measured in the gage section due to the elastocaloric effect. This data article provides a video of a [001] oriented Ni2FeGa single crystal, including the corresponding stress–strain curve, shows the temperature drop over one cycle. The second video of a [148] oriented NiTi single crystal depicts the repeatability of the elastocaloric effect by showing two consecutive cycles. The videos are supplied in this paper. For further analysis and enhanced discussion of large temperature change in shape memory alloys, see Pataky et al. [1] PMID:26380838

  16. Design and thermo-mechanical analysis of a new NiTi shape memory alloy fixing clip.

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    Nespoli, Adelaide; Dallolio, Villiam; Stortiero, Francesco; Besseghini, Stefano; Passaretti, Francesca; Villa, Elena

    2014-04-01

    In this work, a new NiTi shape memory alloy (SMA) bone fixator is proposed. Thanks to the shape memory effect, this device does not need any external tool for the fixation, as the anchorage is obtained only by the self-accommodation of the clip during the parent transformation. Calorimetry and thermo-mechanical tests were used to evaluate the phase transformation temperatures and to estimate the forces generated both during the fixing surgical procedure and after the surgical operation. An application on animal anatomical sample was also performed; an appropriate mechanical tightness as well as a good handiness has been found. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  17. Effect of modification of oxide layer on NiTi stent corrosion resistance.

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    Trépanier, C; Tabrizian, M; Yahia, L H; Bilodeau, L; Piron, D L

    1998-01-01

    Because of its good radiopacity, superelasticity, and shape memory properties, nickel-titanium (NiTi) is a potential material for fabrication of stents because these properties can facilitate their implantation and precise positioning. However, in vitro studies of NiTi alloys report the dependence of alloy biocompatibility and corrosion behavior on surface conditions. Surface oxidation seems to be very promising for improving the corrosion resistance and biocompatibility of NiTi. In this work, we studied the effect on corrosion resistance and surface characteristics of electropolishing, heat treatment, and nitric acid passivation of NiTi stents. Characterization techniques such as potentiodynamic polarization tests, scanning electron microscopy, Auger electron spectroscopy, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy were used to relate corrosion behavior to surface characteristics and surface treatments. Results show that all of these surface treatments improve the corrosion resistance of the alloy. This improvement is attributed to the plastically deformed native oxide layer removal and replacement by a newly grown, more uniform one. The uniformity of the oxide layer, rather than its thickness and composition, seems to be the predominant factor to explain the corrosion resistance improvement.

  18. Asymmetry of stress-strain curves under tension and compression for NiTi shape memory alloys

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    Liu, Y.; Xie, Z.; Van Humbeeck, J.; Delaey, L.

    1998-07-24

    The stress-strain curves of polycrystalline martensitic NiTi shape memory alloys are often different for loading under tension and compression. Under tension, a flat stress-plateau occurs, while under compression, the material is quickly strain hardened and no flat stress-plateau is observed. Cyclic deformation under tension-compression also shows that it is more difficult to deform the material during compression than during tension, where an asymmetric stress-strain loop is obtained. TEM observations show that, under tension to 4% strain, martensite variants are partially reoriented via migration of variant interfaces with formation of dislocation networks mainly along the junction plane areas, and no significantly plastic deformation has been observed inside the martensite twin bands. While under compression to 4% strain, a high density of dislocations has been generated in both the martensite twin bands and the variant accommodation area, and no significant martensite reorientation via variant interfacial migration has been observed. This shows that the deformation mechanism of martensitic polycrystalline NiTi SMAs under tension is different from that under compression.

  19. Stress transfer during different deformation stages in a nano-precipitate-strenthened Ni-Ti shape memory alloy

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    Dong, Y. H.; Cong, D. Y.; Nie, Z. H.; ...

    2015-11-16

    Understanding the role of fine coherent precipitates in the micromechanical behavior of precipitate-strengthened shape memory alloys (SMAs), which still remains a mystery heretofore, is of crucial importance to the design of advanced SMAs with optimal functional and mechanical properties. Here, we investigate the lattice strain evolution of, and the stress partition between the nanoscale Ni4Ti3 precipitates and the matrix in a precipitate-strengthened Ni-Ti SMA during different deformation stages by in-situ synchrotron high-energy X-ray diffraction technique. We found that, during R-phase reorientation and stress-induced martensitic transformation, which both involve the shear deformation process, the lattice strain of the nanoscale precipitates drasticallymore » increases by a magnitude of 0.5%, which corresponds to an abrupt increase of ~520 MPa in internal stress. This indicates that stress repartition occurs and most of the stress is transferred to the precipitates during the shear deformation of the matrix. Lastly, it is further revealed that the nanoscale precipitates which only have a low volume fraction bear a considerable amount of applied stress during all deformation stages investigated, implying that the nanoscale precipitates play an important role in the deformation behavior of the precipitate-strengthened Ni-Ti SMAs.« less

  20. Strain and texture evolution during mechanical loading of a crack tip in martensitic shape-memory NiTi.

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    Daymond, M. R.; Young, M. L.; Almer, J. D.; Dunand, D. C.; Queen's Univ.; Northwestern Univ.

    2007-06-01

    In situ synchrotron X-ray diffraction measurements are used to create two-dimensional maps of elastic strain and texture, averaged over a compact-tension specimen thickness, near a crack tip in a martensitic NiTi alloy. After fatigue crack propagation, the material ahead of the crack and in its wake exhibits a strong texture, which is eliminated by subsequent shape-memory heat treatment, indicating that this texture is due to detwinning, the main deformation mechanism of NiTi. Upon subsequent application of a static tensile stresses, the highly textured zone reappears and grows around the crack tip as the applied stress is increased. At the highest applied stress intensity of 35MPam1/2, large tensile strains are measured ahead of the crack tip and considerable elastic anisotropy is observed. This detwinning zone is similar to the plastic zone produced by dislocation slip present around cracks in other metals. The texture in this zone is not significantly altered after mechanical unloading, despite the development of substantial triaxial compressive residual strains in this zone.

  1. Stress transfer during different deformation stages in a nano-precipitate-strengthened Ni-Ti shape memory alloy

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    Dong, Y. H.; Cong, D. Y. He, Z. B.; Li, L. F.; Wang, Y. D.; Nie, Z. H.; Wang, Z. L.; Ren, Y.

    2015-11-16

    Understanding the role of fine coherent precipitates in the micromechanical behavior of precipitate-strengthened shape memory alloys (SMAs), which still remains a mystery heretofore, is of crucial importance to the design of advanced SMAs with optimal functional and mechanical properties. Here, we investigate the lattice strain evolution of, and the stress partition between the nanoscale Ni{sub 4}Ti{sub 3} precipitates and the matrix in a precipitate-strengthened Ni-Ti SMA during different deformation stages by in-situ synchrotron high-energy X-ray diffraction technique. We found that, during R-phase reorientation and stress-induced martensitic transformation, which both involve the shear deformation process, the lattice strain of the nanoscale precipitates drastically increases by a magnitude of 0.5%, which corresponds to an abrupt increase of ∼520 MPa in internal stress. This indicates that stress repartition occurs and most of the stress is transferred to the precipitates during the shear deformation of the matrix. It is further revealed that the nanoscale precipitates which only have a low volume fraction bear a considerable amount of applied stress during all deformation stages investigated, implying that the nanoscale precipitates play an important role in the deformation behavior of the precipitate-strengthened Ni-Ti SMAs.

  2. Stress transfer during different deformation stages in a nano-precipitate-strenthened Ni-Ti shape memory alloy

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    Dong, Y. H.; Cong, D. Y.; Nie, Z. H.; He, Z. B.; Wang, Z. L.; Ren, Yang; Wang, Y. D.; Li, L. F.

    2015-11-16

    Understanding the role of fine coherent precipitates in the micromechanical behavior of precipitate-strengthened shape memory alloys (SMAs), which still remains a mystery heretofore, is of crucial importance to the design of advanced SMAs with optimal functional and mechanical properties. Here, we investigate the lattice strain evolution of, and the stress partition between the nanoscale Ni4Ti3 precipitates and the matrix in a precipitate-strengthened Ni-Ti SMA during different deformation stages by in-situ synchrotron high-energy X-ray diffraction technique. We found that, during R-phase reorientation and stress-induced martensitic transformation, which both involve the shear deformation process, the lattice strain of the nanoscale precipitates drastically increases by a magnitude of 0.5%, which corresponds to an abrupt increase of ~520 MPa in internal stress. This indicates that stress repartition occurs and most of the stress is transferred to the precipitates during the shear deformation of the matrix. Lastly, it is further revealed that the nanoscale precipitates which only have a low volume fraction bear a considerable amount of applied stress during all deformation stages investigated, implying that the nanoscale precipitates play an important role in the deformation behavior of the precipitate-strengthened Ni-Ti SMAs.

  3. Formation of the Nanocrystalline Structure in an Equiatomic NiTi Shape-Memory Alloy by Thermomechanical Processing

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    Mohammad Sharifi, E.; Kermanpur, A.; Karimzadeh, F.; Esmaili, A.

    2014-04-01

    The microstructural evolution during cold rolling followed by annealing of an equiatomic NiTi shape-memory alloy was investigated. The high purity Ni50Ti50 alloy was cast by a copper boat vacuum induction-melting technique. The as-cast ingots were then homogenized, hot rolled, and annealed to prepare the suitable initial microstructure. Thereafter, annealed specimens were cold rolled up to 70 % thickness reduction at room temperature. Post-deformation annealing was conducted at 400 °C for 1 h. The microstructure was characterized using scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, x-ray diffraction, and differential scanning calorimetry techniques. The initial microstructure was free from segregation and Ti- or Ni-rich precipitates and was composed of coarse grains with an average size of 50 μm. The cold rolling of NiTi alloy resulted in a partial amorphization and the deformation-induced grain refinement. A nanocrystalline structure with the grain size of about 20-70 nm was formed during the post-deformation annealing.

  4. Evaluation of passive oxide layer formation-biocompatibility relationship in NiTi shape memory alloys: geometry and body location dependency.

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    Toker, S M; Canadinc, D; Maier, H J; Birer, O

    2014-03-01

    A systematic set of ex-situ experiments were carried out on Nickel-Titanium (NiTi) shape memory alloy (SMA) in order to identify the dependence of its biocompatibility on sample geometry and body location. NiTi samples with three different geometries were immersed into three different fluids simulating different body parts. The changes observed in alloy surface and chemical content of fluids upon immersion experiments designed for four different time periods were analyzed in terms of ion release, oxide layer formation, and chemical composition of the surface layer. The results indicate that both sample geometry and immersion fluid significantly affect the alloy biocompatibility, as evidenced by the passive oxide layer formation on the alloy surface and ion release from the samples. Upon a 30 day immersion period, all three types of NiTi samples exhibited lower ion release than the critical value for clinic applications. However; a significant amount of ion release was detected in the case of gastric fluid, warranting a thorough investigation prior to utility of NiTi in gastrointestinal treatments involving long-time contact with tissue. Furthermore, certain geometries appear to be safer than the others for each fluid, providing a new set of guidelines to follow while designing implants making use of NiTi SMAs to be employed in treatments targeting specific body parts.

  5. PIIID-formed (Ti, O)/Ti, (Ti, N)/Ti and (Ti, O, N)/Ti coatings on NiTi shape memory alloy for medical applications.

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    Sun, Tao; Wang, Lang-Ping; Wang, Min; Tong, Ho-Wang; Lu, William W

    2012-08-01

    (Ti, O)/Ti, (Ti, N)/Ti and (Ti, O, N)/Ti composite coatings were fabricated on NiTi shape memory alloy via plasma immersion ion implantation and deposition (PIIID). Surface morphology of samples was investigated using atomic force microscopy (AFM) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Cross-sectional morphology indicated that the PIIID-formed coatings were dense and uniform. X-ray diffraction (XRD) was used to characterize the phase composition of samples. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) results showed that the surface of coated NiTi SMA samples was Ni-free. Nanoindentation measurements and pin-on-disc tests were carried out to evaluate mechanical properties and wear resistance of coated NiTi SMA, respectively. For the in vitro biological assessment of the composite coatings in terms of cell morphology and cell viability, osteoblast-like SaOS-2 cells and breast cancer MCF-7 cells were cultured on NiTi SMA samples, respectively. SaOS-2 cells attached and spread better on coated NiTi SMA. Viability of MCF-7 cells showed that the PIIID-formed composite coatings were noncytotoxic and coated samples were more biocompatible than uncoated samples.

  6. Influence of Test Procedures on the Thermomechanical Properties of a 55NiTi Shape Memory Alloy

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    Padula, Santo A., II; Gaydosh, Darrell J.; Noebe, Ronald D.; Bigelow, Glen S.; Garg, Anita; Lagoudas, Dimitris; Karaman, Ibrahim; Atli, Kadri C.

    2008-01-01

    Over the past few decades, binary NiTi shape memory alloys have received attention due to their unique mechanical characteristics, leading to their potential use in low-temperature, solid-state actuator applications. However, prior to using these materials for such applications, the physical response of these systems to mechanical and thermal stimuli must be thoroughly understood and modeled to aid designers in developing SMA-enabled systems. Even though shape memory alloys have been around for almost five decades, very little effort has been made to standardize testing procedures. Although some standards for measuring the transformation temperatures of SMA s are available, no real standards exist for determining the various mechanical and thermomechanical properties that govern the usefulness of these unique materials. Consequently, this study involved testing a 55NiTi alloy using a variety of different test methodologies. All samples tested were taken from the same heat and batch to remove the influence of sample pedigree on the observed results. When the material was tested under constant-stress, thermal-cycle conditions, variations in the characteristic material responses were observed, depending on test methodology. The transformation strain and irreversible strain were impacted more than the transformation temperatures, which only showed an affect with regard to applied external stress. In some cases, test methodology altered the transformation strain by 0.005-0.01mm/mm, which translates into a difference in work output capability of approximately 2 J/cu cm (290 in!lbf/cu in). These results indicate the need for the development of testing standards so that meaningful data can be generated and successfully incorporated into viable models and hardware. The use of consistent testing procedures is also important when comparing results from one research organization to another. To this end, differences in the observed responses will be presented, contrasted and

  7. Thermomechanical properties of Ni-Ti shape memory wires containing nanoscale precipitates induced by stress-assisted ageing.

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    Cong, D Y; Saha, G; Barnett, M R

    2014-12-01

    This paper systematically examines the thermomechanical properties and phase transformation behaviour of slightly Ni-rich Ni-Ti biomedical shape memory wires containing homogeneously distributed nanoscale precipitates induced by stress-assisted ageing. In contrast to previous studies, particular attention is paid to the role of precipitates in impeding twin boundary movement (TBM) and its underlying mechanisms. The size and volume fraction of precipitates are altered by changing the ageing time. The martensitic transformation temperatures increase with prolonged ageing time, whereas the R-phase transformation temperature remains relatively unchanged. The stress-strain behaviour in different phase regions during both cooling and heating is comprehensively examined, and the underlying mechanisms for the temperature- and thermal-history-dependent behaviour are elucidated with the help of the established stress-temperature phase diagram. The effect of precipitates on TBM is explored by mechanical testing at 133K. It is revealed that the critical stress for TBM (σcr) increases with increasing ageing time. There is a considerable increase of 104MPa in σcr in the sample aged at 773K for 120min under 70MPa compared with the solution-treated sample, owing to the presence of precipitates. The Orowan strengthening model of twinning dislocations is insufficient to account for this increase in σcr. The back stress generation is the predominant mechanism for the interactions between precipitates and twin boundaries during TBM that give rise to the increase in σcr. Such results provide new insights into the thermomechanical properties of precipitate containing Ni-Ti biomedical shape memory wires, which are instructive for developing high-performance biomedical shape memory alloys. Copyright © 2014 Acta Materialia Inc. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  8. Influence of test procedures on the thermomechanical properties of a 55NiTi shape memory alloy

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    Padula, Santo A., II; Gaydosh, Darrell J.; Noebe, Ronald D.; Bigelow, Glen S.; Garg, Anita; Lagoudas, Dimitris; Karaman, Ibrahim; Atli, Kadri C.

    2008-03-01

    Over the past few decades, binary NiTi shape memory alloys have received attention due to their unique mechanical characteristics, leading to their potential use in low-temperature, solid-state actuator applications. However, prior to using these materials for such applications, the physical response of these systems to mechanical and thermal stimuli must be thoroughly understood and modeled to aid designers in developing SMA-enabled systems. Even though shape memory alloys have been around for almost five decades, very little effort has been made to standardize testing procedures. Although some standards for measuring the transformation temperatures of SMA's are available, no real standards exist for determining the various mechanical and thermomechanical properties that govern the usefulness of these unique materials. Consequently, this study involved testing a 55NiTi alloy using a variety of different test methodologies. All samples tested were taken from the same heat and batch to remove the influence of sample pedigree on the observed results. When the material was tested under constant-stress, thermal-cycle conditions, variations in the characteristic material responses were observed, depending on test methodology. The transformation strain and irreversible strain were impacted more than the transformation temperatures, which only showed an affect with regard to applied external stress. In some cases, test methodology altered the transformation strain by 0.005-0.01mm/mm, which translates into a difference in work output capability of approximately 2 J/cm 3 (290 in•lbf/in 3). These results indicate the need for the development of testing standards so that meaningful data can be generated and successfully incorporated into viable models and hardware. The use of consistent testing procedures is also important when comparing results from one research organization to another. To this end, differences in the observed responses will be presented, contrasted and

  9. Some results on the detwinning process in NiTi shape memory alloys

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    Liu, Y.; Xie, Z.; Humbeeck, J. Van; Delaey, L.

    1999-11-19

    The deformation of materials consisting of thermally formed twinned domains under stress-fee condition is currently studied and has received a considerable attention. However, their current understanding on the deformation mechanism of a twinned lattice is not satisfactory due to (1) lack of convincing experimental results, (2) confusion in using terms, (3) unclear correlation between microstructures and mechanical behavior, and (4) lack of understanding of the deformation routes from an atomic scale. In the present work, the microstructure of martensitic NiTi SMA after deformation to each step is studied in order to provide further information to understand its macroscopic deformation behavior.

  10. Strain rate response of a Ni-Ti shape memory alloy after hydrogen charging

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    Gamaoun, Fehmi; Hassine, Tarak; Bouraoui, Tarak

    2014-01-01

    In this work, we investigate the susceptibility of Ni-Ti superelastic wires to the strain rates during tensile testing after hydrogen charging. Cathodic hydrogen charging is performed at a current density of 10 A/m² during 2-12 h in 0.9% NaCl solution and aged for 24 h at room temperature. Specimens underwent one cycle of loading-unloading reaching a stress value of 700 MPa. During loading, strain rates from 10-6 to 5 × 10-2 s-1 have been achieved. After 8 h of hydrogen charging, an embrittlement has been detected in the tensile strain rate range of 10-6 to 10-4 s-1. In contrast, no embrittlement has been detected for strain rates of 10-3 s-1 and higher. However, after 12 h of hydrogen charging and 24 h of annealing at room temperature, the embrittlement occurs in the beginning of the austenite-martensite transformation for all the studied strain rate values. These results show that for a range of critical amounts of diffused hydrogen, the embrittlement of the Ni-Ti superelastic alloy strongly depends on the strain rate during the tensile test. Moreover, it has been shown that this embrittlement occurs for low values of strain rates rather than the higher ones. This behaviour is attributed to the interaction between the diffused hydrogen and growth of the martensitic domain.

  11. Microstructure, Phase Transformations, and Properties of Hot-Extruded Ni-Rich NiTi Shape Memory Alloy

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    Lekston, Z.; Zubko, M.; Prusik, K.; Stróż, D.

    2014-07-01

    Processing of NiTi shape memory alloys strongly influences their microstructure, phase transformations, mechanical, and shape memory properties. Hot forging, hot swaging, or hot rolling are efficient techniques for obtaining the desired shape, but during multiple operations the material must be heated and worked in the temperature range from 700 to 900 °C. During these processes, intense oxidation takes place. In order to reduce it, the hot-pack working is applied. The hot extrusion is more effective for reduction of ingot, billet, and rod diameters than hot forging, hot swaging, or hot rolling. Also, during hot extrusion the material surface undergoes considerably less oxidation. In the present work, results of the characterization by differential scanning calorimetry, low-temperature x-ray powder diffraction, and three-point bending and free recovery ASTM F2082-06 tests of the samples after hot direct extrusion and heat treatment are presented. The obtained alloy after hot direct extrusion exhibits desired shape memory effect. The phase transformations during cooling and heating cycle occur with the presence of the R phase. The range of the characteristic temperatures for the obtained material gives possibility for further medical applications. After annealing at 400 and 500 °C, the characteristic temperatures shift to higher values.

  12. Bioactive (Si, O, N)/(Ti, O, N)/Ti composite coating on NiTi shape memory alloy for enhanced wear and corrosion performance

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    Sun, Tao; Xue, Ning; Liu, Chao; Wang, Chao; He, Jin

    2015-11-01

    In this investigation, (Si, O, N)/(Ti, O, N)/Ti composite coating was synthesized on a NiTi shape memory alloy (SMA) substrate (50.8 at.% Ni) via plasma immersion ion implantation and deposition (PIIID) followed by magnetron sputtering, with the aim of promoting bioactivity and biocompatibility of NiTi SMAs. Nano featured (Si, O, N)/(Ti, O, N)/Ti coating was approximate 0.84 ± 0.05 μm in thickness, and energy dispersive X-ray (EDX) spectroscopy showed that Ni element was depleted from the surface of coated samples. X-ray diffraction (XRD) did not identify the phase composition of the (Si, O, N)/(Ti, O, N)/Ti coating, probably due to its thin thickness and poor crystalline resulting from low-temperature coating processes (<200 °C). X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) analyses confirmed that a Ni-free surface was formed and Si element was incorporated into the composite coating via the magnetron sputtering process. Additionally, phase transformation behaviors of uncoated and coated NiTi SMA samples were characterized using differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). Wear and corrosion resistance of uncoated and coated NiTi SMA samples were evaluated using ball-on-disc tests and potentio-dynamic polarization curves, respectively. The (Si, O, N)/(Ti, O, N)/Ti coated NiTi SMA samples showed enhanced wear and corrosion resistance. Furthermore, the (Si, O, N)/(Ti, O, N)/Ti composite coating facilitated apatite formation in simulated body fluid (SBF) and rendered NiTi SMA bioactivity.

  13. Shape memory and transformation behavior of high strength 60NiTi in compression

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    Kaya, I.

    2016-12-01

    This study investigates the transformation behavior of highly Ni-rich 60NiTi alloys after aging at 600 °C for 3 h. After 600 °C-3h aging, R-phase disappeared and alloy transformed in one step. The latent heats of austenite to martensite and martensite to austenite transformations were 13 Jg-1 and 16.4 Jg-1, respectively, for 600 °C-3h aged alloy. The elastic strain energy of 0.75 Jg-1 was obtained in aged alloy. The maximum recoverable transformation strain of 1.7% is obtained under 500 MPa in compression. The superelastic behavior was observed accompanied with a recoverable strain of 1.4%, even high stress level of 1000 MPa is applied.

  14. Initial oxidation of pure and K doped NiTi shape memory alloys

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    Tollefsen, H.; Raaen, S.

    2009-06-01

    Initial oxidation of pure and K doped nitinol has been studied by photoelectron spectroscopy. The composition of the TiOx layer that forms on the surface is found to depend on the temperature during oxidation. The oxidation at high temperatures results in enhanced formation of lower oxides, whereas TiO2 predominates for oxidation at lower temperatures, e.g., 70 °C. Submonolayer coverage of K on NiTi enhances the formation of TiO2 on the expense of lower oxides, which is of consequence for formation of a protective oxide layer and biocompatibility. Oxidation in the martensitic phase was found to be independent of temperature for temperatures between -40 and 10 °C, whereas in the austenitic phase the oxide growth is thermally activated.

  15. Influence of NiTi alloy on the root canal shaping capabilities of the ProTaper Universal and ProTaper Gold rotary instrument systems

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    DUQUE, Jussaro Alves; VIVAN, Rodrigo Ricci; CAVENAGO, Bruno Cavalini; AMOROSO-SILVA, Pablo Andrés; BERNARDES, Ricardo Affonso; de VASCONCELOS, Bruno Carvalho; DUARTE, Marco Antonio Hungaro

    2017-01-01

    Abstract Objective This study aimed to evaluate the influence of the NiTi wire in Conventional NiTi (ProTaper Universal PTU) and Controlled Memory NiTi (ProTaper Gold PTG) instrument systems on the quality of root canal preparation. Material and Methods Twelve mandibular molars with separate mesial canals were scanned using a high-definition microcomputed tomography system. The PTU and PTG instruments were used to shape twelve mesial canals each. The canals were scanned after preparation with F2 and F3 instruments of the PTU and PTG systems. The analyzed parameters included the remaining dentin thickness at the apical and cervical levels, root canal volume and untouched canal walls. Data was analyzed for statistical significance by the Friedman and Dunn’s tests. For the comparison of data between groups, the Mann-Whitney test was used. Results In the pre-operative analysis, there were no statistically significant differences between the groups in terms of the area and volume of root canals (P>.05). There was also no statistically significant difference between the systems with respect to root canal volume after use of the F2 and F3 instruments. There was no statistical difference in the dentin thickness at the first apical level between, before and after instrumentation for both systems. At the 3 cervical levels, the PTG maintained centralization of the preparation on the transition between the F2 and F3 instruments, which did not occur with the PTU. Conclusion The Conventional NiTi (PTU) and Controlled Memory NiTi (PTG) instruments displayed comparable capabilities for shaping the straight mesial root canals of mandibular molars, although the PTG was better than the PTU at maintaining the centralization of the shape in the cervical portion. PMID:28198973

  16. Treatment of Nonunion of Scaphoid Waist with Ni-Ti Shape-Memory Alloy Connector and Iliac Bone Graft

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    Cao, Lie-Hu; Xu, Shuo-Gui; Wu, Ya-Le; Zhang, Chun-Cai

    2011-07-01

    After fracture, the unique anatomy and blood supply of the scaphoid itself predisposes to nonunion. Scaphoid nonunion presents a formidable challenge to surgeons because of the difficulties for fixation, and the high failure rate after treatment. The Ni-Ti shape-memory alloy can provide compressive stress at the nonunion site, which is the key point for bone healing. Hence, we designed a shape-memory bone connector named arched shape-memory connector (ASC). We conducted a retrospective study looking at the union rate and complications and correlating the outcome of treatment with this device. The study reviewed a cohort of six consecutive patients presenting with scaphoid waist nonunion, who were treated with ASC and iliac cancellous bone grafting at our center from August 2002 to December 2007. The patients with nonunion achieved a 100% union rate. All the patients who achieved union had good pain relief and improved function. Our study demonstrates that scaphoid waist nonunions can be successfully treated by ASC and iliac bone grafting.

  17. Surface XPS characterization of NiTi shape memory alloy after advanced oxidation processes in UV/H 2O 2 photocatalytic system

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    Wang, R. M.; Chu, C. L.; Hu, T.; Dong, Y. S.; Guo, C.; Sheng, X. B.; Lin, P. H.; Chung, C. Y.; Chu, P. K.

    2007-08-01

    Surface structure of NiTi shape memory alloy (SMA) was modified by advanced oxidation processes (AOP) in an ultraviolet (UV)/H 2O 2 photocatalytic system, and then systematically characterized with x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). It is found that the AOP in UV/H 2O 2 photocatalytic system leads to formation of titanium oxides film on NiTi substrate. Depth profiles of O, Ni and Ti show such a film possesses a graded interface structure to NiTi substrate and there is no intermediate Ni-rich layer like that produced in conventional high temperature oxidation. Except TiO 2 phase, some titanium suboxides (TiO, Ti 2O 3) may also exist in the titanium oxides film. Oxygen mainly presents in metal oxides and some chemisorbed water and OH - are found in titanium oxides film. Ni nearly reaches zero on the upper surface and relatively depleted in the whole titanium oxides film. The work indicates the AOP in UV/H 2O 2 photocatalytic system is a promising way to favor the widespread application of biomedical NiTi SMA by improving its biocompatibility.

  18. Effect of surface modification by nitrogen ion implantation on the electrochemical and cellular behaviors of super-elastic NiTi shape memory alloy.

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    Maleki-Ghaleh, H; Khalil-Allafi, J; Sadeghpour-Motlagh, M; Shakeri, M S; Masoudfar, S; Farrokhi, A; Beygi Khosrowshahi, Y; Nadernezhad, A; Siadati, M H; Javidi, M; Shakiba, M; Aghaie, E

    2014-12-01

    The aim of this investigation was to enhance the biological behavior of NiTi shape memory alloy while preserving its super-elastic behavior in order to facilitate its compatibility for application in human body. The surfaces of NiTi samples were bombarded by three different nitrogen doses. Small-angle X-ray diffraction was employed for evaluating the generated phases on the bombarded surfaces. The electrochemical behaviors of the bare and surface-modified NiTi samples were studied in simulated body fluid (SBF) using electrochemical impedance and potentio-dynamic polarization tests. Ni ion release during a 2-month period of service in the SBF environment was evaluated using atomic absorption spectrometry. The cellular behavior of nitrogen-modified samples was studied using fibroblast cells. Furthermore, the effect of surface modification on super-elasticity was investigated by tensile test. The results showed the improvement of both corrosion and biological behaviors of the modified NiTi samples. However, no significant change in the super-elasticity was observed. Samples modified at 1.4E18 ion cm(-2) showed the highest corrosion resistance and the lowest Ni ion release.

  19. Fundamental Development on Utilizing the R-phase Transformation in NiTi Shape Memory Alloys

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    Wang, Xiebin; Kustov, Sergey; Verlinden, Bert; Van Humbeeck, Jan

    2015-06-01

    In near equiatomic NiTi alloys, the reversible thermoelastic transformation between B2-structured austenite phase and the R-phase is attracting increasing interest for practical applications. However, the following two issues limit the widespread utilization of the R-phase transformation: (1) there is no effective approach to control the R-phase transformation temperatures; (2) it is not easy to largely separate the temperature domain of the R-phase and the B19' martensite phase transformation, especially in the presence of an external force. This article reviews concisely the work of the present authors on solving the above two problems. The effect of grain size on the aging microstructure and related transformation behavior is first discussed. Inspired by these findings, an approach to solve the above two problems has been developed by introducing nanoscaled Ni4Ti3 precipitates in the samples with micron-sized grains. The performance of alloys associated with the R-phase transformation, which shows controllable transformation temperatures, is summarized.

  20. On the Transformation Behavior of NiTi Shape-Memory Alloy Produced by SLM

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    Speirs, Mathew; Wang, X.; Van Baelen, S.; Ahadi, A.; Dadbakhsh, S.; Kruth, J.-P.; Van Humbeeck, J.

    2016-12-01

    Selective laser melting has been applied as a production technique of nickel titanium (NiTi) parts. In this study, the scanning parameters and atmosphere control used during production were varied to assess the effects on the final component transformation criteria. Two production runs were completed: one in a high ( 1800 ppm O2) and one in a low-oxygen ( 220 ppm O2) environment. Further solution treatment was applied to analyze precipitation effects. It was found that the transformation temperature varies greatly even at identical energy densities highlighting the need for further in-depth investigations. In this respect, it was observed that oxidation was the dominating factor, increased with higher laser power adapted to higher scanning velocity. Once the atmospheric oxygen content was lowered from 1800 to about 220 ppm, a much smaller variation of transformation temperatures was obtained. In addition to oxidation, other contributing factors, such as nickel depletion (via evaporation during processing) as well as thermal stresses and textures, are further discussed and/or postulated. These results demonstrated the importance of processing and material conditions such as O2 content, powder composition, and laser scanning parameters. These parameters should be precisely controlled to reach desired transformation criteria for functional components made by SLM.

  1. Two-way shape memory effect developed by martensite deformation in NiTi

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    Liu, Y.; Liu, Y.; Van Humbeeck, J.

    1998-12-11

    The effect of tensile deformation in the martensitic state on the transformation behavior of a polycrystalline near-equiatomic NiTi alloy was investigated by differential scanning calorimetry and thermal mechanical analysis. The experimental results indicated that the process of martensite reorientation proceeded in a Lueders manner over a stress plateau and continued into the next stage of uniform deformation with an increasing stress. The transition of the martensite reorientation process from a localized manner to a uniform manner during tensile deformation of a polycrystalline matrix is yet to be explained. The results also demonstrated that the reorientation deformation was effective in developing a two-way memory effect. The maximum two-way memory effect developed was comparable in magnitude to that developed by conventional training procedures in similar alloys. The deformation also caused a thermal stabilization to the deformed martensite. The stabilization effect was a one-time effect, which vanished once the deformed martensite reverted back to austenite on heating.

  2. Influence of the shape of artificial canals on the fatigue resistance of NiTi rotary instruments.

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    Plotino, G; Grande, N M; Cordaro, M; Testarelli, L; Gambarini, G

    2010-01-01

    To investigate the influence of the trajectory of NiTi rotary instruments on the outcome of cyclic fatigue tests. Ten ProFile and Mtwo instruments tip size 20, taper 0.06 and tip size 25, taper 0.06 were tested in two simulated root canals with an angle of curvature of 60 degrees and radius of curvature of 5 mm but with different shape. Geometrical analysis of the angle and radius of the curvature that each instrument followed inside the two different artificial canals was performed on digital images. The instruments were then rotated until fracture at a constant speed of 300 rpm to calculate the number of cycles to failure (NCF) and the length of the fractured fragment. Mean values were calculated and analysed using two different multivariate linear regression models and an independent sample t-test. The shape of the artificial root canal used in cyclic fatigue studies influenced the trajectory of the instrument. This difference is reflected by the NCF measured for the same instrument in the different artificial root canals and by the impact of the type of canal on both the NCF (St.beta = 0.514) and fragment length (St.beta = -0.920). Small variations in the geometrical parameters of the curvature of an instrument subjected to flexural fatigue could have a significant influence on the results of fatigue tests.

  3. NiTi and NiTi-TiC composites. Part 4: Neutron diffraction study of twinning and shape-memory recovery

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    Dunand, D.C.; Mari, D.; Bourke, M.A.M.; Roberts, J.A.

    1996-09-01

    Neutron diffraction measurements of internal elastic strains and crystallographic orientation were performed during compressive deformation of martensitic NiTi containing 0 vol pct and 20 vol pct TiC particles. For bulk NiTi, some twinning takes place upon initial loading below the apparent yield stress, resulting in a low apparent Young`s modulus; for reinforced NiTi, the elastic mismatch from the stiff particles enhances this effect. However, elastic load transfer between matrix and reinforcement takes place above and below the composite apparent yield stress, in good agreement with continuum mechanics predictions. Macroscopic plastic deformation occurs by matrix twinning, whereby (1 0 0) planes tend to align perpendicular to the stress axis. The elastic TiC particles do not alter the overall twinning behavior, indicating that the mismatch stresses associated with NiTi plastic deformation are fully relaxed by localized twinning at the interface between the matrix and the reinforcement. For both bulk and reinforced NiTi, partial reverse twinning takes place upon unloading, as indicated by a Bauschinger effect followed by rubberlike behavior, resulting in very low residual stresses in the unloaded condition. Shape-memory heat treatment leads to further recovery of the preferred orientation and very low residual stresses, as a result of self-accommodation during the phase transformations. It is concluded that, except for elastic load transfer, the thermal, transformation, and plastic mismatches resulting from the TiC particles are efficiently canceled by matrix twinning, in contrast to metal matrix composites deforming by slip.

  4. Constitutive modeling of tension-torsion coupling and tension-compression asymmetry in NiTi shape memory alloys

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    Mehrabi, Reza; Kadkhodaei, Mahmoud; Elahinia, Mohammad

    2014-07-01

    A three-dimensional phenomenological model based on microplane theory is extended to capture the coupling effects between tension and torsion in complex multiaxial loadings. Inelastic strain in a microplane approach is a component of transformation strain and anisotropic strain. Since the anisotropy effect is induced during martensitic transformation, anisotropic strain is defined as a function of transformation strain. Out-of-plane strain is induced in simple tension and pure torsion in free-end conditions. Anisotropy tensor is experimentally extracted and is used in the proposed model to predict the behavior in multiaxial loading. The ability of this extended microplane model to predict the tension-torsion coupling effects as well as the induced transformation anisotropic behavior of NiTi shape memory alloys is demonstrated. In addition, the microplane model is modified to capture the asymmetric behavior in tension and compression during uniaxial and multiaxial loadings. To this end, numerical correlations between the results of the modified microplane model are compared with experimental results to demonstrate the validity of the extended model.

  5. Harvesting Mechanical and Thermal Energy by Combining ZnO Nanowires and NiTi Shape Memory Alloy

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    Radousky, Harry; Qian, Fang; An, Yonghao; ...

    2017-02-19

    In the expanding world of small scale energy harvesting, the ability to combine thermal and mechanical harvesting is growing ever more important. Here, we demonstrate the feasibility of using ZnO nanowires to harvest both mechanical and low-quality thermal energy in simple, scalable devices. These devices were fabricated on kapton films and used ZnO nanowires with the same growth direction to assure alignment of the piezoelectric potentials of all of the wires. Mechanical harvesting from these devices was demonstrated using a periodic application of force, modeling the motion of the human body. Tapping the device from the top of the devicemore » with a wood stick, for example yielded an Open Circuit Voltage (OCV) of 0.2 - 4 V, which is in an ideal range for device applications. In order to demonstrate thermal harvesting from low quality heat sources, a commercially available Nitinol (Ni-Ti alloy) foil was attached to the nanowire piezoelectric device to create a compound thermoelectric. When bent at room temperature and then heated to 50°C, the Nitinol foil was restored to its original flat shape, which yielded an output voltage of nearly 1 V from the ZnO nanowire device.« less

  6. Stress-Induced Martensite in Front of Crack Tips in NiTi Shape Memory Alloys: Modeling Versus Experiments

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    Maletta, C.; Young, M. L.

    2011-07-01

    NiTi-based shape memory alloys (SMAs) exhibit an unusual stress distribution at the crack tip as compared to common engineering materials, due to a stress-induced martensitic transformation resulting from highly localized stresses. Understanding the fracture mechanics of NiTi-based SMAs is critical to many of their applications. Here, we develop an analytical model, which predicts the boundaries of the transformation region in the crack tip vicinity of NiTi-based SMAs. The proposed model is based on a recent analytical approach which uses modified linear elastic fracture mechanics concepts to predict the crack tip stress distribution and transformation region in SMAs but, unfortunately, it applies only to the plane stress condition. To overcome this limitation, the proposed model accounts for stress triaxiality, which plays an important role in restricting crack tip plastic deformations in common ductile metals as well as the stress-induced martensite in NiTi SMAs. The effects of triaxial stress at the crack tip are taken into account by including a new parameter, the transformation constraint factor, which is based on the plastic constraint factor of elasto-plastic materials. The predictions of the model are compared with synchrotron x-ray micro-diffraction observations and satisfactory agreement is observed between the two results. Finally, the evolution of crack tip transformation boundaries during fracture tests of miniature compact tension specimens is predicted and the effects of applied load and crack length are discussed.

  7. Shape memory Ni-Ti alloy swan-like bone connector for treatment of humeral shaft nonunion

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    Su, Jia-can; Liu, Xin-wei; Yu, Bao-qing; Li, Zhuo-dong

    2009-01-01

    From August 1990 to December 2007, 156 patients with humeral shaft nonunion were treated with our patented Ni-Ti shape memory alloy swan-like memory pressure connector (SMC). The SMC device cooled with ice before implantation was warmed to 40–50°C after implantation to produce balanced axial and compression forces to stabilise the fracture three-dimensionally. This combined with autologous bone grafting achieved bone tissue regeneration in the fracture and promoted smooth recovery of joint function, with a nonunion healing rate of 98.7% after a single SMC implantation. Failure of nonunion healing occurred in only two cases but was successfully managed by a further operation. Complications were not found in any of these patients apart from four with pre-existing radial nerve injuries. These results demonstrate the effectiveness of the SMC device for the management of humeral shaft nonunion. The device provides continuous compression of the fracture with minimal trauma to the local blood supply. PMID:19198838

  8. Experimental Study of the Biaxial Cyclic Behavior of Thin-Wall Tubes of NiTi Shape Memory Alloys

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    Wang, X. M.; Zhou, Q. T.; Liu, H.; Deng, C. H.; Yue, Z. F.

    2012-11-01

    Combined torsion-tension cycling experiments were performed on thin-wall tubes (with thickness/radius ratio of 1:20, similar to that found for stents) of nearly equiatomic NiTi shape memory alloys (SMAs). Experiments were controlled by axial displacement and torsional angle with step loading involving torsional loading to a maximum strain, followed by tensile loading, and reverse-order unloading. The superelasticity of the material is confirmed by pure torsion and tension experiments at the test temperature. The evolution of equivalent stress-strain curves as well as the separated tensile and torsional stress-strain curves during cycling is analyzed. Results show that the equivalent stress increases greatly with a small amount of applied axial strain, and the equivalent stress-strain curves have negative slopes in the phase transformation region. The shear stress drops when the torsional strain is maintained at its maximum value and the tensile strain is increased. The shear stress increases with decreasing tensile strain, but it cannot recover to the original value after the complete unloading of the tensile strain. Attention is also paid to dissipated energy density and characteristic stress evolutions during cycling.

  9. The Effect of Active Phase of the Work Material on Machining Performance of a NiTi Shape Memory Alloy

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    Kaynak, Yusuf; Karaca, Haluk E.; Noebe, Ronald D.; Jawahir, I. S.

    2015-06-01

    Poor machinability with conventional machining processes is a major shortcoming that limits the manufacture of NiTi components. To better understand the effects of phase state on the machining performance of NiTi alloys, cutting temperature, tool-wear behavior, cutting force components, tool-chip contact length, chip thickness, and machined surface quality data were generated from a NiTi alloy using precooled cryogenic, dry, minimum quantity lubrication (MQL), and preheated machining conditions. Findings reveal that machining NiTi in the martensite phase, which was achieved through precooled cryogenic machining, profoundly improved the machining performance by reducing cutting force components, notch wear, and surface roughness. Machining in the austenite state, achieved through preheating, did not provide any benefit over dry and MQL machining, and these processes were, in general, inferior to cryogenic machining in terms of machining performance, particularly at higher cutting speeds.

  10. (Ti, O)/Ti and (Ti, O, N)/Ti composite coatings fabricated via PIIID for the medical application of NiTi shape memory alloy.

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    Sun, Tao; Wang, Lang-Ping; Wang, Min

    2011-02-01

    In this investigation, the plasma immersion ion implantation and deposition (PIIID) technique was used to fabricate (Ti, O)/Ti or (Ti, O, N)/Ti coatings on a NiTi shape memory alloy (SMA, 50.8 at.% Ni) to improve its corrosion, wear resistance, and bioactivity. After coating fabrication, the structure and properties of composite coatings were studied, and the coated and uncoated NiTi SMA samples were compared with each other. Scanning electron microscopic (SEM) examination of coating surfaces and cross-sections showed that (Ti, O)/Ti and (Ti, O, N)/Ti composite coatings were dense and uniform, having thickness values of 1.16 ± 0.08 μm and 0.95 ± 0.06 μm, respectively. X-ray diffraction (XRD) results revealed that there were no diffraction peaks corresponding to TiO(2) or TiN for (Ti, O)/Ti and (Ti, O, N)/Ti composite coatings, suggesting that after the PIIID treatment, TiO(2) and TiN were amorphous or nanosized in the coatings. Energy dispersive X-ray (EDX) analysis indicated that the interface between the coating and NiTi SMA substrate was gradual rather than sharp. In addition, EDX elemental mapping of coating cross-sections showed that Ni was depleted from the surface. Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) curves revealed that the shape memory ability of NiTi SMA was not degraded by the PIIID treatment. The width of wear tracks on (Ti, O, N)/Ti coated NiTi SMA samples was reduced 6.5-fold, in comparison with that on uncoated samples. The corrosion potential (E(corr) ) was improved from -466.20 ± 37.82 mV for uncoated samples to 125.50 ± 21.49 mV and -185.40 ± 37.05 mV for (Ti, O)/Ti coated and (Ti, O, N)/Ti coated samples, respectively. Both types of coatings facilitated bone-like apatite formation on the surface of NiTi SMA in simulated body fluid (SBF), indicating their in vitro bioactivity.

  11. Experimental observations on uniaxial whole-life transformation ratchetting and low-cycle stress fatigue of super-elastic NiTi shape memory alloy micro-tubes

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    Song, Di; Kang, Guozheng; Kan, Qianhua; Yu, Chao; Zhang, Chuanzeng

    2015-07-01

    In this work, the low-cycle fatigue failure of super-elastic NiTi shape memory alloy micro-tubes with a wall thickness of 150 μm is investigated by uniaxial stress-controlled cyclic tests at human body temperature 310 K. The effects of mean stress, peak stress, and stress amplitude on the uniaxial whole-life transformation ratchetting and fatigue failure of the NiTi alloy are observed. It is concluded that the fatigue life depends significantly on the stress levels, and the extent of martensite transformation and its reverse play an important role in determining the fatigue life. High peak stress or complete martensite transformation shortens the fatigue life.

  12. Improving the Performance of Electrically Activated NiTi Shape Memory Actuators by Pre-Aging

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    Rathmann1, Christian; Fleczok1, Benjamin; Otibar1, Dennis; Kuhlenkötter, Bernd

    2017-06-01

    Shape memory alloys possess an array of unique functional properties which are influenced by a complex interaction of different factors. Due to thermal sensitivity, slight changes in temperature may cause the properties to change significantly. This poses a huge challenge especially for the use of shape memory alloys as actuators. The displacement is the key performance indicator, which has to be of equal or better quality compared to conventional actuators. One problem of shape memory alloys is the change in functional fatigue in the first cycles, which makes it rather difficult to design the actuator. Therefore, the reduction of this shakedown effect is crucial. For this reason, this paper investigates the effect of electrical heat treatment as a method for pre-aging. This topic has so far been little investigated so that the investigations focus on identifying important factors and effects by using the design of experiments.

  13. Surface Characteristics of Machined NiTi Shape Memory Alloy: The Effects of Cryogenic Cooling and Preheating Conditions

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    Kaynak, Y.; Huang, B.; Karaca, H. E.; Jawahir, I. S.

    2017-07-01

    This experimental study focuses on the phase state and phase transformation response of the surface and subsurface of machined NiTi alloys. X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis and differential scanning calorimeter techniques were utilized to measure the phase state and the transformation response of machined specimens, respectively. Specimens were machined under dry machining at ambient temperature, preheated conditions, and cryogenic cooling conditions at various cutting speeds. The findings from this research demonstrate that cryogenic machining substantially alters austenite finish temperature of martensitic NiTi alloy. Austenite finish ( A f) temperature shows more than 25 percent increase resulting from cryogenic machining compared with austenite finish temperature of as-received NiTi. Dry and preheated conditions do not substantially alter austenite finish temperature. XRD analysis shows that distinctive transformation from martensite to austenite occurs during machining process in all three conditions. Complete transformation from martensite to austenite is observed in dry cutting at all selected cutting speeds.

  14. Experimental Studies on Dynamic Vibration Absorber using Shape Memory Alloy (NiTi) Springs

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    Kumar, V. Raj; Kumar, M. B. Bharathi Raj; Kumar, M. Senthil

    2011-10-01

    Shape memory alloy (SMA) springs have been used as actuators in many applications although their use in the vibration control area is very recent. Since shape memory alloys differ from conventional alloy materials in many ways, the traditional design approach for springs is not completely suitable for designing SMA springs. Some vibration control concepts utilizing unique characteristics of SMA's will be presented in this paper. A dynamic vibration absorber (DVA) using shape memory alloy (SMA) actuator is developed for attenuation of vibration in a cantilever beam. The design procedure of the DVA is presented. The system consists of a cantilever beam which is considered to generate the real-time vibration using shaker. A SMA spring is used with a mass attached to its end. The stiffness of the SMA spring is dynamically varied in such a way to attenuate the vibration. Both simulation and experimentation are carried out using PID controller. The experiments were carried out by interfacing the experimental setup with a computer using LabVIEW software, Data acquisition and control are implemented using a PCI data acquisition card. Standard PID controllers have been used to control the vibration of the beam. Experimental results are used to demonstrate the effectiveness of the controllers designed and the usefulness of the proposed test platform by exciting the structure at resonance. In experimental setup, an accelerometer is used to measure the vibration which is fed to computer and correspondingly the SMA spring is actuated to change its stiffness to control the vibration. The results obtained illustrate that the developed DVA using SMA actuator is very effective in reducing structural response and have great potential to be an active vibration control medium.

  15. Experimental Studies on Dynamic Vibration Absorber using Shape Memory Alloy (NiTi) Springs

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    Kumar, V. Raj; Kumar, M. B. Bharathi Raj; Kumar, M. Senthil

    2011-10-20

    Shape memory alloy (SMA) springs have been used as actuators in many applications although their use in the vibration control area is very recent. Since shape memory alloys differ from conventional alloy materials in many ways, the traditional design approach for springs is not completely suitable for designing SMA springs. Some vibration control concepts utilizing unique characteristics of SMA's will be presented in this paper.A dynamic vibration absorber (DVA) using shape memory alloy (SMA) actuator is developed for attenuation of vibration in a cantilever beam. The design procedure of the DVA is presented. The system consists of a cantilever beam which is considered to generate the real-time vibration using shaker. A SMA spring is used with a mass attached to its end. The stiffness of the SMA spring is dynamically varied in such a way to attenuate the vibration. Both simulation and experimentation are carried out using PID controller. The experiments were carried out by interfacing the experimental setup with a computer using LabVIEW software, Data acquisition and control are implemented using a PCI data acquisition card. Standard PID controllers have been used to control the vibration of the beam. Experimental results are used to demonstrate the effectiveness of the controllers designed and the usefulness of the proposed test platform by exciting the structure at resonance. In experimental setup, an accelerometer is used to measure the vibration which is fed to computer and correspondingly the SMA spring is actuated to change its stiffness to control the vibration. The results obtained illustrate that the developed DVA using SMA actuator is very effective in reducing structural response and have great potential to be an active vibration control medium.

  16. Superelasticity of NiTi Ring-Shaped Springs Induced by Aging for Cranioplasty Applications

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    Morawiec, Henryk Z.; Lekston, Zdzisław H.; Kobus, Kazimierz F.; Węgrzyn, Marek C.; Drugacz, Jan T.

    2009-08-01

    This paper concerns the application of titanium-nickel rings in modeling the cranium. After being fixed to the osseous margins, the ring’s expansion at the same time broadens and shortens the cranium vault. The rings formed from a straight superelastic wire, flattened to an ellipse, do not show the presence of a typical force plateau but rather a pseudoelastic loop during loading-unloading in the relationship between the force and the deflection. Based on the idea that superelasticity in more complex shape-springs may be induced by the precipitation hardening process, the further studies were carried out on alloys with higher nickel contents (51.06 at.% Ni). The rings that had been formed were welded and aged at an optimal temperature and time. The improved superelastic behavior during compression and unloading the rings was obtained by introducing small deformation by drawing the quenched wires before forming the rings and aging. Very positive clinical reshaping by long-term distraction with the superelastic ring-shaped springs was achieved in young children under one year and a less spectacular effect was observed in the group of older children.

  17. Twinning-Induced Elasticity in NiTi Shape Memory Alloys

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    Birk, Thorsten; Biswas, Somjeet; Frenzel, Jan; Eggeler, Gunther

    2016-06-01

    Pseudoelasticity (PE) in shape memory alloys relies on the formation of stress-induced martensite during loading and on the reverse transformation during unloading. PE yields reversible strains of up to 8 % and is applied in applications such as medical implants, flexible eye glass frames, damping elements, and others. Unfortunately, PE shows a strong temperature dependence and thus can only be exploited within a relatively narrow temperature window. The present work focuses on a related process, which we refer to as twinning-induced elasticity (TIE). It involves the growth and shrinkage of martensite variants which are stabilized by dislocations, which are introduced by appropriate cold work. TIE yields reversible strains of the order of 3 %. The TIE effect does not suffer from the strong temperature dependence of PE. The weak temperature dependence of mechanical TIE properties makes TIE attractive for applications where temperature fluctuations are large. In the present work, we study the TIE effect focusing on Ni50Ti50 shape memory alloy wires. The degree of plastic pre-deformation of the initial material represents a key parameter of the ingot metallurgy processing route. It governs the exploitable recoverable strain, the apparent Young's modulus, and the widths of the mechanical hysteresis. Dynamic mechanical analysis is used to study the effects of pre-deformation on elementary microstructural processes which govern TIE.

  18. Fretting behavior of NiTi shape memory alloy against long bone in the imitated human physiological solution

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    Yin, Y.; Xu, Y. T.; Xia, T. D.; Da, G. Z.

    2007-07-01

    The environment of orthopaedic implants sometimes induces vibrations at the contact of the modular prostheses components. In this paper the fretting behavior of NiTi SMAs against human bones in the imitated human physiological solution was studied at various displacement amplitudes and Ph value. Surface micrograph after fretting was observed by MEF3 microscope. Appearance of fretting scar was measured by 2206 roughness tester. The result shows that the friction coefficient between the bone and NiTi SMAs pairs declined due to the lubrication effect of Hank's solution, and which increased when Ph value of fluid was not 7.2 due to the corrosion. So the friction coefficient at acid and alkali Hank's solution is higher than those at the neutral solution and ambient air condition. Generally speaking, the friction coefficient between the bone and NiTi SMAs tend to be stable with the increasing amplitude at all test conditions. It is because that the surface was oxidized to restrain the forming of wear debris and the further development of fretting scars. Although the length and width of the wear scars in simulation body fluid are smaller than that at ambient air condition, the surface of NiTi SMAs damaged is characterized by deep scratches with debris particles within the contact area. Fretting regime of NiTi/bones pairs exhibits the mixed regime at ambient air condition and the slip regime in the Hank's solution.

  19. Calcium Phosphate Growth at Electropolished Titanium Surfaces

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    Ajami, Elnaz; Aguey-Zinsou, Kondo-Francois

    2012-01-01

    This work investigated the ability of electropolished Ti surface to induce Hydroxyapatite (HA) nucleation and growth in vitro via a biomimetic method in Simulated Body Fluid (SBF). The HA induction ability of Ti surface upon electropolishing was compared to that of Ti substrates modified with common chemical methods including alkali, acidic and hydrogen peroxide treatments. Our results revealed the excellent ability of electropolished Ti surfaces in inducing the formation of bone-like HA at the Ti/SBF interface. The chemical composition, crystallinity and thickness of the HA coating obtained on the electropolished Ti surface was found to be comparable to that achieved on the surface of alkali treated Ti substrate, one of the most effective and popular chemical treatments. The surface characteristics of electropolished Ti contributing to HA growth were discussed thoroughly. PMID:24955535

  20. X-ray Diffraction Investigations of Shape Memory NiTi Wire

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    Honarvar, Mohammad; Konh, Bardia; Podder, Tarun K.; Dicker, Adam P.; Yu, Yan; Hutapea, Parsaoran

    2015-08-01

    Outstanding properties of nitinol, known as shape memory and superelasticity, make them suitable alternatives in several biomedical, aerospace, and civil applications. For instance, nitinol wires have been used as the actuator components in many innovative medical devices aiming to make surgical tasks less invasive and more efficient. In most of these applications, it is desired to have a consistent strain response of nitinol wires; therefore, it is necessary to investigate the internal phase transformations from microstructural point of view. In this study, the effect of influencing factors such as biased stress during thermal cycle, the maximum temperature wires experienced during heating part of thermal cycle, and also wire diameters on the amount of unrecovered strain occurred between the first and the second thermal cycles has been investigated. The generation of different phase compositions in the same thermomechanical condition for different wire diameters has been discussed using x-ray diffraction (XRD) method. The location and intensity of characteristic peaks were studied prior and after the loading cycles. It was observed that nitinol wires of diameters less than 0.19 mm exhibit unrecovered strain while heated to the range of 70-80 °C in a thermal cycle, whereas no unrecovered strain was found in wires with larger diameter. The observation was supported by the XRD patterns where the formation of R-phase instead of martensite was shown in wire diameters of less than 0.19 mm after cooling back to room temperature.

  1. [Cytotoxicitic detection of laser welding between NiTi shape memory alloy and stainless steel in vitro].

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    Yu, Wenwen; Zhang, Chao; Zhang, Bing; Liu, Jiming; Sun, Xinhua

    2014-04-01

    To investigate the cytotoxicity of laser-welded nickel titanium (NiTi) and stainless steel composite archwire. The NiTi and stainless steel composite archwire (CoAW) laser-welded with pure copper inrerplayer was studied with methyl thiazolyl tetrazolium (MTT) test in vitro. The cytotoxicity of CoAW was compared with stainless steel archwire and NiTi archwire. Two tests were carried out. Test 1: the immersed solution of CoAW was diluted to five grades (50%, 40%, 30%, 20%, 10%). The cytotoxicity in vitro of these agents was assayed on murine fibroblast cell L929 line with MTT test at 24 and 48 hours. Test 2: the immeresed solution of CoAW, NiTi archwires and stainless steel archwires was diluted to four grads (100%, 75%, 50%, 25%). The cytotoxity of three kinds of material was compared at 48 hours. The results of all samples revealed level 0-1 cytotoxicity. In test 1, the same grade solution optical density (except 20%) at 24 hours was statistically lower than at 48 hours. In test 2, the optical density of CoAW solution (1.964 ± 0.122, 2.084 ± 0.056, 2.056 ± 0.071, 2.096 ± 0.050) was statistically lower than the same grade solution of stainless steel archwire (2.168 ± 0.091, 2.227 ± 0.160, 2.302 ± 0.052, 2.301 ± 0.060) and NiTi archwire (2.138 ± 0.105, 2.262 ± 0.050, 2.271 ± 0.082, 2.294 ± 0.056) (P < 0.05). The MTT test of CoAW in vitro showed that cytotoxicity was related to concentration and time. The cytotoxicity of the CoAW was more serious than that of stainless steel and NiTi archwires. However, CoAW belonged to secure rang of material toxicity reaction.

  2. A Review of the Various Surface Treatments of NiTi Instruments.

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    Mohammadi, Zahed; Soltani, Mohammad Karim; Shalavi, Sousan; Asgary, Saeed

    2014-01-01

    Since the introduction of engine-driven nickel-titanium (NiTi) instruments, attempts have been made to minimize or eliminate their inherent defects, increase their surface hardness/flexibility and also improve their resistance to cyclic fatigue and cutting efficiency. The various strategies of enhancing instrument surface include ion implantation, thermal nitridation, cryogenic treatment and electropolishing. The purpose of this paper was to review the metallurgy and crystal characteristics of NiTi alloy and to present a general over review of the published articles on surface treatment of NiTi endodontic instruments.

  3. A Review of the Various Surface Treatments of NiTi Instruments

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    Mohammadi, Zahed; Soltani, Mohammad Karim; Shalavi, Sousan; Asgary, Saeed

    2014-01-01

    Since the introduction of engine-driven nickel-titanium (NiTi) instruments, attempts have been made to minimize or eliminate their inherent defects, increase their surface hardness/flexibility and also improve their resistance to cyclic fatigue and cutting efficiency. The various strategies of enhancing instrument surface include ion implantation, thermal nitridation, cryogenic treatment and electropolishing. The purpose of this paper was to review the metallurgy and crystal characteristics of NiTi alloy and to present a general over review of the published articles on surface treatment of NiTi endodontic instruments. PMID:25386201

  4. Nickel release behavior and surface characteristics of porous NiTi shape memory alloy modified by different chemical processes.

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    Wu, Shuilin; Liu, Xiangmei; Chan, Y L; Chu, Paul K; Chung, C Y; Chu, Chenglin; Yeung, Kelvin W K; Lu, W W; Cheung, Kenneth M C; Luk, K D K

    2009-05-01

    As a non-line-of-sight surface modification technique, chemical treatment is an effective method to treat porous NiTi with complex surface morphologies and large exposed areas due to its liquidity and low temperature. In the work described here, three different chemical processes are used to treat porous NiTi alloys. Our results show that H(2)O(2) treatment, NaOH treatment, and H(2)O(2) pre-treatment plus subsequent NaOH treatment can mitigate leaching of nickel from the alloy. The porous NiTi samples modified by the two latter processes favor deposition of a layer composed of Ca and P due to the formation of bioactive Na(2)TiO(3) on the surface. Among the three processes, H(2)O(2) pre-treatment plus subsequent NaOH modification is the most effective in suppressing nickel release. Small area X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy reveals that the surfaces treated by different chemical processes have different structures and compositions. The sample modified by the H(2)O(2) treatment is composed of rough TiO(2) on the outer surface and an oxide transition layer underneath whereas the sample treated by NaOH comprises a surface layer of titanium oxide and Na(2)TiO(3) together with a transition layer. The sample processed by the H(2)O(2) and NaOH treatment has a pure Na(2)TiO(3) layer on the surface and a transition layer underneath. These results help to elucidate the different nickel release behavior and bioactivity of porous NiTi alloys processed by different methods.

  5. Grain Nucleation and Growth in Deformed NiTi Shape Memory Alloys: An In Situ TEM Study

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    Burow, J.; Frenzel, J.; Somsen, C.; Prokofiev, E.; Valiev, R.; Eggeler, G.

    2017-09-01

    The present study investigates the evolution of nanocrystalline (NC) and ultrafine-grained (UFG) microstructures in plastically deformed NiTi. Two deformed NiTi alloys were subjected to in situ annealing in a transmission electron microscope (TEM) at 400 and 550 °C: an amorphous material state produced by high-pressure torsion (HPT) and a mostly martensitic partly amorphous alloy produced by wire drawing. In situ annealing experiments were performed to characterize the microstructural evolution from the initial nonequilibrium states toward energetically more favorable microstructures. In general, the formation and evolution of nanocrystalline microstructures are governed by the nucleation of new grains and their subsequent growth. Austenite nuclei which form in HPT and wire-drawn microstructures have sizes close to 10 nm. Grain coarsening occurs in a sporadic, nonuniform manner and depends on the physical and chemical features of the local environment. The mobility of grain boundaries in NiTi is governed by the local interaction of each grain with its microstructural environment. Nanograin growth in thin TEM foils seems to follow similar kinetic laws to those in bulk microstructures. The present study demonstrates the strength of in situ TEM analysis and also highlights aspects which need to be considered when interpreting the results.

  6. Shape Memory Response of Polycrystalline NiTi12.5Hf Alloy: Transformation at Small Scales

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    Wu, Y.; Patriarca, L.; Li, G.; Sehitoglu, H.; Soejima, Y.; Ito, T.; Nishida, M.

    2015-09-01

    The transformation behavior of NiTiHf alloys is intriguing. In NiTiHf alloys, the experimental transformation strains have been reported to be considerably lower than theoretical transformation strains. In this study, the transformation strain is established with very careful strain measurements at small scales in isobaric and isothermal experiments. Because of the heterogeneity of strain distributions, the results depend on the sub-region considered. The measured local transformation strain can be as high as 6.0 % in compression which is in very good agreement with theoretical calculations for NiTi12.5Hf. The comprehension of NiTi12.5Hf alloy was furthered upon extensive microstructural characterization including high-resolution electron microscopy, establishing the volume fractions of precipitates and twin type. The volume fraction of precipitates is similar to that of Ni-rich binary NiTi alloys. Meanwhile, the twinning modes in the martensite are compound and Type I twins which were used in the theoretical calculations of transformation strains. This material also generates a high work output and represents a foundation for understanding higher Hf compositions.

  7. Use of nitinol shape memory alloy staples (NiTi clips) after cervical discoidectomy: minimally invasive instrumentation and long-term results.

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    Singh, D; Sinha, S; Singh, H; Jagetia, A; Gupta, S; Gangoo, P; Tandon, M

    2011-08-01

    Anterior cervical discoidectomy with or without fusion is a well established surgical remedy for cervical prolapsed intervertebral disc (PIVD) disease. If fusion is done by an iliac bone graft then internal fixation is commonly used to keep the graft in position. This study was conducted to determine the efficacy and tolerability of shape memory alloys, especially NiTi (nickel titanium) clips in the stabilization of grafts following anterior cervical discoidectomy. 133 NiTi clips were applied in 119 patients between January 2002 and December 2008. The patients age ranged from 38-60 years. There were 66 male and 53 females. Various indications for fixation of the spine included degenerated cervical spondylosis with single level PIVD (105) and two level PIVD in 14 patients. The cine mode fluoroscopy confirmed the perioperative correct placement of grafts and clips in all the patients. Follow-up ranged from 2 to 8 years (mean: 4.6 years). Single level discoidectomy was performed in 105 patients and two level disc removal was done in 14 patients. A single NiTi clip was applied in all the cases except for 14 cases of two level PIVD. No procedural complication or adverse reaction to the clip was noted. There was no movement at the operated level in dynamic lateral view X-ray of cervical spine at the 1st postoperative day as well as on follow-up. Graft extrusion was seen in one patient on the 2nd day after surgery and was reoperated. Bony fusion occurred in all patients after 9 - 12 months of surgery. There was no incidence of breakage or dislodgement of the clip from the site where it was inserted. No artifact was noted in cervical MRI done in 33 patients. NiTi clips are a simple alternative for cervical spine stabilization after discoidectomy. Their insertion is simple, minimally invasive, does not require any special set of instruments and they are much more economical than other established methods of treatment. These clips are accepted well by human tissue and do

  8. Design and fabrication of a bending rotation fatigue test rig for in situ electrochemical analysis during fatigue testing of NiTi shape memory alloy wires.

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    Neelakantan, Lakshman; Zglinski, Jenni Kristin; Frotscher, Matthias; Eggeler, Gunther

    2013-03-01

    The current investigation proposes a novel method for simultaneous assessment of the electrochemical and structural fatigue properties of nickel-titanium shape memory alloy (NiTi SMA) wires. The design and layout of an in situ electrochemical cell in a custom-made bending rotation fatigue (BRF) test rig is presented. This newly designed test rig allows performing a wide spectrum of experiments for studying the influence of fatigue on corrosion and vice versa. This can be achieved by performing ex situ and∕or in situ measurements. The versatility of the combined electrochemical∕mechanical test rig is demonstrated by studying the electrochemical behavior of NiTi SMA wires in 0.9% NaCl electrolyte under load. The ex situ measurements allow addressing various issues, for example, the influence of pre-fatigue on the localized corrosion resistance, or the influence of hydrogen on fatigue life. Ex situ experiments showed that a pre-fatigued wire is more susceptible to localized corrosion. The synergetic effect can be concluded from the polarization studies and specifically from an in situ study of the open circuit potential (OCP) transients, which sensitively react to the elementary repassivation events related to the local failure of the oxide layer. It can also be used as an indicator for identifying the onset of the fatigue failure.

  9. Effect of the M(s) transformation temperature on the wear behaviour of NiTi shape memory alloys for articular prosthesis.

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    Peña, J; Solano, E; Mendoza, A; Casals, J; Planell, J A; Gil, F J

    2005-01-01

    The main objective of this work has been the characterisation and correlation of the wear behaviour of the NiTi shape memory alloys in their different phases. The weight losses for the different alloys in function of the present phase, and of the M(s) transformation temperature are studied. Adhesive wear tests, Pin-on-Disk, according to the ASTM-G99 standard have been carried out. The thermoelastic martensitic transformations that cause the super-elastic effect, the reorientation and coalescence of martensitic plates and the damping effect promotes a high ability to accommodate large deformations without generating permanent damages that causes the wear. The resulting plastic deformation may be accumulated during wear process without generating fracture. The results show that the wear resistance is mainly dependent of the M(s) transformation temperature for both alloys. For the NiTi alloys also the Ni atomic percentage and the hardness of the alloys are important parameters in the wear behavior.

  10. Observation on the transformation domains of super-elastic NiTi shape memory alloy and their evolutions during cyclic loading

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    Xie, Xi; Kan, Qianhua; Kang, Guozheng; Li, Jian; Qiu, Bo; Yu, Chao

    2016-04-01

    The strain field of a super-elastic NiTi shape memory alloy (SMA) and its variation during uniaxial cyclic tension-unloading were observed by a non-contact digital image correlation method, and then the transformation domains and their evolutions were indirectly investigated and discussed. It is seen that the super-elastic NiTi (SMA) exhibits a remarkable localized deformation and the transformation domains evolve periodically with the repeated cyclic tension-unloading within the first several cycles. However, the evolutions of transformation domains at the stage of stable cyclic transformation depend on applied peak stress: when the peak stress is low, no obvious transformation band is observed and the strain field is nearly uniform; when the peak stress is large enough, obvious transformation bands occur due to the residual martensite caused by the prevention of enriched dislocations to the reverse transformation from induced martensite to austenite. Temperature variations measured by an infrared thermal imaging method further verifies the formation and evolution of transformation domains.

  11. Design and fabrication of a bending rotation fatigue test rig for in situ electrochemical analysis during fatigue testing of NiTi shape memory alloy wires

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    Neelakantan, Lakshman; Zglinski, Jenni Kristin; Eggeler, Gunther; Frotscher, Matthias

    2013-03-15

    The current investigation proposes a novel method for simultaneous assessment of the electrochemical and structural fatigue properties of nickel-titanium shape memory alloy (NiTi SMA) wires. The design and layout of an in situ electrochemical cell in a custom-made bending rotation fatigue (BRF) test rig is presented. This newly designed test rig allows performing a wide spectrum of experiments for studying the influence of fatigue on corrosion and vice versa. This can be achieved by performing ex situ and/or in situ measurements. The versatility of the combined electrochemical/mechanical test rig is demonstrated by studying the electrochemical behavior of NiTi SMA wires in 0.9% NaCl electrolyte under load. The ex situ measurements allow addressing various issues, for example, the influence of pre-fatigue on the localized corrosion resistance, or the influence of hydrogen on fatigue life. Ex situ experiments showed that a pre-fatigued wire is more susceptible to localized corrosion. The synergetic effect can be concluded from the polarization studies and specifically from an in situ study of the open circuit potential (OCP) transients, which sensitively react to the elementary repassivation events related to the local failure of the oxide layer. It can also be used as an indicator for identifying the onset of the fatigue failure.

  12. THE EFFECT OF REPEATED COMPRESSIVE DYNAMIC LOADING ON THE STRESS-INDUCED MARTENSITIC TRANSFORMATION IN NiTi SHAPE MEMORY ALLOYS

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    D. MILLER; W. THISSELL; ET AL

    2000-08-01

    It has been shown that quasi-static, cyclic, isothermal mechanical loading influences the mechanical response of the stress-induced martensitic transformation in fully annealed NiTi Shape Memory Alloys (SMAs). As the cycle number increases, hardening of the stress-strain response during the martensitic phase transformation is seen along with a decrease in the threshold stress for initiation of stress-induced martensite. Also, the amount of plastic strain and detwinned martensitic strain decreases as the cycle number increases. However, NiTi SMAs have not been experimentally explored under high compressive strain rates. This research explores the cyclic near-adiabatic stress-induced martensitic loading using a Split Hopkinskin Pressure Bar (SHPB). The results of the dynamic loading tests are presented with emphasis on the loading rate, stress-strain response, specimen temperature and post-test microstructural evaluation. The results from the high strain rate tests show similarities with the quasi-static results in the hardening of the stress-strain response and shifting of the threshold stress for initiation of stress-induced martensite.

  13. Anomalous transport and thermal properties of NiTi and with Cu and Fe-doped shape memory alloys near the martensitic transition

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    Ingale, B. D.; Wei, W. C.; Chang, P. C.; Kuo, Y. K.; Wu, S. K.

    2011-12-01

    The temperature dependent electrical and thermal properties including electrical resistivity (ρ), specific heat (CP), Seebeck coefficient (S) and thermal conductivity (κ) have been studied for the polycrystalline NiTi, Ti50Ni40Cu10 and Ti50Ni48.5Fe1.5 shape memory alloys from 10-400 K. It was found that the electrical resistivity and Seebeck coefficient exhibit a typical metallic behavior throughout the temperature range investigated. A significant thermal hysteresis between warming and cooling was observed in all the three alloys which is a manifestation of the first-order nature of martensitic transitions. Our results indicate the presence of two stage martnesite transformations, i.e. B2 → B19 → B19' for Ti50Ni40Cu10 while B2 → R → B19' for NiTi and Ti50Ni48.5Fe1.5 alloys. An analysis on the measured thermal conductivity reveals that the anomalous feature in κ at the B19 ↔ B19' transformation for Ti50Ni40Cu10 is essentially attributed to the electronic contribution, while an enormously large peak in warming run observed at the B19 → B2 transformation is due to the change in lattice thermal conductivity.

  14. Low Temperature Creep of Hot-Extruded Near-Stoichiometric NiTi Shape Memory Alloy. Part I; Isothermal Creep

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    Raj, S. V.; Noebe, R. D.

    2013-01-01

    This two-part paper is the first published report on the long term, low temperature creep of hot-extruded near-stoichiometric NiTi. Constant load tensile creep tests were conducted on hot-extruded near-stoichiometric NiTi at 300, 373 and 473 K under initial applied stresses varying between 200 and 350 MPa as long as 15 months. These temperatures corresponded to the martensitic, two-phase and austenitic phase regions, respectively. Normal primary creep lasting several months was observed under all conditions indicating dislocation activity. Although steady-state creep was not observed under these conditions, the estimated creep rates varied between 10(exp -10) and 10(exp -9)/s. The creep behavior of the two phases showed significant differences. The martensitic phase exhibited a large strain on loading followed by a primary creep region accumulating a small amount of strain over a period of several months. The loading strain was attributed to the detwinning of the martensitic phase whereas the subsequent strain accumulation was attributed to dislocation glide-controlled creep. An "incubation period" was observed before the occurrence of detwinning. In contrast, the austenitic phase exhibited a relatively smaller loading strain followed by a primary creep region, where the creep strain continued to increase over several months. It is concluded that the creep of the austenitic phase occurs by a dislocation glide-controlled creep mechanism as well as by the nucleation and growth of deformation twins.

  15. Thermomechanical model for evaluation of the superelastic response of NiTi shape memory alloys under dynamic conditions

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    Soul, H.; Yawny, A.

    2013-03-01

    The development of a 1D thermomechanical model for simulating the response of uniaxial superelastic NiTi elements is described. The formulation of the model includes consideration of the dependence of the critical stresses for forward and reverse transformation on the temperature, the occurrence of strain rate effects due to self-heating/cooling associated with the latent heat of the stress induced martensitic transformation, the localized character of the stress induced transformation in superelastic NiTi wires and ribbons, the possibility of nucleation events during both the forward and reverse transformations and the occurrence of non-recoverable residual strains. Numerical simulations allowed rationalization of different features commonly observed in experiments and their dependence on strain rate and environment conditions. Comparisons of numerical results with experimental cycles obtained in the present work and also with data published in the literature indicate the potentiality of the developed model as a design tool for simulating the response of superelastic materials subjected to realistic service conditions.

  16. Deployment shock attenuation of a solar array tape hinge by means of the Martensite detwinning of NiTi Shape Memory Alloy

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    Lee, Chang-Ho; Jeong, Ju-Won; Kim, Young-Jin; Lee, Jung-Ju

    2016-03-01

    This paper presents a new tape hinge for attenuating the deployment shock of a satellite solar array. This hinge uses the Martensite detwinning of Shape Memory Alloy (SMA). To attenuate the deployment shock, a NiTi SMA strip is assembled between two curved steel strips. The attenuation performance of the hinge is analyzed using a SMA detwinning constitutive equation. A prototype of the hinge is manufactured and its characteristics are measured in a bending test and in a deployment test. Finally, the deployment performance of the prototype hinge is investigated on a satellite model. It is shown that the new SMA damped tape hinge can effectively minimize the deployment shock and dynamic perturbation while also maintaining suitable deployment performance.

  17. Deployment shock attenuation of a solar array tape hinge by means of the Martensite detwinning of NiTi Shape Memory Alloy.

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    Lee, Chang-Ho; Jeong, Ju-Won; Kim, Young-Jin; Lee, Jung-Ju

    2016-03-01

    This paper presents a new tape hinge for attenuating the deployment shock of a satellite solar array. This hinge uses the Martensite detwinning of Shape Memory Alloy (SMA). To attenuate the deployment shock, a NiTi SMA strip is assembled between two curved steel strips. The attenuation performance of the hinge is analyzed using a SMA detwinning constitutive equation. A prototype of the hinge is manufactured and its characteristics are measured in a bending test and in a deployment test. Finally, the deployment performance of the prototype hinge is investigated on a satellite model. It is shown that the new SMA damped tape hinge can effectively minimize the deployment shock and dynamic perturbation while also maintaining suitable deployment performance.

  18. High-energy synchrotron X-ray diffraction measurements of simple bending of pseudoelastic NiTi shape memory alloy wires

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    Zhang, Baozhuo; Young, Marcus L.

    2016-05-23

    Many technological applications of austenitic shape memory alloys (SMAs) involve cyclical mechanical loading and unloading in order to take advantage of pseudoelasticity. In this paper, we investigated the effect of mechanical bending of pseudoelastic NiTi SMA wires using high-energy synchrotron radiation X-ray diffraction (SR-XRD). Differential scanning calorimetry was performed to identify the phase transformation temperatures. Scanning electron microscopy images show that micro-cracks in compressive regions of the wire propagate with increasing bend angle, while tensile regions tend not to exhibit crack propagation. SR-XRD patterns were analyzed to study the phase transformation and investigate micromechanical properties. By observing the various diffraction peaks such as the austenite (200) and the martensite (${\\bar 1}12$), (${\\bar 1}03$), (${\\bar 1}11$), and (101) planes, intensities and residual strain values exhibit strong anisotropy, depending upon whether the sample is in compression or tension during bending.

  19. Investigations on the influence of composition in the development of Ni-Ti shape memory alloy using laser based additive manufacturing

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    Shiva, S.; Palani, I. A.; Mishra, S. K.; Paul, C. P.; Kukreja, L. M.

    2015-06-01

    Among the various shaped memory alloys (SMA), nitinol (Ni-Ti alloy) finds applications in automotive, aerospace, biomedical and robotics. The conventional route of fabrication of SMA has several limitations, like formation of stable secondary phases, fabrication of simple geometries, etc. This paper reports a novel method of fabricating SMA using a laser based additive manufacturing technique. Three different compositions of Ni and Ti powders (Ni-45% Ti-55%; Ni-50% Ti-50%; Ni-55% Ti45%) were pre-mixed using ball-milling and laser based additive manufacturing system was employed to fabricate circular rings. The material properties of fabricated rings were evaluated using Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), Differential scanning calorimeter (DSC), X-ray diffraction (XRD) system and micro-hardness test. All the characterized results showed that SMA could be manufactured using the laser based additive manufacturing process. The properties of laser additive manufactured SMA (Ni-50% Ti-50%) were found to be close to that of conventionally processed SMA.

  20. Surface Treatments of Nb by Buffered Electropolishing

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    Wu, Andy T.; Rimmer, Robert A.; Ciovati, Gianluigi; Manus, Robert L.; Reece, Charles E.; Williams, J. S.; Eozénou, F.; Jin, S.; Wang, E.

    2009-11-01

    Buffered electropolishing (BEP) is a Nb surface treatment technique developed at Jefferson Lab1. Experimental results obtained from flat Nb samples show2-4 that BEP can produce a surface finish much smoother than that produced by the conventional electropolishing (EP), while Nb removal rate can be as high as 4.67 μm/min. This new technique has been applied to the treatments of Nb SRF single cell cavity employing a vertical polishing system5 constructed at JLab as well as a horizontal polishing system at CEA Saclay. Preliminary results show that the accelerating gradient can reach 32 MV/m for a large grain cavity and 26.7 MV/m for a regular grain cavity. In this presentation, the latest progresses from the international collaboration between Peking University, CEA Saclay, and JLab on BEP will be summarized.

  1. Electrochemical and corrosion behaviors of sputtered TiNi shape memory films

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    Li, K.; Huang, X.; Zhao, Z. S.; Li, Y.; Fu, Y. Q.

    2016-03-01

    Electrochemical and corrosion behaviors of TiNi-based shape memory thin films were explored using electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and polarization methods in phosphate buffered saline solutions at 37 °C. Compared with those of electro-polished and passivated bulk NiTi shape memory alloys, the break-down potentials of the sputter-deposited amorphous TiNi films were much higher. After crystallization, the break-down potentials of the TiNi films were comparable with that of the bulk NiTi shape memory alloy. Additionally, variation of composition of the TiNi films showed little influence on their corrosion behavior. The EIS data were fitted using a parallel resistance-capacitance circuit associated with passive oxide layer on the tested samples. The thickness of the oxide layer for the TiNi thin films was found much thinner than that of bulk NiTi shape memory alloy. During electrochemical testing, the oxide thickness of the bulk alloy reached its maximum at a voltage of 0.6-0.8 V, whereas those of TiNi films were increased continuously up to a voltage of 1.2 V.

  2. Cleaning of dismantled metals by electropolishing

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    Wei, T.Y.; Chung, Z.J.; Lu, D.L.; Hsieh, J.C.

    1995-12-31

    A project of cleaning dismantled metals is going on at INER. The test work has been performed. Results showed that the activity decreased from 45 {micro}Sv/h to background level after 20 minutes electrolytic polishing. These cleaned metals could be reused through melting and fabricating. These metals could also be classified as BRC waste to facilitate the waste management if they can pass the identification and be admitted by the government authority. In order to achieve the planned target, some electro-decontamination facilities have been established. An automatic electropolishing facility with six cells was designed to clean the contaminated metals in plate type with dimensions less than 50 cm x 50 cm. Another automatic electropolishing facility was specially designed for treating the contaminated pipes. In addition, mobile electropolishing facilities were also established for large pieces of metal and some fixed equipment. In this cleaning project, a practical recycling and treatment method for electrolyte has been developed in order to comply with the requirement of secondary waste minimization.

  3. Surface properties of electropolished titanium and vanadium

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    Jobin, M.; Taborelli, M.; Descouts, P.

    1993-12-01

    The surface topography, the chemical composition and the hydroxylation state are the surface properties playing a key role in the first stage of the biocompatibility process, namely the adsorption of water and proteins on the implant surface. To understand the very different tissue response to titanium and vanadium, we have measured the above-mentioned surface properties on similarly prepared Ti and V electropolished samples. Scanning force microscopy shows granular and homogeneous surfaces in both Ti and V samples, but with roughness twice as small in the case of V and with a lateral grain size of the order of 20-30 nm for Ti and of 80-100 nm for V. The surface chemical composition is strongly affected by thermal treatments, as revealed by Auger electron spectroscopy. On electropolished Ti, the surface segregation of Cl (originating from the electropolishing bath) occurs at 720 K and is well described by a purely diffusive model, i.e. Fick's law. For the segregation of S on Ti at higher temperature, we have extracted the energy of segregation and observed a rather strong influence of sulphur diffusion depending on the presence of chlorine on the surface. Finally, thermal desorption spectroscopy measurements indicate that water is mainly dissociated on hydroxyl groups on both Ti and V; the large amount of detected water indicates that it is deeply trapped inside the sample and not only chemisorbed on its surface.

  4. In Situ Neutron Diffraction Study of NiTi-21Pt High-Temperature Shape Memory Alloys

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    Benafan, O.; Gaydosh, D. J.; Noebe, R. D.; Qiu, S.; Vaidyanathan, R.

    2016-12-01

    In situ neutron diffraction was used to investigate the microstructural features of stoichiometric and Ti-rich NiTiPt high-temperature shape memory alloys with target compositions of Ni29Ti50Pt21 and Ni28.5Ti50.5Pt21 (in atomic percent), respectively. The alloys' isothermal and thermomechanical properties (i.e., moduli, thermal expansion, transformation strains, and dimensional stability) were correlated to the lattice strains, volume-averaged elastic moduli, and textures as determined by neutron diffraction. In addition, the unique aspects of this technique when applied to martensitic transformations in shape memory alloys are highlighted throughout the paper.

  5. Functionally-graded shape memory alloy by diffusion annealing of palladium-coated NiTi plates

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    Khaleghi, Fatemeh; Tajally, Mohammad; Emadoddin, Esmaeil; Mohri, Maryam

    2017-09-01

    Diffusion annealing of palladium-coated Ti-Ni plates was performed at temperatures ranging from 900 °C to 1,000 °C, to accomplish a compositional gradient in Ti-rich, Ti-Ni shape memory alloys. The aim of this study was to increase the transformation temperatures and transformation temperature intervals. Palladium diffusion profiles were measured by energy dispersive spectroscopy, and the corresponding approximate diffusion coefficients of the annealed specimens were calculated. The Gaussian solution of Fick's second law for the one-dimensional lattice diffusion of a tracer was used. The transformation behavior studies were performed by differential scanning calorimetry. It was depicted that annealed specimens show longer transformation intervals compared to the bare alloy. In addition, annealed specimens showed improved shape memory properties that were attributed to the lower amount of Ti2Ni precipitates in the diffusion layer. The shape memory behaviour of the samples was detected using micro-indentation at room temperature, followed by heating them above the austenite formation temperature to calculate the shape recovery ratio.

  6. Deformation and Phase Transformation Processes in Polycrystalline NiTi and NiTiHf High Temperature Shape Memory Alloys

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    Benafan, Othmane

    2012-01-01

    The deformation and transformation mechanisms of polycrystalline Ni49.9Ti50.1 and Ni50.3Ti29.7Hf20 (in at.%) shape memory alloys were investigated by combined experimental and modeling efforts aided by an in situ neutron diffraction technique at stress and temperature. The thermomechanical response of the low temperature martensite, the high temperature austenite phases, and changes between these two states during thermomechanical cycling were probed and reported. In the cubic austenite phase, stress-induced martensite, deformation twinning and slip processes were observed which helped in constructing a deformation map that contained the limits over which each of the identified mechanisms was dominant. Deformation of the monoclinic martensitic phase was also investigated where the microstructural changes (texture, lattice strains, and phase fractions) during room-temperature deformation and subsequent thermal cycling were compared to the bulk macroscopic response. When cycling between these two phases, the evolution of inelastic strains, along with the shape setting procedures were examined and used for the optimization of the transformation properties as a function of deformation levels and temperatures. Finally, this work was extended to the development of multiaxial capabilities at elevated temperatures for the in situ neutron diffraction measurements of shape memory alloys on the VULCAN Diffractometer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

  7. Role of B19' martensite deformation in stabilizing two-way shape memory behavior in NiTi

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    Benafan, O.; Padula, S. A.; Noebe, R. D.; ...

    2012-11-01

    Deformation of a B19' martensitic, polycrystallineNi49.9Ti50.1 (at. %) shape memoryalloy and its influence on the magnitude and stability of the ensuing two-way shape memory effect (TWSME) was investigated by combined ex situ mechanical experimentation and in situneutron diffraction measurements at stress and temperature. The microstructural changes (texture, lattice strains, and phase fractions) during room-temperature deformation and subsequent thermal cycling were captured and compared to the bulk macroscopic response of the alloy. With increasing uniaxial strain, it was observed that B19' martensite deformed by reorientation and detwinning with preferred selection of the (1¯50)M and (010)M variants, (201¯)B19' deformation twinning, and dislocationmore » activity. These mechanisms were indicated by changes in bulk texture from the neutron diffraction measurements. Partial reversibility of the reoriented variants and deformation twins was also captured upon load removal and thermal cycling, which after isothermal deformation to strains between 6% and 22% resulted in a strong TWSME. Consequently, TWSME functional parameters including TWSME strain, strain reduction, and transformation temperatures were characterized and it was found that prior martensite deformation to 14% strain provided the optimum condition for the TWSME, resulting in a stable two-way shape memory strain of 2.2%. Thus, isothermal deformation of martensite was found to be a quick and efficient method for creating a strong and stable TWSME in Ni₄₉.₉Ti₅₀.₁.« less

  8. Role of B19' martensite deformation in stabilizing two-way shape memory behavior in NiTi

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    Benafan, O.; Padula, S. A.; Noebe, R. D.; Sisneros, T. A.; Vaidyanathan, R.

    2012-11-01

    Deformation of a B19' martensitic, polycrystalline Ni49.9Ti50.1 (at. %) shape memory alloy and its influence on the magnitude and stability of the ensuing two-way shape memory effect (TWSME) was investigated by combined ex situ mechanical experimentation and in situ neutron diffraction measurements at stress and temperature. The microstructural changes (texture, lattice strains, and phase fractions) during room-temperature deformation and subsequent thermal cycling were captured and compared to the bulk macroscopic response of the alloy. With increasing uniaxial strain, it was observed that B19' martensite deformed by reorientation and detwinning with preferred selection of the (1¯50)M and (010)M variants, (201¯)B19' deformation twinning, and dislocation activity. These mechanisms were indicated by changes in bulk texture from the neutron diffraction measurements. Partial reversibility of the reoriented variants and deformation twins was also captured upon load removal and thermal cycling, which after isothermal deformation to strains between 6% and 22% resulted in a strong TWSME. Consequently, TWSME functional parameters including TWSME strain, strain reduction, and transformation temperatures were characterized and it was found that prior martensite deformation to 14% strain provided the optimum condition for the TWSME, resulting in a stable two-way shape memory strain of 2.2%. Thus, isothermal deformation of martensite was found to be a quick and efficient method for creating a strong and stable TWSME in Ni49.9Ti50.1.

  9. NiTi Alloy Negator Springs for Long-Stroke Constant-Force Shape Memory Actuators: Modeling, Simulation and Testing

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    Spaggiari, Andrea; Dragoni, Eugenio; Tuissi, Ausonio

    2014-07-01

    This work aims at the experimental characterization and modeling validation of shape memory alloy (SMA) Negator springs. According to the classic engineering books on springs, a Negator spring is a spiral spring made of strip of metal wound on the flat with an inherent curvature such that, in repose, each coil wraps tightly on its inner neighbor. The main feature of a Negator springs is the nearly constant force displacement behavior in the unwinding of the strip. Moreover the stroke is very long, theoretically infinite, as it depends only on the length of the initial strip. A Negator spring made in SMA is built and experimentally tested to demonstrate the feasibility of this actuator. The shape memory Negator spring behavior can be modeled with an analytical procedure, which is in good agreement with the experimental test and can be used for design purposes. In both cases, the material is modeled as elastic in austenitic range, while an exponential continuum law is used to describe the martensitic behavior. The experimental results confirms the applicability of this kind of geometry to the shape memory alloy actuators, and the analytical model is confirmed to be a powerful design tool to dimension and predict the spring behavior both in martensitic and austenitic range.

  10. Effects of Al2O3 Nanopowders on the Wear Behavior of NiTi Shape Memory Alloys

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    Şahin, Y.; Öksüz, K. Emre

    2014-01-01

    TiNi shape memory alloy and its composite using δ-Al2O3 nanosize particles were prepared by the powder metallurgy method, and some mechanical properties like hardness, wear, and corrosion behavior were investigated. The experimental results exhibited that the lower wear rate was obtained for the nano-Al2O3-reinforced Ti alloy composite due to increased hardness, but the wear rate increased considerably with increasing the load over 25 N for Ti alloy. However, the best corrosion resistance was obtained for the base alloy, which is very important for implant applications.

  11. Work production using the two-way shape memory effect in NiTi and a Ni-rich NiTiHf high-temperature shape memory alloy

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    Atli, K. C.; Karaman, I.; Noebe, R. D.; Bigelow, G.; Gaydosh, D.

    2015-12-01

    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 °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.

  12. Macroscopic and Microstructural Aspects of the Transformation Behavior in a Polycrystalline NiTi Shape Memory Alloy

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    Benafan, Othmane; Noebe, Ronald D.; Padula, Santo A., II; Lerch, Bradley A.; Bigelow, Glen S.; Gaydosh, Darrell J.; Garg, Anita; An, Ke; Vaidyanathan, Raj

    2013-01-01

    The mechanical and microstructural behavior of a polycrystalline Ni(49.9)Ti(50.1) (at.%) shape memory alloy was investigated as a function of temperature around the transformation regime. The bulk macroscopic responses, measured using ex situ tensile deformation and impulse excitation tests, were compared to the microstructural evolution captured using in situ neutron diffraction. The onset stress for inelastic deformation and dynamic Young's modulus were found to decrease with temperature, in the martensite regime, reaching a significant minimum at approximately 80 C followed by an increase in both properties, attributed to the martensite to austenite transformation. The initial decrease in material compliance during heating affected the ease with which martensite reorientation and detwinning could occur, ultimately impacting the stress for inelastic deformation prior to the start of the reverse transformation.

  13. The corrosion resistance of composite arch wire laser-welded by NiTi shape memory alloy and stainless steel wires with Cu interlayer in artificial saliva with protein.

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    Zhang, Chao; Sun, Xinhua; Hou, Xu; Li, Hongmei; Sun, Daqian

    2013-01-01

    In this paper, the corrosion resistance of laser-welded composite arch wire (CoAW) with Cu interlayer between NiTi shape memory alloy and stainless steel wire in artificial saliva with different concentrations of protein was studied. It was found that protein addition had a significant influence on the corrosion behavior of CoAW. Low concentration of protein caused the corrosion resistance of CoAW decrease in electrochemical corrosion and immersion corrosion tests. High concentration of protein could reduce this effect.

  14. The Corrosion Resistance of Composite Arch Wire Laser-Welded By NiTi Shape Memory Alloy and Stainless Steel Wires with Cu Interlayer in Artificial Saliva with Protein

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    Zhang, Chao; Sun, Xinhua; Hou, Xu; Li, Hongmei; Sun, Daqian

    2013-01-01

    In this paper, the corrosion resistance of laser-welded composite arch wire (CoAW) with Cu interlayer between NiTi shape memory alloy and stainless steel wire in artificial saliva with different concentrations of protein was studied. It was found that protein addition had a significant influence on the corrosion behavior of CoAW. Low concentration of protein caused the corrosion resistance of CoAW decrease in electrochemical corrosion and immersion corrosion tests. High concentration of protein could reduce this effect. PMID:23801895

  15. Electropolishing on small samples at Fermilab

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    Boffo, C.; Bauer, P.; Teid, T.; Geng, R.; /Cornell U., Phys. Dept.

    2005-07-01

    The electropolishing process (EP) is considered an essential step in the processing of high gradient SRF cavities. Studies on EP of small samples has been started at Fermilab as part of the SRF materials R&D program. A simple bench top setup was developed to understand the basic variables affecting the EP. In addition a setup for vertical EP of half cells, based on the Cornell design, was used and another one for dumbbells was designed and tested. Results and findings are reported.

  16. Utility of magneto-electropolished ternary nitinol alloys for blood contacting applications.

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    Pulletikurthi, Chandan; Munroe, Norman; Stewart, Danique; Haider, Waseem; Amruthaluri, Sushma; Rokicki, Ryszard; Dugrot, Manuel; Ramaswamy, Sharan

    2015-10-01

    The thrombogenicity of a biomaterial is mainly dependent on its surface characteristics, which dictates its interactions with blood. Surface properties such as composition, roughness wettability, surface free energy, and morphology will affect an implant material's hemocompatibility. Additionally, in the realm of metallic biomaterials, the specific composition of the alloy and its surface treatment are important factors that will affect the surface properties. The utility of magneto-electropolished (MEP) ternary Nitinol alloys, NiTiTa, and NiTiCr as blood contacting materials was investigated. The hemcompatibility of these alloys were compared to mechanically polished (MP) metallic biomaterial counterparts. In vitro thrombogenicity tests revealed significantly less platelet adherence on ternary MEP Nitinol, especially MEP NiTi10Ta as compared to the MP metals (p < 0.05). The enhanced anti-platelet-adhesive property of MEP NiTi10Ta was in part, attributed to the Ta2 O5 component of the alloy. Furthermore, the formation of a dense and mixed hydrophobic oxide layer during MEP is believed to have inhibited the adhesion of negatively charged platelets. In conclusion, MEP ternary Nitinol alloys can potentially be utilized for blood-contacting devices where, complications resulting from thrombogenicity can be minimized.

  17. Electropolishing qualification program for PWR steam generator divider plates

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    Spalaris, C.N. )

    1990-09-01

    A program was conducted to establish electropolishing parameters for Inconel 600 plate and Inco 182 weld metal. Test parameters were chosen so as to define margins in the principal process variables, as a prerequisite for applying electropolishing to reactor components. The test program and evaluation of the results obtained are included in this report. 12 refs., 35 figs., 5 tabs.

  18. Study of the Behavior of a Bell-Shaped Colonic Self-Expandable NiTi Stent under Peristaltic Movements

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    Puértolas, José A.; López, Enrique

    2013-01-01

    Managing bowel obstruction produced by colon cancer requires an emergency intervention to patients usually in poor conditions, and it requires creating an intestinal stoma in most cases. Regardless of that the tumor may be resectable, a two-stage surgery is mandatory. To avoid these disadvantages, endoscopic placement of self-expanding stents has been introduced more than 10 years ago, as an alternative to relieve colonic obstruction. It can be used as a bridge to elective single-stage surgery avoiding a stoma or as a definitive palliative solution in patients with irresectable tumor or poor estimated survival. Stents must be capable of exerting an adequate radial pressure on the stenosed wall, keeping in mind that stent must not move or be crushed, guaranteeing an adequate lumen when affected by peristaltic waves. A finite element simulation of bell-shaped nitinol stent functionality has been done. Catheter introduction, releasing at position, and the effect of peristaltic wave were simulated. To check the reliability of the simulation, a clinical experimentation with porcine specimens was carried out. The stent presented a good deployment and flexibility. Stent behavior was excellent, expanding from the very narrow lumen corresponding to the maximum peristaltic pressure to the complete recovery of operative lumen when the pressure disappears. PMID:23841067

  19. Effects of Loading and Constraining Conditions on the Thermomechanical Fatigue Life of NiTi Shape Memory Wires

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    Scirè Mammano, G.; Dragoni, E.

    2014-07-01

    The availability of engineering strength data on shape memory alloys (SMAs) under cyclic thermal activation (thermomechanical fatigue) is central to the rational design of smart actuators based on these materials. Test results on SMAs under thermomechanical fatigue are scarce in the technical literature, and even the few data that are available are mainly limited to constant-stress loading. Since the SMA elements used within actuators are normally biased by elastic springs or by antagonist SMA elements, their stress states are far from being constant in operation. The mismatch between actual working conditions and laboratory settings leads to suboptimal designs and undermines the prediction of the actuator lifetime. This paper aims at bridging the gap between experiment and reality by completing an experimental campaign involving four fatigue test conditions, which cover most of the typical situations occurring in practice: constant stress, constant-strain, constant stress with limited maximum strain, and linear stress-strain variation with limited maximum strain. The results from the first three test settings, recovered from the previously published works, are critically reviewed and compared with the outcome of the newly performed tests under the fourth arrangement (linear stress-strain variation). General design recommendations emerging from the experimental data are put forward for engineering use.

  20. Mechanical properties of NiTi and CuNiTi shape-memory wires used in orthodontic treatment. Part 1: stress-strain tests.

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    Gravina, Marco Abdo; Brunharo, Ione Helena Vieira Portella; Canavarro, Cristiane; Elias, Carlos Nelson; Quintão, Cátia Cardoso Abdo

    2013-01-01

    This research aimed to compare, through traction tests, eight types of superelastic and heat-activated NiTi archwires, by six trade companies (GAC, TP, Ormco, Masel, Morelli and Unitek) to those with addition of copper (CuNiTi 27°C and 35°C, Ormco). The tests were performed in an EMIC mechanical testing machine, model DL10000, capacity of 10 tons, at the Military Institute of Engineering (IME). The results showed that, generally, heat-activated NiTi archwires presented slighter deactivation loadings in relation to the superelastic ones. Among the archwires that presented deactivation loadings biologically more adequate are the heat-activated by GAC and by Unitek. Among the superelastic NiTi, the CuNiTi 27°C by Ormco were the ones that presented slighter deactivation loadings, being statistically (ANOVA) similar to the ones presented by the heat-activated NiTi archwires from Unitek. When compared the CuNiTi 27°C and 35°C archwires, it was observed that the 27°C presented deactivation forces of, nearly, ⅓ of the presented by the 35°C. It was concluded that the CuNiTi 35°C archwires presented deactivation loadings biologically less favorable in relation to the other heat-activated NiTi archwires, associated to lower percentage of deformation, on the constant baselines of deactivation, showing less adequate mechanical behavior under traction, in relation to the other archwires.

  1. Comparative evaluation of shaping ability of different rotary NiTi instruments in curved canals using CBCT

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    Arora, Anshul; Taneja, Sonali; Kumar, Mohit

    2014-01-01

    Aim: The aim of this study was to compare the canal transportation, canal centering ability, and time taken for preparation of curved root canals after instrumentation with ProFile GT Series X (GTX) files, Revo-S files, twisted files, and Mtwo files by using cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT). Materials and Methods: Forty mesiobuccal canals of mandibular molars with an angle of curvature ranging from 20 to 40 were divided according to the instrument used in canal preparation into four groups of 10 samples each: GTX (group I), Revo-S (group II), twisted file (group III), and Mtwo (group IV). The teeth were instrumented according to manufacturer's guidelines, with all groups being prepared to size 30, 0.06 taper master apical file. Canals were scanned using an i-CAT CBCT scanner (Imaging Science International, Hatfield, PA, USA) before and after preparation to evaluate the transportation and centering ratio at 3 mm, 5 mm, 7 mm, 9 mm, and 11 mm from the apex. The data collected were evaluated using one-way analysis of variance (ANOVA) with Tukey's honestly significant difference (HSD) test. Results: Twisted file system showed significantly least canal transportation and highest canal centering ability values as compared to GTX, Revo-S, and Mtwo file systems. Overall, GTX, Revo-S, and Mtwo showed comparable results with respect to canal transportation and centering ability. Conclusion: The innovative method of manufacturing the TF system resulted in superior shaping ability in curved canals, with the instruments remaining more centered and producing less canal transportation than GTX, Revo-S, and Mtwo file systems. PMID:24554858

  2. Fiber phase transformation and matrix plastic flow in a room temperature tensile strained NiTi shape memory alloy fiber reinforced 6082 aluminum matrix composite

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    Armstrong, W.D.; Lorentzen, T.

    1997-05-01

    Macroscopic tensile and in-situ neutron diffraction measurements are reported from a 20.5 volume percent, 50.7 at% Ni-Ti fiber reinforced 6082-T6 aluminum matrix composite subjected to a room temperature, 4% tensile elongation. The austenite B2(110) diffraction intensity was essentially stable until approximately 0.9% strain, beyond which, the austenite B2(110) diffraction intensity strongly decreased with increasing tensile strain. The martensite M(001) diffraction intensity strongly increased from a zero intensity intercept at approximately 2.3% strain to the conclusion of tensile straining. This report concludes that the initial decrease in austenite B2(11) diffraction intensity locates the initiation of stress induced transformations in the NiTi reinforcement, furthermore this feature corresponds with an elevated yield point region in the macroscopic tensile results. Therefore, it appears that the elevated yield point region is caused by a temporary inhibition of fiber stress induced transformations.

  3. Thermo-Mechanical Response of Monolithic and NiTi Shape Memory Alloy Fiber Reinforced Sn-3.8Ag-0.7Cu Solder

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    2005-09-01

    still exist from this high thermal mismatch deformation , resulting in large solder-joint stresses and strains and causing fatigue failure. The...life, but have not shown the needed improvements in thermo-mechanical fatigue life under strain - controlled conditions, which is a primary deformation ...A NiTi fiber will deform until it consists only of the correspondence variant (crystallographic orientation) that produces maximum strain . However

  4. Damping of Selective-Laser-Melted NiTi for Medical Implants

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    de Wild, Michael; Meier, Fabian; Bormann, Therese; Howald, Chaim B. C.; Müller, Bert

    2014-07-01

    NiTi exhibits distinct damping properties associated with the martensite-austenite transformation. We fabricated net-shape NiTi parts layer-by-layer using a laser beam that locally melted the NiTi powder. The damping properties of such NiTi parts were analyzed by the decay of cantilever vibrations in comparison to conventionally prepared NiTi. The dynamic modulus as a function of the temperature was derived from the resonant frequency. We found that the two cantilevers showed a damping ratio of about 0.03 at temperatures below austenite start, maximal values of up to 0.04 in the transformation regions and low values of about 0.005 above austenite finish. The results indicate that selective-laser-melted NiTi qualifies for the fabrication of shock-absorbing medical implants in the same manner than conventionally produced NiTi.

  5. Corrosion of NiTi Wires with Cracked Oxide Layer

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    Racek, Jan; Šittner, Petr; Heller, Luděk; Pilch, Jan; Petrenec, Martin; Sedlák, Petr

    2014-07-01

    Corrosion behavior of superelastic NiTi shape memory alloy wires with cracked TiO2 surface oxide layers was investigated by electrochemical corrosion tests (Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy, Open Circuit Potential, and Potentiodynamic Polarization) on wires bent into U-shapes of various bending radii. Cracks within the oxide on the surface of the bent wires were observed by FIB-SEM and TEM methods. The density and width of the surface oxide cracks dramatically increase with decreasing bending radius. The results of electrochemical experiments consistently show that corrosion properties of NiTi wires with cracked oxide layers (static load keeps the cracks opened) are inferior compared to the corrosion properties of the straight NiTi wires covered by virgin uncracked oxides. Out of the three methods employed, the Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy seems to be the most appropriate test for the electrochemical characterization of the cracked oxide layers, since the impedance curves (Nyquist plot) of differently bent NiTi wires can be associated with increasing state of the surface cracking and since the NiTi wires are exposed to similar conditions as the surfaces of NiTi implants in human body. On the other hand, the potentiodynamic polarization test accelerates the corrosion processes and provides clear evidence that the corrosion resistance of bent superelastic NiTi wires degrades with oxide cracking.

  6. Development of an advanced electropolishing setup for multicell high gradient niobium cavities

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    Éozénou, F.; Chel, S.; Gasser, Y.; Servouin, C.; Visentin, B.; Charrier, J.-P.; Wang, Z.

    2012-08-01

    Reproducible operation at high performances of superconducting cavities is required for linear accelerators. High beta elliptical cavities are thus of concern and, to achieve required performances for such resonators, surface preparation including electropolishing is recommended. We have designed and operate a setup for electropolishing in the vertical position of multicell cavities in order to: (i) obtain high yield with large elliptical cavities for Superconducting Linac (SPL) or European Spallation Source projects; (ii) develop a reference installation demonstrating that this process is appropriate for the large scale treatment of cavities in industry. The setup described here is the first one able to electropolish vertically multicell cavities with circulating acid and high safety standards. This equipment makes it possible to use a wide range of parameters such as voltage, acid flow rate, temperature, and nitrogen injection with an R&D purpose in mind. Optimization is studied using modeling with COMSOL software for different cavities. As examples, we present some results for the 704 MHz high-beta SPL cavity and the 1300 MHz International Linear Collider cavity and show the influence of cathode shape on both acid flow and electric field distribution during the process. Importance of the size of the cavity and first results achieved on single-cell and nine-cell cavities will be discussed.

  7. Development of vertical electropolishing process applied on 1300 and 704 MHz superconducting niobium resonators

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    Eozénou, F.; Boudigou, Y.; Carbonnier, P.; Charrier, J.-P.; Gasser, Y.; Maurice, L.; Peauger, F.; Roudier, D.; Servouin, C.; Muller, K.

    2014-08-01

    An advanced setup for vertical electropolishing of superconducting radio-frequency niobium elliptical cavities has been installed at CEA Saclay. Cavities are vertically electropolished with circulating standard HF-HF-H2SO4 electrolytes. Parameters such as voltage, cathode shape, acid flow, and temperature have been investigated. A low voltage (between 6 and 10 V depending on the cavity geometry), a high acid flow (25 L /min), and a low acid temperature (20° C) are considered as promising parameters. Such a recipe has been tested on single-cell and nine-cell International Linear Collider (ILC) as well as 704 MHz five-cell Super Proton Linac (SPL) cavities. Single-cell cavities showed similar performances at 1.6 K being either vertically or horizontally electropolished. The applied baking process provides similar benefit. An asymmetric removal is observed with faster removal in the upper half-cells. Multicell cavities (nine-cell ILC and five-cell SPL cavities) exhibit a standard Q0 value at low and medium accelerating fields though limited by power losses due to field emitted electrons.

  8. The effects of plasma electrolytically oxidized NiTi on in vitro endothelialization.

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    Huan, Z; Yu, H; Li, H; Ruiter, M S; Chang, J; Apachitei, I; Duszczyk, J; de Vries, C J M; Fratila-Apachitei, L E

    2016-05-01

    The role of biomaterials surface in controlling the interfacial biological events leading to implant integration is of key importance. In this study, the effects of NiTi surfaces treated by plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO) on human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) have been investigated. The changes in NiTi surface morphology and chemistry were assessed by SEM, XPS and cross-section TEM/EDX analyzes whereas the effects of the resultant surfaces on in vitro endothelialization and cell junction proteins have been evaluated by life/dead staining, SEM, cells counting, qPCR and immunofluorescence. The findings indicated that the PEO-treated NiTi, with a microporous morphology and oxide dominated surface chemistry, supports viability and proliferation of HUVECs. Numerous thin filopodia probing the microporous surface assisted cells attachment. In addition, claudin-5 and occludin have been upregulated and expression of vascular endothelial-cadherin was not suppressed on PEO-treated NiTi relative to the reference electropolished surfaces. The results of this study suggest that novel NiTi surfaces may be developed using the PEO process, which can be of benefit to atherosclerosis treatment.

  9. Experiments on deformation behaviour of functionally graded NiTi structures.

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    Shariat, Bashir S; Meng, Qinglin; Mahmud, Abdus S; Wu, Zhigang; Bakhtiari, Reza; Zhang, Junsong; Motazedian, Fakhrodin; Yang, Hong; Rio, Gerard; Nam, Tae-Hyun; Liu, Yinong

    2017-08-01

    Functionally graded NiTi structures benefit from the combination of the smart properties of NiTi and those of functionally graded structures. This article provides experimental data for thermomechanical deformation behaviour of microstructurally graded, compositionally graded and geometrically graded NiTi alloy components, related to the research article entitled "Functionally graded shape memory alloys: design, fabrication and experimental evaluation" (Shariat et al., 2017) [1]. Stress-strain variation of microstructurally graded NiTi wires is presented at different heat treatment conditions and testing temperatures. The complex 4-way shape memory behaviour of a compositionally graded NiTi strip during one complete thermal cycle is demonstrated. The effects of geometrical design on pseudoelastic behaviour of geometrically graded NiTi plates over tensile loading cycles are presented on the stress-strain diagrams.

  10. Effect of laser treatment on the attachment and viability of mesenchymal stem cell responses on shape memory NiTi alloy.

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    Chan, C W; Hussain, I; Waugh, D G; Lawrence, J; Man, H C

    2014-09-01

    The objectives of this study were to investigate the effect of laser-induced surface features on the morphology, attachment and viability of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) at different periods of time, and to evaluate the biocompatibility of different zones: laser-melted zone (MZ), heat-affected zone (HAZ) and base metal (BM) in laser-treated NiTi alloy. The surface morphology and composition were studied by scanning electron microscope (SEM) and X-ray photoemission spectroscopy (XPS), respectively. The cell morphology was examined by SEM while the cell counting and viability measurements were done by hemocytometer and 3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide (MTT) colorimetric assay. The results indicated that the laser-induced surface features, such as surface roughening, presence of anisotropic dendritic pattern and complete surface Ni oxidation were beneficial to improve the biocompatibility of NiTi as evidenced by the highest cell attachment (4 days of culture) and viability (7 days of culture) found in the MZ. The biocompatibility of the MZ was the best, followed by the BM with the HAZ being the worst. The defective and porous oxide layer as well as the coarse grained structure might attribute to the inferior cell attachment (4 days of culture) and viability (7 days of culture) on the HAZ compared with the BM which has similar surface morphology.

  11. A mechanistic study of copper electropolishing in phosphoric acid solutions

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    Mansson, Andrew

    The microelectronics industry is using copper as the interconnect material for microchips. A study of copper electropolishing is important for the process development of a new, low downforce approach, which is being developed to replace chemical mechanical polishing (CMP) of the copper overburden. A promising technology is a combination of electropolishing with conventional CMP. Electropolishing of copper in phosphoric acid has been studied for, more than 70 years. Previous work has shown that the polishing rate, as measured by current density is directly related to the viscosity of the electrolyte. Also, the limiting species is water. In this study, a multidimensional design of experiments was performed to develop an in-depth model of copper electropolishing. Phosphoric acid was mixed with alcohols of different molecular weight and related viscosity to investigate how the solvents' properties affected polishing. The alcohols used were methanol, ethanol, isopropanol, butanol, ethylene glycol, and glycerol. The limiting current densities and electrochemical behavior of each solution was measured by potentiodynamic and potentiostatic experiments. Also, the kinematic viscosity and density were measured to determine the dynamic viscosity to investigate the relationship of current density and viscosity. Water, methanol, ethanol, and isopropanol solutions were also examined at 20°C to 60°C. Next, the relative percentage of dissociated phosphoric acid was measured by Raman spectroscopy for each polishing solution. Raman spectroscopy was also used to measure the relative dissociation of phosphoric acid inside the polishing film. Additionally, wafers were electropolished and electrochemical mechanically polished to investigate the effects of the different solvents, fluid flow, current, and potential. The results of these experiments have shown that the molecular mass and the ability of the solvent to dissociate phosphoric acid are the primary electrolyte properties that

  12. Investigation of the Effect of Magnesium on the Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of NiTi Shape Memory Alloy Prepared by Self-Propagating High-Temperature Synthesis

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    Školáková, Andrea; Novák, Pavel; Salvetr, Pavel; Moravec, Hynek; Šefl, Václav; Deduytsche, Davy; Detavernier, Christophe

    2017-07-01

    This work aims to describe the effect of magnesium on the microstructure, phase composition, amount of undesirable Ti2Ni phase, martensitic transformation, mechanical properties, and corrosion resistance of NiTi alloy. To minimize the quantity of Ti2Ni phase, we use the magnesium as an element with high affinity to oxygen, because this phase is stabilized by oxygen. Various quantities of magnesium (1, 3, and 5 wt pct) were tested. Self-propagating high-temperature synthesis (SHS) was used as a production method of the alloys. The samples prepared by SHS were pulverized by a vibrating mill, and the obtained powders were used for consolidation by means of spark plasma sintering. Results showed a significant reduction of the content of undesirable Ti2Ni phase by the addition of magnesium. Further, magnesium increased corrosion resistance and yield strength.

  13. Mechanisms of structural evolutions associated with the high current pulsed electron beam treatment of a NiTi shape memory alloy

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    Zhang, K. M.; Zou, J. X.; Grosdidier, T.; Gey, N.; Weber, S.; Yang, D. Z.; Dong, C.

    2007-01-15

    The aim of this study was to investigate, for the first time, the surface modifications associated with the use the recently developed high current pulsed electron beam technique for modifying the surface of an intermetallic NiTi alloy. Samples were treated with the same electron beam parameters but different numbers of pulses (i.e., five and ten pulses) and the present article concentrates on a detailed characterization of their texture and microstructure modifications. The observation of surface features such as craters, wavy surfaces with protrusions, chemistry modifications, and the development of specific texture components are discussed as the consequence of the combination of surface melting and evaporation mechanisms. It is also shown that in the subsurface, below the melted layer, the martensitic transformation was triggered due to the effects of the thermal stresses and shock waves propagating in the material.

  14. Safety and efficacy of the NiTi Shape Memory Compression Anastomosis Ring (CAR/ColonRing) for end-to-end compression anastomosis in anterior resection or low anterior resection.

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    Kang, Jeonghyun; Park, Min Geun; Hur, Hyuk; Min, Byung Soh; Lee, Kang Young; Kim, Nam Kyu

    2013-04-01

    Compression anastomoses may represent an improvement over traditional hand-sewn or stapled techniques. This prospective exploratory study aimed to assess the efficacy and complication rates in patients undergoing anterior resection (AR) or low anterior resection (LAR) anastomosed with a novel end-to-end compression anastomosis ring, the ColonRing. In all, 20 patients (13 male) undergoing AR or LAR were enrolled to be anastomosed using the NiTi Shape Memory End-to-End Compression Anastomosis Ring (NiTi Medical Technologies Ltd, Netanya, Israel). Demographic, intraoperative, and postoperative data were collected. Patients underwent AR (11/20) or LAR using laparoscopy (75%), robotic (10%) surgery, or an open laparotomy (15%) approach, with a median anastomotic level of 14.5 cm (range, 4-25 cm). Defunctioning loop ileostomies were formed in 6 patients for low anastomoses. Surgeons rated the ColonRing device as either easy or very easy to use. One patient developed an anastomotic leakage in the early postoperative period; there were no late postoperative complications. Mean time to passage of first flatus and commencement of oral fluids was 2.5 days and 3.2 days, respectively. Average hospital stay was 12.6 days (range, 8-23 days). Finally, the device was expelled on average 15.3 days postoperatively without difficulty. This is the first study reporting results in a significant number of LAR patients and the first reported experience from South Korea; it shows that the compression technique is surgically feasible, easy to use, and without significant complication rates. A large randomized controlled trial is warranted to investigate the benefits of the ColonRing over traditional stapling techniques.

  15. Low Temperature Creep of Hot-Extruded Near-Stoichiometric NiTi Shape Memory Alloy. Part 2; Effect of Thermal Cycling

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    Raj, S. V.; Noebe, R. D.

    2013-01-01

    This paper is the first report on the effect prior low temperature creep on the thermal cycling behavior of NiTi. The isothermal low temperature creep behavior of near-stoichiometric NiTi between 300 and 473 K was discussed in Part I. The effect of temperature cycling on its creep behavior is reported in the present paper (Part II). Temperature cycling tests were conducted between either 300 or 373 K and 473 K under a constant applied stress of either 250 or 350 MPa with hold times lasting at each temperature varying between 300 and 700 h. Each specimen was pre-crept either at 300 or at 473 K for several months under an identical applied stress as that used in the subsequent thermal cycling tests. Irrespective of the initial pre-crept microstructures, the specimens exhibited a considerable increase in strain with each thermal cycle so that the total strain continued to build-up to 15 to 20 percent after only 5 cycles. Creep strains were immeasurably small during the hold periods. It is demonstrated that the strains in the austenite and martensite are linearly correlated. Interestingly, the differential irrecoverable strain, in the material measured in either phase decreases with increasing number of cycles, similar to the well-known Manson-Coffin relation in low cycle fatigue. Both phases are shown to undergo strain hardening due to the development of residual stresses. Plots of true creep rate against absolute temperature showed distinct peaks and valleys during the cool-down and heat-up portions of the thermal cycles, respectively. Transformation temperatures determined from the creep data revealed that the austenitic start and finish temperatures were more sensitive to the pre-crept martensitic phase than to the pre-crept austenitic phase. The results are discussed in terms of a phenomenological model, where it is suggested that thermal cycling between the austenitic and martensitic phase temperatures or vice versa results in the deformation of the austenite and

  16. Porous NiTi surfaces for biomedical applications

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    Huan, Z.; Fratila-Apachitei, L. E.; Apachitei, I.; Duszczyk, J.

    2012-04-01

    In this study, the NiTi shape memory alloy was surface modified by plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO) in Na3PO4 with the aim to produce porous NiTi surfaces for biomedical applications. The oxidation was performed potentiostatically and the characteristics of the resultant surfaces were compared with those obtained in NaAlO2/NaPO2H2 under similar conditions. Surfaces with sub-micron sized pores could be produced in Na3PO4 electrolyte at 300 V. The process was accompanied by intense gas evolution and enhanced thermal effects relative to the NaAlO2/NaPO2H2 electrolyte. The EDS analyses revealed the presence of O, Ti, P, Ni, and a Ni/Ti atomic ratio of 0.4 suggesting preferential oxidation of titanium during the process and depletion of Ni from the surface. No crystalline oxide phases were detected by X-ray diffraction (XRD). By comparison, the layers formed in NaAlO2/NaPO2H2 consisted of crystalline Al2O3 and the Ni/Ti atomic ratio was 0.74. Following oxidation, the wettability and surface free energy of NiTi increased significantly. The findings of this study indicate that the PEO process shows potential for expanding the biofunctionality of NiTi.

  17. Transformation behavior of sintered porous NiTi alloys

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    Li, B.Y.; Rong, L.J.; Luo, X.H.; Li, Y.Y.

    1999-11-01

    TiH{sub 2} powder is added as a reactant and pore-forming agent to produce porous NiTi shape-memory alloys (SMAs). The transformation behavior of porous NiTi alloys is investigated because it is relevant to the engineering and medical applications of SMAs. It is found that the transformation behavior of porous NiTi alloys is different from that of cast NiTi alloys. It is demonstrated for the first time, by in situ X-ray diffraction (XRD), that there is no R-phase transformation in porous NiTi alloys, and a broadened, two-peak phenomenon observed with a differential scanning calorimeter (DSC) is not associated with R-phase transformation. The characteristic transformation temperatures of porous NiTi alloys are independent of sintering temperature, sintering time, TiH{sub 2} content, and the heating/cooling rate during thermal cycling between +123 and +423 K. Further, the latent heats of transformation are associated with the TiH{sub 2} content and the sintering conditions.

  18. Porous NiTi for bone implants: A review

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    Bansiddhi, A.; Sargeant, T.D.; Stupp, S.I.; Dunand, D.C.

    2011-01-01

    NiTi foams are unique among biocompatible porous metals because of their high recovery strain (due to the shape-memory or superelastic effects) and their low stiffness facilitating integration with bone structures. To optimize NiTi foams for bone implant applications, two key areas are under active study: synthesis of foams with optimal architectures, microstructure and mechanical properties; and tailoring of biological interactions through modifications of pore surfaces. This article reviews recent research on NiTi foams for bone replacement, focusing on three specific topics: (i) surface modifications designed to create bio-inert porous NiTi surfaces with low Ni release and corrosion, as well as bioactive surfaces to enhance and accelerate biological activity; (ii) In vitro and in vivo biocompatibility studies to confirm the long-term safety of porous NiTi implants; and (iii) biological evaluations for specific applications, such as in intervertebral fusion devices and bone tissue scaffolds. Possible future directions for bio-performance and processing studies are discussed that could lead to optimized porous NiTi implants. PMID:18348912

  19. Porous NiTi for bone implants: a review.

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    Bansiddhi, A; Sargeant, T D; Stupp, S I; Dunand, D C

    2008-07-01

    NiTi foams are unique among biocompatible porous metals because of their high recovery strain (due to the shape-memory or superelastic effects) and their low stiffness facilitating integration with bone structures. To optimize NiTi foams for bone implant applications, two key areas are under active study: synthesis of foams with optimal architectures, microstructure and mechanical properties; and tailoring of biological interactions through modifications of pore surfaces. This article reviews recent research on NiTi foams for bone replacement, focusing on three specific topics: (i) surface modifications designed to create bio-inert porous NiTi surfaces with low Ni release and corrosion, as well as bioactive surfaces to enhance and accelerate biological activity; (ii) in vitro and in vivo biocompatibility studies to confirm the long-term safety of porous NiTi implants; and (iii) biological evaluations for specific applications, such as in intervertebral fusion devices and bone tissue scaffolds. Possible future directions for bio-performance and processing studies are discussed that could lead to optimized porous NiTi implants.

  20. NiTi superelasticity via atomistic simulations

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    Chowdhury, Piyas; Ren, Guowu; Sehitoglu, Huseyin

    2015-12-01

    The NiTi shape memory alloys (SMAs) are promising candidates for the next-generation multifunctional materials. These materials are superelastic i.e. they can fully recover their original shape even after fairly large inelastic deformations once the mechanical forces are removed. The superelasticity reportedly stems from atomic scale crystal transformations. However, very few computer simulations have emerged, elucidating the transformation mechanisms at the discrete lattice level, which underlie the extraordinary strain recoverability. Here, we conduct breakthrough molecular dynamics modelling on the superelastic behaviour of the NiTi single crystals, and unravel the atomistic genesis thereof. The deformation recovery is clearly traced to the reversible transformation between austenite and martensite crystals through simulations. We examine the mechanistic origin of the tension-compression asymmetries and the effects of pressure/temperature/strain rate variation isolatedly. Hence, this work essentially brings a new dimension to probing the NiTi performance based on the mesoscale physics under more complicated thermo-mechanical loading scenarios.

  1. Extreme diffusion limited electropolishing of niobium radiofrequency cavities

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    Crawford, Anthony C.

    2017-03-01

    A deeply modulated, regular, continuous, oscillating current waveform is reliably and repeatably achieved during electropolishing of niobium single-cell elliptical radiofrequency cavities. Details of the technique and cavity test results are reported here. The method is applicable for cavity frequencies in the range 500 MHz to 3.9 GHz and can be extended to multicell structures.

  2. Extreme diffusion limited electropolishing of niobium radiofrequency cavities

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    Crawford, Anthony C.

    2017-01-04

    In this study, a deeply modulated, regular, continuous, oscillating current waveform is reliably and repeatably achieved during electropolishing of niobium single-cell elliptical radiofrequency cavities. Details of the technique and cavity test results are reported here. The method is applicable for cavity frequencies in the range 500 MHz to 3.9 GHz and can be extended to multicell structures.

  3. Microstructure, mechanical properties and superelasticity of biomedical porous NiTi alloy prepared by microwave sintering.

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    Xu, J L; Bao, L Z; Liu, A H; Jin, X J; Tong, Y X; Luo, J M; Zhong, Z C; Zheng, Y F

    2015-01-01

    Porous NiTi alloys were prepared by microwave sintering using ammonium hydrogen carbonate (NH4HCO3) as the space holder agent to adjust the porosity in the range of 22-62%. The effects of porosities on the microstructure, hardness, compressive strength, bending strength, elastic modulus, phase transformation temperature and superelasticity of the porous NiTi alloys were investigated. The results showed that the porosities and average pore sizes of the porous NiTi alloys increased with increasing the contents of NH4HCO3. The porous NiTi alloys consisted of nearly single NiTi phase, with a very small amount of two secondary phases (Ni3Ti, NiTi2) when the porosities are lower than 50%. The amount of Ni3Ti and NiTi2 phases increased with further increasing of the porosity proportion. The porosities had few effects on the phase transformation temperatures of the porous NiTi alloys. By increasing the porosities, all of the hardness, compressive strength, elastic modulus, bending strength and superelasticity of the porous NiTi alloys decreased. However, the compressive strength and bending strength were higher or close to those of natural bone and the elastic modulus was close to the natural bone. The superelastic recovery strain of the trained porous NiTi alloys could reach between 3.1 and 4.7% at the pre-strain of 5%, even if the porosity was up to 62%. Moreover, partial shape memory effect was observed for all porosity levels under the experiment conditions. Therefore, the microwave sintered porous NiTi alloys could be a promising candidate for bone implant. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  4. Reactive Ni/Ti nanolaminates

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    Adams, D. P.; Bai, M. M.; Rodriguez, M. A.; McDonald, J. P.; Jones, E. Jr.; Brewer, L.; Moore, J. J.

    2009-11-01

    Nickel/titanium nanolaminates fabricated by sputter deposition exhibited rapid, high-temperature synthesis. When heated locally, self-sustained reactions were produced in freestanding Ni/Ti multilayer foils characterized by average propagation speeds between approx0.1 and 1.4 m/s. The speed of a propagating reaction front was affected by total foil thickness and bilayer thickness (layer periodicity). In contrast to previous work with compacted Ni-Ti powders, no preheating of Ni/Ti foils was required to maintain self-propagating reactions. High-temperature synthesis was also stimulated by rapid global heating demonstrating low ignition temperatures (T{sub ig})approx300-400 deg. C for nanolaminates. Ignition temperature was influenced by bilayer thickness with more coarse laminate designs exhibiting increased T{sub ig}. Foils reacted in a vacuum apparatus developed either as single-phase B2 cubic NiTi (austenite) or as a mixed-phase structure that was composed of monoclinic B19{sup '} NiTi (martensite), hexagonal NiTi{sub 2}, and B2 NiTi. Single-phase, cubic B2 NiTi generally formed when the initial bilayer thickness was made small.

  5. Method and apparatus for spatially uniform electropolishing and electrolytic etching

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    Mayer, Steven T.; Contolini, Robert J.; Bernhardt, Anthony F.

    1992-01-01

    In an electropolishing or electrolytic etching apparatus the anode is separated from the cathode to prevent bubble transport to the anode and to produce a uniform current distribution at the anode by means of a solid nonconducting anode-cathode barrier. The anode extends into the top of the barrier and the cathode is outside the barrier. A virtual cathode hole formed in the bottom of the barrier below the level of the cathode permits current flow while preventing bubble transport. The anode is rotatable and oriented horizontally facing down. An extended anode is formed by mounting the workpiece in a holder which extends the electropolishing or etching area beyond the edge of the workpiece to reduce edge effects at the workpiece. A reference electrode controls cell voltage. Endpoint detection and current shut-off stop polishing. Spatially uniform polishing or etching can be rapidly performed.

  6. Method and apparatus for spatially uniform electropolishing and electrolytic etching

    DOEpatents

    Mayer, S.T.; Contolini, R.J.; Bernhardt, A.F.

    1992-03-17

    In an electropolishing or electrolytic etching apparatus the anode is separated from the cathode to prevent bubble transport to the anode and to produce a uniform current distribution at the anode by means of a solid nonconducting anode-cathode barrier. The anode extends into the top of the barrier and the cathode is outside the barrier. A virtual cathode hole formed in the bottom of the barrier below the level of the cathode permits current flow while preventing bubble transport. The anode is rotatable and oriented horizontally facing down. An extended anode is formed by mounting the workpiece in a holder which extends the electropolishing or etching area beyond the edge of the workpiece to reduce edge effects at the workpiece. A reference electrode controls cell voltage. Endpoint detection and current shut-off stop polishing. Spatially uniform polishing or etching can be rapidly performed. 6 figs.

  7. Improved Performance of JLab 7-Cell Cavities by Electropolishing

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    Charles Reece, Rongli Geng, Anthony Crawford

    2009-05-01

    The great majority of experience in niobium SRF cavity processing at Jefferson Lab is with BCP etching. This has been used on CEBAF cavities and others totalling over 600 in number. With improved process quality control, field emission is now largely controlled and other factors limit performance. All of the prototype cavities developed for the 12 GeV upgrade, although meeting minimum requirements, have demonstrated a Q-drop in the 17?23 MV/m range that is not remedied by 120 C bake. Most of these cavities received >250 micron removal by BCP etch. Two of these cavities have been electropolished using the protocol under development within ILC R&D activities. The first such cavity was transformed from Q = 3×109 at 17 MV/m to quench from 1×1010 at 35 MV/m. The details of this and subsequent electropolished JLab 7-cell cavities will be reported.

  8. In vitro thermomechanical ageing of Ni-Ti alloys.

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    Gil, F J; Planell, J A

    1998-01-01

    NiTi alloy is used as a biomaterial due to its pseudoelastic behaviour. It exhibits a great potential in dental and orthopedic applications where constant correcting loads are required. In order to use such materials, it is necessary to investigate the effect of the cyclic straining upon the transformation stresses and temperatures of the material, the effect of thermal cycling and the ageing at different temperatures and times of heat treatment. The aim of this work is to study the load and thermal cycling and the ageing with the temperature of a superelastic NiTi shape memory alloy.

  9. Experimentally validated thermal model of thin film NiTi

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    Favelukis, Jenna E.; Lavine, Adrienne S.; Carman, Gregory P.

    1999-06-01

    The primary focus of this work is to develop a new analytical approach for thermal modeling of Nickel Titanium (NiTi) shape memory alloy membranes undergoing both phase transformation and large deflections. This paper describes a thermal model of a NiTi plate or thin film, including all the modes of heat loss and latent heat dissipation during the phase transformation. This model is used to predict the NiTi temperature during cooling. The results are compared with experiments conducted on a NiTi plate and thin film (3 micrometers thick), and very good agreement is found. The thermal model is also used to predict the temperature response of a bubble actuator proposed for use in a forced flow environment. Using a 3 mm diameter, 3 micrometers thickness bubble under forced airflow conditions it is possible to achieve a frequency response faster than 300 Hz. Additional calculations were made to verify the structural stability of the actuator system. Predictions indicated that for specific geometries a pressure of at least 35 kPa can be supported by the NiTi membrane. Deflections of a bubble actuator are shown to be on the order of 10% of its diameter while the strain remains below 4%.

  10. Phase transformation of NiTi alloys during vacuum sintering

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    Wang, Jun; Hu, Kuang

    2017-05-01

    The aim of this study is to ascertain the Phase transformation of NiTi alloys during vacuum sintering. NiTi shape memory alloys (SMA) of atomic ratio 1:1 were prepared through press forming and vacuum sintering with the mixture of Ni and Ti powders. Different samples were prepared by changing the sintering time and the sintering temperature. Phase and porosity of the samples were investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscope (SEM). The results show that in the process of sintering NiTi2 and Ni3Ti phases are formed firstly and then transform into NiTi phase. The quantity of NiTi2 and Ni3Ti phases gradually decreased but not eliminate completely with increase of sintering time. The porosity of specimen sintering at 900°C decreases slightly with increase of sintering time. With increase of sintering time the porosity of specimen sintering at 1050°C decreased firstly and then increased because of generation rich titanium liquid in the process of sintering.

  11. 60NiTi Alloy for Tribological and Biomedical Surface Engineering Applications

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    Ingole, Sudeep

    2013-06-01

    60NiTi is an alloy with 60 wt% of nickel (Ni) and 40 wt% of titanium (Ti). This alloy was developed in the 1950s at the Naval Ordnance Laboratory (NOL) along with 55NiTi (55 wt% of Ni and 45 wt% of Ti). Both of these alloys exhibit the shape memory effect to different extents. The unique properties of 60NiTi, which are suitable for surface engineering (tribological) applications, are enumerated here. With appropriate heat treatment, this alloy can achieve high hardness (between Rc 55 and Rc 63). It has very good corrosion resistance and is resilient. Machinable before its final heat treatment, this alloy can be ground to fine surface finish and to tight dimensions. At one time, due to the popularity and wider applications of 55NiTi, the study of 60NiTi suffered. Recently, 60NiTi alloy gained some technological advantages due to advanced materials synthesis processes and progress in surface engineering. A feasibility study of 60NiTi bearings for space application has shown promise for its further development and suitability for other tribological applications. This report focuses on an overview of the properties and potential tribological and biomedical applications of 60NiTi.

  12. The phase state of NiTi implant material affects osteoclastic attachment.

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    Muhonen, V; Heikkinen, R; Danilov, A; Jämsä, T; Ilvesaro, J; Tuukkanen, J

    2005-12-01

    In the present work, the responses of mature osteoclasts cultured on austenite and martensite phases of NiTi shape memory implant material were studied. We used the sensitivity of osteoclasts to the underlying substrate and actin ring formation as an indicator of the adequacy of the implant surface. The results showed osteoclasts with actin ring on both NiTi phases. However, significantly more osteoclasts were present on the austenitic NiTi than on the martensitic NiTi. We also analyzed the surface free energy of the samples but found no significant difference between austenite and martensite phases. The results revealed that osteoclasts tolerated well the austenite phase of NiTi. The chemically identical martensitic NiTi was not as well tolerated by osteoclasts (e.g., indicated by diminished actin ring formation). This leads to the conclusion that certain physical properties specific to the martensitic NiTi have an adverse effect to the surviving of osteoclasts on this NiTi phase. These results confirm that mature, authentic osteoclasts can act as cell probes in experiments concerning aspects of biocompatibility of bone implant materials.

  13. Analysis of the influence of electrolyte on surface finish in electropolished stainless steel

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    Hernando, M.; Núñez, P. J.; García, E.; Trujillo, R.

    2012-04-01

    Electropolishing is a surface finishing process of metals and alloys that enhances brilliant surface finishes with low surface roughness values. The most widely used electrolytes for the electropolishing of stainless steel are varying concentrations of phosphoric and sulphuric acid, and occasionally additives such as chromic acid. The objective of this study was to assess the performance of three commonly used industrial electrolytes in terms of the surface finish of electropolished stainless steel AISI 316L. Each electrolyte had varying sulphuric-phosphoric acid combinations with or without chromic acid. The following electropolishing conditions were assessed: current density, bath temperature, electropolishing time, and initial surface texture. The results revealed that adding chromic acid to the electrolyte did not significantly enhance surface finish, and electropolishing ranges were quite similar for all three electrolytes.

  14. The Effects of Ni-Ti Hand Files, Ni-Ti Engine Files, and K-Flex Files on Root Canal Morphology

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1992-09-30

    of pulp tissue, debris, and irritants is necessary for healing and the proper shaping of the canal is an important factor in achieving a dense. leak...2) and Mizrahi (3) have ř shown that no instrumentation technique is totally effective in removing pulp tissue. debris, and canal irregularities...the first ni-ti root canal files that were machined from orthodontic wire. The ni-ti files were found to have two to three times more elastic

  15. Design and fabrication of a novel XYθz monolithic micro-positioning stage driven by NiTi shape-memory-alloy actuators

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    AbuZaiter, Alaa; Faris Hikmat, Omer; Nafea, Marwan; Ali, Mohamed Sultan Mohamed

    2016-10-01

    This paper reports a new shape-memory-alloy (SMA) micro-positioning stage. The device has been monolithically micro-machined with a single fabrication step. The design comprises a moving stage that is manipulated by six SMA planar springs actuators to generate movements with three degrees of freedom. The overall design is square in shape and has dimensions of 12 mm × 12 mm × 0.25 mm. Localized thermomechanical training for shape setting of SMA planar springs was performed using electrical current induced heating at restrained condition to individually train each of the six actuators to memorize a predetermined shape. For actuation, each SMA actuator is individually driven using Joule heating induced by an electrical current. The current flow is controlled by an external pulse-width modulation signal. The thermal response and heat distribution were simulated and experimentally verified using infrared imaging. The micro-positioning results indicated maximum stage movements of 1.2 and 1.6 mm along the x- and y-directions, respectively. Rotational movements were also demonstrated with a total range of 20°. The developed micro-positioning device has been successfully used to move a small object for microscopic scanning applications.

  16. Ni-Ti SMA-reinforced Al composites

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    Porter, G. A.; Liaw, P. K.; Tiegs, T. N.; Wu, K. H.

    2000-10-01

    A shape-memory alloy, nickel-titanium, has been distributed throughout an aluminum matrix, using powder-metallurgy processing, in the hope of using the shape-memory effect to achieve strengthening and improve the fatigue resistance, as compared to the aluminum matrix. The shape-memory effect was activated by cold rolling the samples at -30°C. Upon reheating to the austenite phase, the Ni-Ti was expected to return to its original shape while embedded in the aluminum matrix. It is thought that this action created residual, internal stresses around each particle, which strengthened the material. The yield and ultimate strengths, and the fatigue lives of the Ni-Ti reinforced aluminum composites, have been improved considerably, as compared to the unreinforced material. The cross-sectional microstructures of the composites, as well as the modes of crack growth, have been examined with a scanning electron microscope (SEM) to identify fatigue and fracture mechanisms.

  17. Enhanced endothelial cell density on NiTi surfaces with sub-micron to nanometer roughness.

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    Samaroo, Harry D; Lu, Jing; Webster, Thomas J

    2008-01-01

    The shape memory effect and superelastic properties of NiTi (or Nitinol, a nickel-titanium alloy) have already attracted much attention for various biomedical applications (such as vascular stents, orthodontic wires, orthopedic implants, etc). However, for vascular stents, conventional approaches have required coating NiTi with anti-thrombogenic or antiinflammatory drug-eluting polymers which as of late have proven problematic for healing atherosclerotic blood vessels. Instead of focusing on the use of drug-eluting anti-thrombogenic or anti-inflammatory proteins, this study focused on promoting the formation of a natural antithrombogenic and anti-inflammatory surface on metallic stents: the endothelium. In this study, we synthesized various NiTi substrates with different micron to nanometer surface roughness by using dissimilar dimensions of constituent NiTi powder. Endothelial cell adhesion on these compacts was compared with conventional commercially pure (cp) titanium (Ti) samples. The results after 5 hrs showed that endothelial cells adhered much better on fine grain (< 60 microm) compared with coarse grain NiTi compacts (< 100 microm). Coarse grain NiTi compacts and conventional Ti promoted similar levels of endothelial cell adhesion. In addition, cells proliferated more after 5 days on NiTi with greater sub-micron and nanoscale surface roughness compared with coarse grain NiTi. In this manner, this study emphasized the positive pole that NiTi with sub-micron to nanometer surface features can play in promoting a natural anti-thrombogenic and anti-inflammatory surface (the endothelium) on a vascular stent and, thus, suggests that more studies should be conducted on NiTi with sub-micron to nanometer surface features.

  18. Enhanced endothelial cell density on NiTi surfaces with sub-micron to nanometer roughness

    PubMed Central

    Samaroo, Harry D; Lu, Jing; Webster, Thomas J

    2008-01-01

    The shape memory effect and superelastic properties of NiTi (or Nitinol, a nickel-titanium alloy) have already attracted much attention for various biomedical applications (such as vascular stents, orthodontic wires, orthopedic implants, etc). However, for vascular stents, conventional approaches have required coating NiTi with anti-thrombogenic or anti-inflammatory drug-eluting polymers which as of late have proven problematic for healing atherosclerotic blood vessels. Instead of focusing on the use of drug-eluting anti-thrombogenic or anti-inflammatory proteins, this study focused on promoting the formation of a natural anti-thrombogenic and anti-inflammatory surface on metallic stents: the endothelium. In this study, we synthesized various NiTi substrates with different micron to nanometer surface roughness by using dissimilar dimensions of constituent NiTi powder. Endothelial cell adhesion on these compacts was compared with conventional commercially pure (cp) titanium (Ti) samples. The results after 5 hrs showed that endothelial cells adhered much better on fine grain (<60 μm) compared with coarse grain NiTi compacts (<100 μm). Coarse grain NiTi compacts and conventional Ti promoted similar levels of endothelial cell adhesion. In addition, cells proliferated more after 5 days on NiTi with greater sub-micron and nanoscale surface roughness compared with coarse grain NiTi. In this manner, this study emphasized the positive pole that NiTi with sub-micron to nanometer surface features can play in promoting a natural anti-thrombogenic and anti-inflammatory surface (the endothelium) on a vascular stent and, thus, suggests that more studies should be conducted on NiTi with sub-micron to nanometer surface features. PMID:18488418

  19. A Source Manual for Information on NITINOL and NiTi

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1978-02-13

    NSWC/WOL TR 78-26/ A SOURCE MANUAL FOR INFORMATION ON <z NITINOL AND NiTi BY DAVID GOLDSTEIN RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY DEPARTMENT 13 FEBRUARY 1978 C...Conthinua owevess, side it necessary and identity by bWeck ammmber) NITINOL Nickel-Titanium Alloys NiTi Shape Memory Effect Heat Engines W0. A WRACT...Conshnue an reverse Wde Ifftoeseat and Identify by Weoek nmmer) This manual is a current listing of most of the published literature on NITINOL and NiTi

  20. A Study of Thermo-mechanically Processed High Stiffness NiTiCo Shape Memory Alloy

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    Manjeri, R. M.; Norwich, D.; Sczerzenie, F.; Huang, X.; Long, M.; Ehrlinspiel, M.

    2016-03-01

    This work investigates a vacuum induction melted-vacuum arc re-melted (VIM-VAR) and thermo-mechanically processed ternary NiTiCo shape memory alloy. The NiTiCo ingot was hot processed to 6.35-mm-diameter coiled wire. The coiled wire was subsequently cold drawn to a final wire diameter of 0.53 mm, with interpass anneals. The wires were shape set at 450 °C for 3.5 min. After electropolishing, the wires were subjected to microstructural, thermal, and mechanical characterization studies. Microstructural analysis was performed by transmission electron microscope (TEM), thermal analyses by differential scanning calorimeter (DSC), and bend-free recovery and mechanical testing by uniaxial tensile testing. TEM did not reveal Ni-rich precipitates—either at the grain boundary or in the grain interior. Energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy showed a uniform distribution of Ni, Ti, and Co in the sample. The DSC results on the shape set wire showed a single-step transformation between the austenite and the R-phase, in the forward and reverse directions. Cyclic tensile tests of the shape set wire, processed under optimum conditions, showed minimum residual strain and a stable upper plateau stress. Further, the fatigue behavior of NiTi and NiTiCo alloys was studied by rotating beam testing. The results showed that the fatigue properties of NiTiCo, under zero mean strain, are equivalent to that of binary NiTi in the high-cycle and medium-cycle regimes, taking into account the higher stiffness of NiTiCo. The above analyses helped in establishing the processing-structure-property correlation in a VIM-VAR-melted NiTiCo shape memory alloy.

  1. Comparative study on microstructure and martensitic transformation of aged Ni-rich NiTi and NiTiCo shape memory alloys

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    El-Bagoury, Nader

    2016-05-01

    In this article the influence of aging heat treatment conditions of 250, 350, 450 and 550 °C for 3 h on the microstructure, martensitic transformation temperatures and mechanical properties of Ni51Ti49Co0 and Ni47 Ti49Co4 shape memory alloys was investigated. This comparative study was carried out using X-ray diffraction analysis, scanning electron microscope, energy dispersive spectrometer, differential scanning calorimeter and Vickers hardness tester. The results show that the microstructure of both aged alloys contains martensite phase and Ti2Ni in addition to some other precipitates. The martensitic transformation temperature was increased steadily by increasing the ageing temperature and lowering the value of valence electron number (ev/a) and concentration. Moreover, the hardness measurements were gradually increased at first by increasing the aging temperature from 250 to 350 °C. Further elevating in aging temperature to 450 and 550 °C decreases the hardness value.

  2. Treatment of spent electropolishing solution for removal of cobalt-60

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    Taylor, P.A.; Youngblood, E.L.; Macon, R.J.

    1996-02-01

    The Irradiated Materials Examination and Testing (IMET) Facility at Oak Ridge National Laboratory electropolishes various types of irradiated metal specimens prior to examination of metallurgical and mechanical properties. The standard electropolishing solution used at IMET for most specimens consists of a 7:1 methanol/sulfuric acid mixture, with smaller amounts of a 3:1 methanol/nitric acid solution and a 10:6:1 methanol/2-butoxyethanol/perchloric acid solution also being used. Cobalt-60 is the primary source of gamma radiation in the spent solutions, with lesser amounts from manganese-54 and iron-59. A treatment method is needed to remove most of the Co-60 from these solutions to allow the waste solutions to be contact-handled for disposal. A wide range of adsorbents was tested for removing cobalt from the electropolishing solutions. No adsorbent was found that would treat full strength solution, but a complexing ion exchange resin (Chelex 100, BioRad Labs, or Amberlite IRC-718, Rohm and Haas Co.) will remove cobalt and other heavy metals from partially neutralized (pH=3) solution. A 5 wt% sodium hydroxide solution is used for pH adjustment, since more concentrated caustic caused sodium sulfate precipitates to form. Lab-scale column tests have shown that about 10 bed volumes of methanol/sulfuric acid solution, 30 bed volumes of methanol/nitric acid solution or 15 bed volumes of methanol/2-butoxyethanol/perchloric acid solution can be treated prior to initial Co-60 breakthrough.

  3. Research and development for electropolishing of Nb for ILC accelerator cavities

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    Kelley, Michael J.

    2009-09-21

    The objectives of this project are to 1, Expand the scientific and technological understanding of the effect of post-treatment (electropolish, buffered chemical polish, low-temperature baking) on the surface of niobium; 2, Relate the knowledge to the performance of niobium superconducting radiofrequency accelerator cavities; and, 3, Thereby design and demonstrate an electropolish process that can be applied to complete cavities.

  4. Three-dimensional deformation response of a NiTi shape memory helical-coil actuator during thermomechanical cycling: experimentally validated numerical model

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    Dhakal, B.; Nicholson, D. E.; Saleeb, A. F.; Padula, S. A., II; Vaidyanathan, R.

    2016-09-01

    Shape memory alloy (SMA) actuators often operate under a complex state of stress for an extended number of thermomechanical cycles in many aerospace and engineering applications. Hence, it becomes important to account for multi-axial stress states and deformation characteristics (which evolve with thermomechanical cycling) when calibrating any SMA model for implementation in large-scale simulation of actuators. To this end, the present work is focused on the experimental validation of an SMA model calibrated for the transient and cyclic evolutionary behavior of shape memory Ni49.9Ti50.1, for the actuation of axially loaded helical-coil springs. The approach requires both experimental and computational aspects to appropriately assess the thermomechanical response of these multi-dimensional structures. As such, an instrumented and controlled experimental setup was assembled to obtain temperature, torque, degree of twist and extension, while controlling end constraints during heating and cooling of an SMA spring under a constant externally applied axial load. The computational component assesses the capabilities of a general, multi-axial, SMA material-modeling framework, calibrated for Ni49.9Ti50.1 with regard to its usefulness in the simulation of SMA helical-coil spring actuators. Axial extension, being the primary response, was examined on an axially-loaded spring with multiple active coils. Two different conditions of end boundary constraint were investigated in both the numerical simulations as well as the validation experiments: Case (1) where the loading end is restrained against twist (and the resulting torque measured as the secondary response) and Case (2) where the loading end is free to twist (and the degree of twist measured as the secondary response). The present study focuses on the transient and evolutionary response associated with the initial isothermal loading and the subsequent thermal cycles under applied constant axial load. The experimental

  5. Effects of Ni content on the shape memory properties and microstructure of Ni-rich NiTi-20Hf alloys

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    Saghaian, S. M.; Karaca, H. E.; Tobe, H.; Pons, J.; Santamarta, R.; Chumlyakov, Y. I.; Noebe, R. D.

    2016-09-01

    Shape memory properties and microstructure of four Ni-rich NiTiHf alloys (Ni50.3Ti29.7Hf20, Ni50.7Ti29.3Hf20, Ni51.2Ti28.8Hf20, and Ni52Ti28Hf20 (at.%)) were systematically characterized in the furnace cooled condition. H-phase precipitates were formed during furnace cooling in compositions with greater than 50.3Ni and the driving force for nucleation increased with Ni content. Alloy strength increased while recoverable strain decreased with increasing Ni content due to changes in precipitate characteristics. When the precipitates were small (˜5-15 nm), they were readily absorbed by martensite plates, which resulted in maximum recoverable strain of 2% in Ni50.7Ti29.3Hf20. With increasing Ni content, the size (>100 nm) and volume fraction of precipitates increased and the growth of martensite plates was constrained between the precipitates when the Ni concentration was greater than 50.7 at.%. Near perfect dimensional stability with negligible irrecoverable strain was observed at stress levels as high as 2 GPa in the Ni52Ti28Hf20 alloy, though the recoverable strain was rather small. In general, strong local stress fields were created at precipitate/matrix interphases, which lead to high stored elastic energy during the martensitic transformation.

  6. Simultaneous probing of phase transformations in Ni-Ti thin film shape memory alloy by synchrotron radiation-based X-ray diffraction and electrical resistivity

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    Braz Fernandes, F.M.; Silva, R.J.C.

    2013-02-15

    Nickel–Titanium (Ni–Ti) thin film shape memory alloys (SMAs) have been widely projected as novel materials which can be utilized in microdevices. Characterization of their physical properties and its correlation with phase transformations has been a challenging issue. In the present study, X-ray beam diffraction has been utilized to obtain the structural information at different temperatures while cooling. Simultaneously, electrical resistivity (ER) was measured in the phase transformation temperature range. The variation of ER and integral area of the individual diffraction peaks of the different phases as a function of temperature have been compared. A mismatch between the conventional interpretation of ER variation and the results of the XRD data has been clearly identified. - Highlights: ► Phase transformation characterization of Ni–Ti thin film SMA has been carried out. ► Simultaneous monitoring of the XRD and ER with temperature is performed. ► The variation of ER and integral area of the diffraction peaks have been compared. ► A shift of the transformation temperatures obtained by two techniques is discussed.

  7. Simulations of Self-Expanding Braided Stent Using Macroscopic Model of NiTi Shape Memory Alloys Covering R-Phase

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    Frost, M.; Sedlák, P.; Kruisová, A.; Landa, M.

    2014-07-01

    Self-expanding stents or stentgrafts made from Nitinol superelastic alloy are widely used for a less invasive treatment of disease-induced localized flow constriction in the cardiovascular system. The therapy is based on insertion of a stent into a blood vessel to maintain the inner diameter of the vessel; it provides highly effective results at minimal cost and with reduced hospital stays. However, since stent is an external mechanical healing tool implemented into human body for quite a long time, information on the mechanical performance of it is of fundamental importance with respect to patient's safety and comfort. Advantageously, computational structural analysis can provide valuable information on the response of the product in an environment where in vivo experimentation is extremely expensive or impossible. With this motivation, a numerical model of a particular braided self-expanding stent was developed. As a reasonable approximation substantially reducing computational demands, the stent was considered to be composed of a set of helical springs with specific constrains reflecting geometry of the structure. An advanced constitutive model for NiTi-based shape memory alloys including R-phase transition was employed in analysis. Comparison to measurements shows a very good match between the numerical solution and experimental results. Relation between diameter of the stent and uniform radial pressure on its surface is estimated. Information about internal phase and stress state of the material during compression loading provided by the model is used to estimate fatigue properties of the stent during cyclic loading.

  8. Microstructural Characterization of Diffusion Bonds Assisted by Ni/Ti Nanolayers

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    Simões, Sónia; Viana, Filomena; Sofia Ramos, A.; Teresa Vieira, M.; Vieira, Manuel F.

    2016-08-01

    The microstructure of similar and dissimilar diffusion bonds of metallic materials using reactive Ni/Ti interlayers was studied in this investigation. The base material surfaces were modified by sputter deposition of alternated Ni and Ti nanolayers. These nanolayers increase the diffusivity at the interface, enhancing the bonding process. Bonding experiments were performed at 800 °C under a pressure of 10 MPa with a bonding time of 60 min. The reaction zone was characterized by high-resolution scanning and transmission electron microscopies. Microstructural characterization reveals that similar (NiTi to NiTi and TiAl to TiAl) and dissimilar (NiTi to Ti6Al4V and TiAl to stainless steel) joints can be obtained successfully with Ni/Ti reactive nanolayers. The interfaces are thin (<10 µm) and their microstructure (thickness and number of zones, size and shape of the grains) depends on the elements diffusing from the base materials. For all joints, the interface is mainly composed of equiaxed grains of NiTi and NiTi2.

  9. Tensile deformation of NiTi wires.

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    Gall, Ken; Tyber, Jeff; Brice, Valerie; Frick, Carl P; Maier, Hans J; Morgan, Neil

    2005-12-15

    We examine the structure and properties of cold drawn Ti-50.1 at % Ni and Ti-50.9 at % Ni shape memory alloy wires. Wires with both compositions possess a strong <111> fiber texture in the wire drawing direction, a grain size on the order of micrometers, and a high dislocation density. The more Ni rich wires contain fine second phase precipitates, while the wires with lower Ni content are relatively free of precipitates. The wire stress-strain response depends strongly on composition through operant deformation mechanisms, and cannot be explained based solely on measured differences in the transformation temperatures. We provide fundamental connections between the material structure, deformation mechanisms, and resulting stress-strain responses. The results help clarify some inconsistencies and common misconceptions in the literature. Ramifications on materials selection and design for emerging biomedical applications of NiTi shape memory alloys are discussed.

  10. Early surgical outcomes of NiTi endoluminal compression anastomotic clip (NiTi CAC 30) use in patients with gastrointestinal malignancy.

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    Kim, Hyoung Ran; Lee, Woo Yong; Jung, Kyung Uk; Yun, Hae-Ran; Cho, Yong Beom; Yun, Seong Hyeon; Kim, Hee Cheol; Chun, Ho-Kyung

    2012-06-01

    The NiTi endoluminal Compression Anastomotic Clip (CAC™) 30 (NiTi CAC 30) (NiTi Alloys Technologies, Ltd., Netanya, Israel) is a new device with shape-memory characteristics. We aimed to investigate the safety and early surgical outcomes of NiTi CAC 30 for intestinal anastomosis in patients with gastrointestinal malignancy. Fifty patients operated on with NiTi CAC 30 were matched for sex, age, body mass index, operation type (open versus laparoscopy), operation name, and anastomosis type with patients in a control group operated on with a stapling device between November 2009 and May 2010. Early clinical outcomes were investigated. One misfired case of NiTi CAC 30 was excluded. Between the two groups, no significant differences were observed in demographics except for previous abdominal operation history. The results of early clinical outcomes were investigated, including operation time, estimated blood loss, time to first flatus, first defecation, and discharge, and complications. No differences were noted. Postoperatively, migration started in 1 patient between 3 and 5 days, 11 patients between 6 to 7 days, and 37 patients after 8 days. The expulsion of 31 cases occurred between 2 and 3 weeks, postoperatively. The NiTi CAC 30 was expulsed within 1 week in 4 patients and between 1 to 2 weeks in 8 patients. An expulsion occurred in 1 case at over 4 weeks. No problems related to early migration and expulsion were observed, and no anastomotic leakage and bleeding occurred. Intestinal anastomosis with the NiTi CAC 30 was safe and feasible without anastomotic leakage and reoperation compared with the stapling technique.

  11. Study of the structure and interface of NiTi SMA/FC composite films prepared by the sol-gel method

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    Liu, Q.S. Liu, Y.F.; Ma, X.; Han, X.

    2008-02-15

    Ferroelectric ceramic (FC) films were prepared on a NiTi shape memory alloy (NiTi SMA) substrate by the sol-gel method. The effect of the heat treatment temperature on the crystallization of both the NiTi SMA and ferroelectric ceramic is discussed. The heterostructure of the interface was characterized by scanning electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction. The results indicate that aging reactions in the NiTi SMA substrate were restricted by the presence of the ceramic film. Also, the transitional TiO{sub 2} layer produced in-situ by the oxidation of the surface of the NiTi SMA substrate improves the adhesion between the ceramic film and NiTi SMA.

  12. Performance of NiTi endodontic instrument under different temperatures.

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    Jamleh, Ahmed; Yahata, Yoshio; Ebihara, Arata; Atmeh, Amre R; Bakhsh, Turki; Suda, Hideaki

    2016-09-01

    The purpose of this study was to test nickel titanium (NiTi) instrument performance under different surrounding temperatures. Twenty-four superelastic NiTi instruments with a conical shape comprising a 0.30-mm-diameter tip and 0.06 taper were equally divided into 3 groups according to the temperature employed. Using a specially designed cyclic fatigue testing apparatus, each instrument was deflected to give a curvature 10 mm in radius and a 30° angle. This position was kept as the instrument was immersed in a continuous flow of water under a temperature of 10, 37, or 50 °C for 20 s to calculate the deflecting load (DL). In the same position, the instrument was then allowed to rotate at 300 rpm to fracture, and the working time was converted to the number of cycles to fracture (NCF). The statistical significance was set at p = 0.05. The mean DL (in N) and NCF (in cycles) of the groups at 10, 37, and 50 °C were 10.16 ± 1.36 and 135.50 ± 31.48, 13.50 ± 0.92 and 89.20 ± 16.44, and 14.70 ± 1.21 and 65.50 ± 15.90, respectively. The group at 10 °C had significantly the lowest DL that favorably resulted in the highest NCF. Within the limitations of this study, the surrounding temperature influences the cyclic fatigue resistance and DL of the superelastic NiTi instruments. Lower temperatures are found to favorably decrease the DL and extend the lifetime of the superelastic NiTi instrument. Further NiTi instrument failure studies should be performed under simulated body temperature.

  13. Influence of electropolishing and anodic oxidation on morphology, chemical composition and corrosion resistance of niobium.

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    Sowa, Maciej; Greń, Katarzyna; Kukharenko, Andrey I; Korotin, Danila M; Michalska, Joanna; Szyk-Warszyńska, Lilianna; Mosiałek, Michał; Zak, Jerzy; Pamuła, Elżbieta; Kurmaev, Ernst Z; Cholakh, Seif O; Simka, Wojciech

    2014-09-01

    The work presents results of the studies performed on electropolishing of pure niobium in a bath that contained: sulphuric acid, hydrofluoric acid, ethylene glycol and acetanilide. After the electropolishing, the specimens were subjected to anodic passivation in a 1moldm(-3) phosphoric acid solution at various voltages. The surface morphology, thickness, roughness and chemical composition of the resulting oxide layers were analysed. Thusly prepared niobium samples were additionally investigated in terms of their corrosion resistance in Ringer's solution. The electropolished niobium surface was determined to be smooth and lustrous. The anodisation led to the growth of barrier-like oxide layers, which were enriched in phosphorus species.

  14. Highly smooth Nb surfaces fabricated by buffered electropolishing

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    Andy T. Wu; John Mammossor; H. Phillips; Jean Delayen; Charles Reece; Amy Wilkerson; David Smith; Robert Ike

    2005-05-01

    It is demonstrated that highly smooth Nb surfaces can be obtained through Buffered ElectroPolishing (BEP) employing an electrolyte consisting of lactic, sulfuric, and hydrofluoric acids. Parameters that control the polishing process are optimized to achieve the smoothest surface finish with the help of surface observations using a scanning electron microscope and a Metallographic Optical Microscope (MOM). The polishing rate of BEP is determined to be 0.646 {micro}m/min that is much higher than 0.381 {micro}m/min achieved by the conventional ElectroPolishing (EP) process widely used in the Superconducting Radio Frequency (SRF) community. A high precision and large scan area 3-D profilometer is used to view morphology of the treated Nb surfaces. Statistical data, such as, rms, total indicator runout, and arithmetic mean deviation of the Nb surfaces are extracted from the profilometer images. It is found that Nb surfaces treated by BEP are an order of magnitude smoother than those treated by the optimized EP process. The chemical composition of the Nb surfaces after BEP is analyzed by static and dynamic Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometer (SIMS) systems. Cracking patterns of the Nb surfaces under different primary ion sources of Ga{sup +}, Au{sup +}, and Ar{sup +} are reported. The depth profile of the surface niobium oxides is studied through continuously monitoring niobium and its relevant oxides' peaks as a function of time. Dynamic SIMS results imply that the surface oxide structure of Nb may be more complicated than what usually believed and can be inhomogeneous. Preliminary results of BEP on Nb SRF single cell cavities and half-cells are reported. It is shown that smooth and bright surfaces can be obtained in 30 minutes when the electric field inside a SRF cavity is uniform during a BEP process. This study reveals that BEP is a highly promising technique for surface treatment on Nb SRF cavities to be used in particle accelerators.

  15. Creation of wear-resistant near-surface-layers with inhomogeneous structure on NiTi alloy by ion implantation technology

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    Swiatek, Z.; Levintant-Zayonts, N.; Michalec, M.; Czeppe, T.; Lipinski, M.; Bonchyk, O.; Savitskij, G.

    In the present study we report the changes in the modified near-surface layer on NiTi shape memory alloy, caused by ion implantation as well as their influence on the structure and mechanical properties of this material. Experimental results of an inhomogeneous structure and tribological properties of implanted NiTi are discussed in this paper.

  16. Removal of long-lived 222Rn daughters by electropolishing thin layers of stainless steel

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    Schnee, R. W.; Bowles, M. A.; Bunker, R.; McCabe, K.; White, J.; Cushman, P.; Pepin, M.; Guiseppe, V. E.

    2013-08-01

    Long-lived alpha and beta emitters in the 222Rn decay chain on detector surfaces may be the limiting background in many experiments attempting to detect dark matter or neutrinoless double beta decay. Removal of tens of microns of material via electropolishing has been shown to be effective at removing radon daughters implanted into material surfaces. Some applications, however, require the removal of uniform and significantly smaller thicknesses. Here, we demonstrate that electropolishing < 1 μm from stainless-steel plates reduces the contamination efficiently, by a factor > 100. Examination of electropolished wires with a scanning electron microscope confirms that the thickness removed is reproducible and reasonably uniform. Together, these tests demonstrate the effectiveness of removal of radon daughters for a proposed low-radiation, multi-wire proportional chamber (the BetaCage), without compromising the screener's energy resolution. More generally, electropolishing thin layers of stainless steel may effectively remove radon daughters without compromising precision-machined parts.

  17. Method for Fabricating Miniaturized NiTi Self-Expandable Thin Film Devices with Increased Radiopacity

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    Bechtold, Christoph; Lima de Miranda, Rodrigo; Chluba, Christoph; Zamponi, Christiane; Quandt, Eckhard

    2016-12-01

    Nitinol is the material of choice for many medical applications, in particular for minimally invasive implants due to its superelasticity and biocompatibility. However, NiTi has limited radiopacity which complicates positioning in the body. A common strategy to increase the radiopacity of NiTi devices is the addition of radiopaque markers by micro-riveting or micro-welding. The recent trend of miniaturizing medical devices, however, reduces their radiopacity further, and makes the addition of radiopaque markers to these miniaturized devices difficult. NiTi thin film technology has great potential to overcome such limitations and to fabricate new generations of miniaturized, self-expandable NiTi medical devices with additional functionalities, such as structured multilayer devices with increased radiopacity. For this purpose, we have produced superelastic thin film NiTi samples covered locally with Tantalum structures of different thickness and different shape. These multilayer devices were characterized regarding their mechanical and corrosion properties as well as their X-ray visibility. The superelastic behavior of the underlying NiTi layer is impeded by the Ta layer, and shows therefore a dependence on the Tantalum patterning geometry and thickness. No delamination was observed after mechanical and corrosion tests. The multilayers reveal excellent corrosion resistance, as well as a significant increase in radiopacity.

  18. Vibration characteristics of Ni-Ti pseudo-elastic wire inter-weaved fabric composites

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    Xu, Lei; Wang, Rui; Yang, Qiuhong; Dong, Li

    2009-07-01

    This paper presents a study on the vibration characteristics of Ni-Ti wire inter-weaved glass fabric/epoxy composites. The Ni-Ti pseudo-elastic wires were used as warp yarns and embedded in the fabric preforms with various weaving methods. Dynamic Mechanical Analyzer (DMA) and vibration test technique were used to reveal the dynamical behaviors of specimens in different frequencies of vibration. The storage modulus E', the loss tanδ, the natural frequency f and damping ratio η were examined. The energy dissipation behaviors of the Ni-Ti pseudo-elastic wire, the geometry of textile fabric was also studied. The effect of weaving method on the vibration behavior in Shape Memory Alloy (SMA) based textile composites was considered. The results showed that: (I) the energy dissipation capacity of the wire could be significantly improved by increasing the tensile strain and speed, but slightly affected by loading frequency; (II) the woven of few Ni-Ti warps caused the increase of the storage modulus and the change of the loss tanδ. In the buckling vibration, the damping effects of Ni-Ti pseudo-elastic wires vary with the woven structures. The compact woven structure with proper Ni-Ti warp architectures would receive a small amplitude and good damping.

  19. Wear Behavior of Niti Thin Film at Micro-Scale

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    Ng, K. L.; Sun, Q. P.; Tomozawa, M.; Miyazak, S.

    This paper reports experimental study on the hardness and wear behavior of NiTi Thin Film Shape Memory Alloy (SMA) at micrometer scales. A triboindenter (Hysitron Inc., Minneapolis, USA) was used to conduct a series of indentations under various loads (the corresponding maximum indentation depth from 18.52nm to 333.53nm) and wear by scanning scratch method at temperatures from 25°C to 120°C. It was found that with increasing temperature, the hardness of NiTi thin film increased while its wear resistance decreased. The observed anomalous variation of wear resistance with hardness value is further analyzed by the interplay of phase transition and plasticity.

  20. The tribocorrosion behaviour of NiTi alloy

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    Kosec, Tadeja; Močnik, Petra; Legat, Andraž

    2014-01-01

    In biomedical applications, NiTi alloys are used mainly because of their favourable shape memory and superelastic properties. However, in many applications the tribocorrosion properties of these alloys can be of critical concern. For this reason the electrochemical and tribocorrosion properties of superelastic NiTi sheet and orthodontic archwire were studied, taking into account their microstructures and the effect of different surface finishes. In the case of the electrochemical tests, samples were tested in artificial saliva, whereas in the tribocorrosion tests the experiments were performed in ambient air, distilled water, and artificial saliva, the latter as a corrosive medium. In these tests, the total wear rate of the alloy samples was determined, together with the corresponding chemical and tribological contributions. It was confirmed that the microstructure of the investigated alloys had a significant effect on the measured electrochemical and tribocorrosion properties.

  1. Tailoring Selective Laser Melting Process Parameters for NiTi Implants

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    Bormann, Therese; Schumacher, Ralf; Müller, Bert; Mertmann, Matthias; de Wild, Michael

    2012-12-01

    Complex-shaped NiTi constructions become more and more essential for biomedical applications especially for dental or cranio-maxillofacial implants. The additive manufacturing method of selective laser melting allows realizing complex-shaped elements with predefined porosity and three-dimensional micro-architecture directly out of the design data. We demonstrate that the intentional modification of the applied energy during the SLM-process allows tailoring the transformation temperatures of NiTi entities within the entire construction. Differential scanning calorimetry, x-ray diffraction, and metallographic analysis were employed for the thermal and structural characterizations. In particular, the phase transformation temperatures, the related crystallographic phases, and the formed microstructures of SLM constructions were determined for a series of SLM-processing parameters. The SLM-NiTi exhibits pseudoelastic behavior. In this manner, the properties of NiTi implants can be tailored to build smart implants with pre-defined micro-architecture and advanced performance.

  2. A coupled model between hydrogen diffusion and mechanical behavior of superelastic NiTi alloys

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    Elkhal Letaief, W.; Hassine, T.; Gamaoun, F.

    2017-07-01

    The undesirable effects of hydrogen show significant alterations to the thermomechanical behavior of superelastic NiTi shape memory alloys. Through experimental results, the presence of hydrogen induces a delay of forward transformation. Added to that, hydrogen-induced expansion is clearly noticed. We also remark a loss of superelasticity. These effects occur according to the hydrogen absorption by the NiTi alloy. The aim of this paper is to develop a coupled diffusion-mechanical model of shape memory alloys, which regards the aforesaid effects of hydrogen on the thermomechanical behavior and the transformation mechanism of NiTi alloys. The model is derived from the relationship between the chemical potential of hydrogen and the thermodynamics laws. Furthermore, we introduce a special transformation hardening function that predicts stress-strain behavior well during the transformation plateau. The model is implemented in ABAQUS finite element analysis software through the UMAT and UMATHT subroutines. The simulation results present good concordance with the experiments.

  3. Investigation of differential surface removal due to electropolishing at JLab

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    Marhauser, Frank; Folkie, James; Reece, Charles

    2015-09-01

    Surface chemistry carried out for Superconducting Radio Frequency (SRF) cavities such as Buffered Chemical Polishing (BCP) and Electropolishing (EP) aims to uniformly remove the internal surface of a cavity along the entire structure and within each cell from equator to iris in order to obtain an equally etched surface. A uniform removal, however, is not readily achievable due to the complex fluid flow and varying temperatures of the acid mixture, which can lead to differential etching. This needs to be considered when envisaging a certain surface damage removal throughout the interior. The process-specific differential etching influences the target frequency set at the manufacturing stage as well as the field flatness and length of the as-built cavity. We report on analyses of JLab's present EP system using experimental data for six nine-cell cavities that have been processed recently in the frame of the LCLS-II high-Q development plan. In conjunction with numerical simulations, the differential etching and the impact on field flatness is assessed.

  4. Effects of Solution and Aging Treatments on Corrosion Resistance of As-cast 60NiTi Alloy

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    Qin, Qiuhui; Wen, Yuhua; Wang, Gaixia; Zhang, Lanhui

    2016-12-01

    60NiTi alloy has become a competitive candidate for bearing applications due to its shape memory effect, superelasticity, high strength, hardness, excellent abrasion resistance and corrosion resistance, etc. However, the relationship between its corrosion resistance and heat treatment is not clearly understood. Therefore, we used OM, XRD, SEM and EDS to study the evolution of microstructure in as-cast, solution-treated and aged 60NiTi alloy. Besides, the potentiodynamic polarization and salt spray test were used to compare corrosion resistance of 60NiTi alloy and 316 stainless steel and to study the effect of microstructures on corrosion resistance of 60NiTi alloy. The results show that the corrosion resistance of as-cast 60NiTi alloy is comparable to that of 316 stainless steel, but the corrosion resistance of solution-treated and aged 60NiTi alloys is much superior. The significantly reduced Ni3Ti phase after the solution and aging treatments is responsible for the remarkable improvement in the corrosion resistance of as-cast 60NiTi alloy.

  5. Structure characterization and wear performance of NiTi thermal sprayed coatings

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    Cinca, N.; Isalgué, A.; Fernández, J.; Guilemany, J. M.

    2010-08-01

    NiTi shape memory alloy (SMA) has been studied for many years for its shape memory and pseudoelastic properties, as well as its biocompatibility, which make it suitable for many biomedical applications. However, SMA NiTi is also interesting for relevant wear resistance near the transition temperature which, along with its high oxidation and corrosion resistance, suggests its use as a coating to increase the lifetime of some components. Also, whereas bulk material properties have been characterized in respect of the nominal composition, manufacturing methods and thermo-mechanical treatments, NiTi overlays have been investigated much less. Most existent works in this field specifically deal with magnetron sputtering technology for thin films and its use in micro-devices (micro-electro-mechanical systems, MEMS), just some works refer to vacuum plasma spraying (VPS) for thicker coatings. The present paper explores and compares the microstructure and wear-related properties of coatings obtained from atomized NiTi powders, by VPS as well as by atmospheric plasma spraying (APS) and high velocity oxygen fuel (HVOF) techniques. In the present case, the wear behaviour of the NiTi deposits has been studied by rubber-wheel equipment and ball-on-disk tests. The results obtained at room temperature show that the APS-quenched coatings exhibit a preferential dry sliding wear mechanism, while the VPS and HVOF coatings show an abrasive mechanism.

  6. Numerical Study on the Influence of Material Characteristics on Ni-Ti Endodontic Instrument Performance

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    Petrini, Lorenza; Necchi, Silvia; Taschieri, Silvio; Migliavacca, Francesco

    2009-08-01

    Ni-Ti rotary endodontic instruments ( files) are used in dentistry during the endodontic treatment to shape the root canal of the tooth while removing the pulp when infected. Up to now, the studies for evaluating their performances and drawbacks were mainly limited to experimental tests on product flexural and torsional resistance. This work exploits computational analyses for investigating the effects of materials with different mechanical properties on the behavior of rotary endodontic instruments. The aim is to understand the appropriate material choice to reduce the criticality of the treatment in particular clinical conditions. In particular, the interaction between an accurately modeled rotating file and differently shaped root canals during the clinical procedure was studied performing finite element analyses. Strains induced by the treatment on a file made of a “standard” Ni-Ti alloy (characterized by average properties of the pseudoelastic behavior), a “long” Ni-Ti alloy (characterized by wide transformation region), a “super” Ni-Ti alloy (characterized by an extended Hookian behavior without transformation region), and stainless steel were compared. The results accurately show the advantages of the use of Ni-Ti alloy with respect to stainless steel and the better performance of the “long” alloy in all the tested case.

  7. The influence of electropolishing on the corrosion resistance of 316L stainless steel.

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    Sutow, E J

    1980-09-01

    A study was conducted which examined the influence of electropolishing on the corrosion resistance of a cold rolled 316L stainless steel. Test specimens were surface prepared to a final mechanical finish of wetted 600 grit SiC paper, prior to electropolishing. An o-H3PO4/Glycerol/H2O electropolishing solution was employed for times of 15, 20, and 25 min. Control specimens were surface prepared only to the final mechanical finish. Anodic polarization tests were performed in a deaerated Ringer's solution (37 degrees C) which was acidified to pH 1, with HCl. The electropolished specimens demonstrated increased corrosion resistance, when compared to the control specimens. This was evidenced for the former by more anodic corrosion and breakdown potentials, and the absence of a dissolution peak which was observed for the control specimens at the initial polarization potentials. Surface hardness measurements indicated that this increase in corrosion resistance was produced, in part, by the removal of the cold worked surface layer produced by the mechanical finish. In terms of increasing corrosion resistance, no optimum electropolishing time was found within the 15-25 min treatment period.

  8. Growth of large single-crystalline two-dimensional boron nitride hexagons on electropolished copper.

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    Tay, Roland Yingjie; Griep, Mark H; Mallick, Govind; Tsang, Siu Hon; Singh, Ram Sevak; Tumlin, Travis; Teo, Edwin Hang Tong; Karna, Shashi P

    2014-02-12

    Hexagonal-boron nitride (h-BN) or "white graphene" has many outstanding properties including high thermal conductivity, high mechanical strength, chemical inertness, and high electrical resistance, which open up a wide range of applications such as thermal interface material, protective coatings, and dielectric in nanoelectronics that easily exceed the current advertised benefits pertaining to the graphene-based applications. The development of h-BN films using chemical vapor deposition (CVD) has thus far led into nucleation of triangular or asymmetric diamond shapes on different metallic surfaces. Additionally, the average size of the triangular domains has remained relatively small (∼ 0.5 μm(2)) leading to a large number of grain boundaries and defects. While the morphology of Cu surfaces for CVD-grown graphene may have impacts on the nucleation density, domain sizes, thickness, and uniformity, the effects of the decreased roughness of Cu surface to develop h-BN films are unknown. Here, we report the growth and characterization of novel large area h-BN hexagons using highly electropolished Cu substrate under atmospheric pressure CVD conditions. We found that the nucleation density of h-BN is significantly reduced while domain sizes increase. In this study, the largest hexagonal-shape h-BN domain observed is 35 μm(2), which is an order of magnitude larger than a typical triangular domain. As the domains coalesce to form a continuous film, the larger grain size offers a more pristine and smoother film with lesser grain boundaries induced defects.

  9. Tungsten inert gas (TIG) welding of Ni-rich NiTi plates: functional behavior

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    Oliveira, J. P.; Barbosa, D.; Braz Fernandes, F. M.; Miranda, R. M.

    2016-03-01

    It is often reported that, to successfully join NiTi shape memory alloys, fusion-based processes with reduced thermal affected regions (as in laser welding) are required. This paper describes an experimental study performed on the tungsten inert gas (TIG) welding of 1.5 mm thick plates of Ni-rich NiTi. The functional behavior of the joints was assessed. The superelasticity was analyzed by cycling tests at maximum imposed strains of 4, 8 and 12% and for a total of 600 cycles, without rupture. The superelastic plateau was observed, in the stress-strain curves, 30 MPa below that of the base material. Shape-memory effect was evidenced by bending tests with full recovery of the initial shape of the welded joints. In parallel, uniaxial tensile tests of the joints showed a tensile strength of 700 MPa and an elongation to rupture of 20%. The elongation is the highest reported for fusion-welding of NiTi, including laser welding. These results can be of great interest for the wide-spread inclusion of NiTi in complex shaped components requiring welding, since TIG is not an expensive process and is simple to operate and implement in industrial environments.

  10. Micromachining NiTi tubes for use in medical devices by using a femtosecond laser

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    Hung, Chia-Hung; Chang, Fuh-Yu; Chang, Tien-Li; Chang, Yu-Ting; Huang, Kai-Wen; Liang, Po-Chin

    2015-03-01

    Recent growth in medical device technology has been substantially driven by developments in laser micromachining, which is a powerful fabrication technique in which nickel-titanium (Nitinol, NiTi) alloy materials that exhibit superelastic and shape memory properties are formed (e.g., self-expanding stents). In this study a NiTi tube curve surface process is proposed, involving a femtosecond laser process and a galvano-mirror scanner. The diameter of the NiTi tube was 5.116 mm, its thickness was 0.234 mm, and its length was 100 mm. The results indicated that during the machine process the ablation mechanism of the NiTi tubes was changed by altering the machining path. The path alteration enhanced the laser ablation rate from 12.3 to 26.7 μm/J. Thus the path alteration contributed to a wide kerf line, enabling the assisted air to efficiently remove the debris deposited at the bottom of the kerf during the laser ablation process. The results indicated that the NiTi tube curve process enhanced the laser ablation rate by two times and reduced the amount of energy accumulated within the materials by 50% or more. By altering the machining path using the scanning system, this process can decrease the production of heat affected zones (the accumulation of thermal energy) in medical device applications.

  11. Localized corrosion behaviour in simulated human body fluids of commercial Ni-Ti orthodontic wires.

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    Rondelli, G; Vicentini, B

    1999-04-01

    The corrosion performances in simulated human body fluids of commercial equiatomic Ni-Ti orthodontic wires having various shape and size and produced by different manufacturers were evaluated; for comparison purposes wires made of stainless steel and of cobalt-based alloy were also examined. Potentiodynamic tests in artificial saliva at 40 degrees C indicated a sufficient pitting resistance for the Ni-Ti wires, similar to that of cobalt-based alloy wire; the stainless steel wire, instead, exhibited low pitting potential. Potentiodynamic tests at 40 degrees C in isotonic saline solution (0.9% NaCl) showed, for Ni-Ti and stainless steel wires, pitting potential values in the range approximately 200-400 mV and approximately 350 mV versus SCE, respectively: consequently, according to literature data (Hoar TP, Mears DC. Proc Roy Soc A 1996;294:486-510), these materials should be considered potentially susceptible to pitting; only the cobalt-based alloy should be immune from pitting. The localized corrosion potentials determined in the same environment by the ASTM F746 test (approximately 0-200 mV and 130 mV versus SCE for Ni-Ti and stainless steel, respectively) pointed out that for these materials an even higher risk of localized corrosion. Slight differences in localized corrosion behaviour among the various Ni-Ti wires were detected.

  12. Radiation Hardening of Ni-Ti Alloy Under Implantation of Inert Gases Heavy Ions

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    Poltavtseva, V.; Larionov, A.; Satpaev, D.; Gyngazova, M.

    2016-02-01

    The consistent patterns of changes in nano- and micro-hardness of Ni-Ti alloy with the shape memory effect after implantation of 40Ar8+ and 84Kr15+ ions depending on phase composition and implantation parameters have been experimentally studied. It has been shown that softening by 4 and 14% near the surface of the two-phase Ni-Ti alloy after implantation of 40Ar8+ and 84Kr15+ ions is connected with the differences in the nanostructure. Hardening of the near-surface layer of this alloy maximum by 118% at h = ∼3 pm and single-phase alloy in the entire region of the 40Ar8+ and 84Kr15+ ions range and in the out-range (h > Rp) area have been detected. The role of the current intensity of the ions beam in the change of nanohardness for the two-phase Ni-Ti alloy has been established.

  13. Free-standing NiTi alloy nanowires fabricated by nanoskiving.

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    Hou, Huilong; Hamilton, Reginald F

    2015-08-28

    We report on free-standing NiTi alloy nanowires (120 nm × 75 nm) fabricated using a technique referred to as "nanoskiving", which complements conventional thin film sputter deposition with ultramicrotomy for thin sectioning. To date, the technique has been limited to pure metals without exploring metallic alloys. Leveraging the technique for the fabrication of shape memory alloy (SMA) nanostructures meets two critical requirements: compositional control (via film deposition) and controlled dimensions (via film deposition and programmable sectioning). Microstructure and composition analysis confirm continuity of the produced nanowires and Ni and Ti elemental uniformity. Free-standing NiTi nanowires are robust and remain intact throughout physical manipulation. The fabrication of NiTi alloy nanowires by nanoskiving will advance fundamental characterization of small scale SMA behavior.

  14. A fitting empirical potential for NiTi alloy and its application

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    Ren, Guowu; Tang, Tiegang; Sehitoglu, Huseyin

    Due to its superelastic behavior, NiTi shape memory alloy receives considerable attentions over a wide range of industrial and commercial applications. Limited to its complex structural transformation and multiple variants, semiempirical potentials for performing large-scale molecular dynamics simulations to investigate the atomistic mechanical process, are very few. In this work, we construct a new interatomic potential for the NiTi alloy by fitting to experimental or ab initio data. The fitting potential correctly predicts the lattice parameter, structural stability, equation of state for cubic B2(austenite) and monoclinic B19'(martensite) phases. In particular the elastic properties(three elastic constants for B2 and thirteen ones for B19') are in satisfactory agreement with the experiments or ab initio calculations. Furthermore, we apply this potential to conduct the molecular dynamics simulations of the mechanical behavior for NiTi alloy and the results capture its reversible transformation.

  15. The gradient structure of the NiTi surface layers subjected to tantalum ion beam alloying

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    Girsova, S. L.; Poletika, T. M.; Meisner, L. L.; Schmidt, E. Yu

    2017-05-01

    The NiTi shape memory alloy has been modified by ion implantation with Ta to improve the surface and biological properties. The elemental and phase composition and structure of the surface and near-surface layers of NiTi specimens after the Ta ion implantation with the fluency D = 3 × 1017 cm-2 and D = 6 × 1017 cm-2 are examined. The methods of Auger electron spectroscopy (AES), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and electron dispersion analysis (EDS) are used. It is found that a nonuniform distribution of elements along the depth of the surface layer after the ion implantation of NiTi specimens, regardless of the regime, is accompanied by the formation of a number of sublayer structures.

  16. Stable atomic structure of NiTi austenite

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    Zarkevich, Nikolai A; Johnson, Duane D

    2014-08-01

    Nitinol (NiTi), the most widely used shape-memory alloy, exhibits an austenite phase that has yet to be identified. The usually assumed austenitic structure is cubic B2, which has imaginary phonon modes, hence it is unstable. We suggest a stable austenitic structure that “on average” has B2 symmetry (observed by x-ray and neutron diffraction), but it exhibits finite atomic displacements from the ideal B2 sites. The proposed structure has a phonon spectrum that agrees with that from neutron scattering, has diffraction spectra in agreement with x-ray diffraction, and has an energy relative to the ground state that agrees with calorimetry data.

  17. Stable atomic structure of NiTi austenite

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    Zarkevich, Nikolai A.; Johnson, Duane D.

    2014-08-01

    Nitinol (NiTi), the most widely used shape-memory alloy, exhibits an austenite phase that has yet to be identified. The usually assumed austenitic structure is cubic B2, which has imaginary phonon modes, hence it is unstable. We suggest a stable austenitic structure that "on average" has B2 symmetry (observed by x-ray and neutron diffraction), but it exhibits finite atomic displacements from the ideal B2 sites. The proposed structure has a phonon spectrum that agrees with that from neutron scattering, has diffraction spectra in agreement with x-ray diffraction, and has an energy relative to the ground state that agrees with calorimetry data.

  18. Multi-technique surface charaterization of oxide films on electropolished and anodically oxidized titanium

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    Lausmaa, Jukka; Kasemo, Bengt; Mattsson, Håkan; Odelius, Hans

    1990-11-01

    The widespread use of pure Ti in biomedical applications and in basic biomaterials research has led to an increasing interest in the properties of its surface oxides, and how they can be modified. In this work, which was part of a broad surface characterization of oxide films on pure Ti and Ti-6A1-4V, the chemical composition of anodic oxide films formed on pure Ti during electropolishing and anodic oxidation was investigated using multi-technique surface analysis (XPS, AES/SAM, SIMS, RBS and NRA). XPS and AES Ti line shapes show that the oxide formed is mainly TiO 2, but the chemical composition can be modified by anion adsorption and/or incorporation when H 2SO 4 or H 3PO 4 electrolytes are used. Modification of the anodic oxide film composition also occurs during sterilization; increased Ca and H levels are observed by SIMS and NRA after autoclaving. AES and XPS depth profiles, together with RBS measurements, show that the oxide thickness depends linearly on the anodizing potential in the range 5-80 V, with a growth constant α m≈ 1.1 × 10 16 oxygen atoms/V⋯ cm 2. The present results are compared with parallel studies of the composition and microstructure of thermal and anodic oxides on pure Ti and Ti-6A1-4V. The demonstrated systematic variation of oxide properties opens up the possibility to study the influence of specific surface properties on the biological response to Ti materials.

  19. Modeling, Simulation, Additive Manufacturing, and Experimental Evaluation of Solid and Porous NiTi

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    Taheri Andani, Mohsen

    In recent years, shape memory alloys (SMAs) have entered a wide range of engineering applications in fields such as aerospace and medical applications. Nickel-titanium (NiTi) is the most commonly used SMAs due to its excellent functional characteristics (shape memory effect and superelasticity behavior). These properties are based on a solid-solid phase transformation between martensite and austenite. Beside these two characteristics, low stiffness, biocompatibility and corrosion properties of NiTi make it an attractive candidate for biomedical applications (e.g., bone plates, bone screws, and vascular stents). It is well know that manufacturing and processing of NiTi is very challenging. The functional properties of NiTi are significantly affected by the impurity level and due to the high titanium content, NiTi are highly reactive. Therefore, high temperature processed parts through methods such as melting and casting which result in increased impurity levels have inadequate structural and functional properties. Furthermore, high ductility and elasticity of NiTi, adhesion, work hardening and spring back effects make machining quite challenging. These unfavorable effects for machining cause significant tool wear along with decreasing the quality of work piece. Recently, additive manufacturing (AM) has gained significant attention for manufacturing NiTi. Since AM can create a part directly from CAD data, it is predicted that AM can overcome most of the manufacturing difficulties. This technique provides the possibility of fabricating highly complex parts, which cannot be processed by any other methods. Curved holes, designed porosity, and lattice like structures are some examples of mentioned complex parts. This work investigates manufacturing superelastic NiTi by selective laser melting (SLM) technique (using PXM by Phenix/3D Systems). An extended experimental study is conducted on the effect of subsequent heat treatments with different aging conditions on phase

  20. Removal of long-lived {sup 222}Rn daughters by electropolishing thin layers of stainless steel

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    Schnee, R. W.; Bowles, M. A.; Bunker, R.; McCabe, K.; White, J.; Cushman, P.; Pepin, M.; Guiseppe, V. E.

    2013-08-08

    Long-lived alpha and beta emitters in the {sup 222}Rn decay chain on detector surfaces may be the limiting background in many experiments attempting to detect dark matter or neutrinoless double beta decay. Removal of tens of microns of material via electropolishing has been shown to be effective at removing radon daughters implanted into material surfaces. Some applications, however, require the removal of uniform and significantly smaller thicknesses. Here, we demonstrate that electropolishing < 1 μm from stainless-steel plates reduces the contamination efficiently, by a factor > 100. Examination of electropolished wires with a scanning electron microscope confirms that the thickness removed is reproducible and reasonably uniform. Together, these tests demonstrate the effectiveness of removal of radon daughters for a proposed low-radiation, multi-wire proportional chamber (the BetaCage), without compromising the screener’s energy resolution. More generally, electropolishing thin layers of stainless steel may effectively remove radon daughters without compromising precision-machined parts.

  1. Precipitation and surface adsorption of metal complexes during electropolishing. Theory and characterization with X-ray nanotomography and surface tension isotherms.

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    Nave, Maryana I; Chen-Wiegart, Yu-chen Karen; Wang, Jun; Kornev, Konstantin G

    2015-09-21

    Electropolishing of metals often leads to supersaturation conditions resulting in precipitation of complex compounds. The solubility diagrams and Gibbs adsorption isotherms of the electropolishing products are thus very important to understand the thermodynamic mechanism of precipitation of reaction products. Electropolishing of tungsten wires in aqueous solutions of potassium hydroxide is used as an example illustrating the different thermodynamic scenarios of electropolishing. Electropolishing products are able to form highly viscous films immiscible with the surrounding electrolyte or porous shells adhered to the wire surface. Using X-ray nanotomography, we discovered a gel-like phase formed at the tungsten surface during electropolishing. The results of these studies suggest that the electropolishing products can form a rich library of compounds. The surface tension of the electrolyte depends on the metal oxide ions and alkali-metal complexes.

  2. NiTi Alloys for Tribological Applications: The Role of In-Situ Nanotechnology

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    Dellacorte, Christopher

    2016-01-01

    Beginning in 2004, NASA initiated the investigation and development of, Nitinol 60, a nickel-rich and dimensionally stable version of shape memory alloy Nitinol 55, as an alternative to bearing steel. Early investigations showed it to be hard and impervious to aqueous corrosion but the fundamental reasons for these properties were unknown. Shape memory alloys made from equiatomic Ni-Ti are widely known for their unique dimensional instability behavior that can be triggered by thermal and mechanical stress. The nickel-rich alloys exhibit no such dimension change property and have high hardness but have largely been overlooked by industry and the engineering community. Though steel is the dominant material of choice for mechanical components (bearings and gears) it has intrinsic limitations related to corrosion and plastic deformation. In contrast, Ni-Ti alloys are intrinsically rustproof and can withstand high contact loads without damage (denting). Over the last decade, focused RD to exploit these alloys for new applications has revealed that in-situ nano-scale phases that form during processing are largely responsible for NiTis remarkable properties. In this presentation, the state-of-art of nickel-rich NiTi alloys will be introduced and the nanotechnology behind their intriguing behavior will be addressed. The presentation will include discussion of how NASA is adopting this new technology inside the space station water recycling system as a pathfinder for more down-to-earth tribological challenges.

  3. Transmission Kikuchi diffraction and transmission electron forescatter imaging of electropolished and FIB manufactured TEM specimens

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    Zieliński, W. Płociński, T.; Kurzydłowski, K.J.

    2015-06-15

    We present a study of the efficiency of the utility of scanning electron microscope (SEM)-based transmission methods for characterizing grain structure in thinned bulk metals. Foils of type 316 stainless steel were prepared by two methods commonly used for transmission electron microscopy — double-jet electropolishing and focused ion beam milling. A customized holder allowed positioning of the foils in a configuration appropriate for both transmission electron forward scatter diffraction, and for transmission imaging by the use of a forescatter detector with two diodes. We found that both crystallographic orientation maps and dark-field transmitted images could be obtained for specimens prepared by either method. However, for both methods, preparation-induced artifacts may affect the quality or accuracy of transmission SEM data, especially those acquired by the use of transmission Kikuchi diffraction. Generally, the quality of orientation data was better for specimens prepared by electropolishing, due to the absence of ion-induced damage. - Highlights: • The transmission imaging and diffraction techniques are emerging in scanning electron microscopy (SEM) as promising new field of materials characterization. • The manuscript titled: “Transmission Kikuchi Diffraction and Transmission Electron Forescatter Imaging of Electropolished and FIB Manufactured TEM Specimens” documents how different specimen thinning procedures can effect efficiency of transmission Kikuchi diffraction and transmission electron forescatter imaging. • The abilities to make precision crystallographic orientation maps and dark-field images in transmission was studied on electropolished versus focus ion beam manufactured TEM specimens. • Depending on the need, electropolished and focused ion beam technique may produce suitable specimens for transmission imaging and diffraction in SEM.

  4. Cleaning Effectiveness of Three NiTi Rotary Instruments: A Focus on Biomaterial Properties.

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    Poggio, Claudio; Dagna, Alberto; Chiesa, Marco; Beltrami, Riccardo; Bianchi, Stefano

    2015-02-16

    Nickel-titanium (NiTi) instruments are commonly used for shaping the root canal system in endodontic practice. They are more flexible and have better cutting efficiency than conventional stainless steel files. The superelasticity of NiTi rotary files allows the clinicians to produce the desirable tapered root canal form with a reduced tendency to canal transportation and instrument fracture. HyFlex CM instruments are new NiTi rotary instruments with shape memory produced by an innovative methodology (patent pending) that uses a complex heating and cooling treatment that controls the material's memory. The aim of the present study was to compare the cleaning efficacy of two conventional (Mtwo, Revo-S) Ni-Ti rotary instruments with HyFlex CM. 30 single-rooted freshly extracted teeth were divided into three groups. Root canals were shaped with three NiTi instruments (Mtwo, Revo-S and HyFlex CM) using 5.25% NaOCl and 17% EDTA solutions. Specimens were fractured longitudinally and prepared for SEM analysis at standard magnification of 1000×. The presence/absence of debris smear layer and the presence/absence of smear layer at coronal, middle, and apical third of each canal were evaluated using a 5-step scale for scores. Numeric data were analyzed using Kruskall-Wallis and Mann-Whitney U statistical tests and significance was predetermined at P < 0.05. This study revealed significant differences among the various groups. Despite some minor differences, all instruments removed smear layer and debris produced during instrumentation. HyFlex CM seem to be not so effective in promoting cleanliness of root canal walls and in removing smear layer from dentine if compared to Mtwo and Revo-S.

  5. Microstructure and corrosion behavior of laser processed NiTi alloy.

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    Marattukalam, Jithin J; Singh, Amit Kumar; Datta, Susmit; Das, Mitun; Balla, Vamsi Krishna; Bontha, Srikanth; Kalpathy, Sreeram K

    2015-12-01

    Laser Engineered Net Shaping (LENS™), a commercially available additive manufacturing technology, has been used to fabricate dense equiatomic NiTi alloy components. The primary aim of this work is to study the effect of laser power and scan speed on microstructure, phase constituents, hardness and corrosion behavior of laser processed NiTi alloy. The results showed retention of large amount of high-temperature austenite phase at room temperature due to high cooling rates associated with laser processing. The high amount of austenite in these samples increased the hardness. The grain size and corrosion resistance were found to increase with laser power. The surface energy of NiTi alloy, calculated using contact angles, decreased from 61 mN/m to 56 mN/m with increase in laser energy density from 20 J/mm(2) to 80 J/mm(2). The decrease in surface energy shifted the corrosion potentials to nobler direction and decreased the corrosion current. Under present experimental conditions the laser power found to have strong influence on microstructure, phase constituents and corrosion resistance of NiTi alloy.

  6. Fundamental Study of Micro-Defects in Electropolished EB-Welded and Hydroformed SRF Accelerating Structures

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    Sumption, Mike

    2014-08-29

    In the area of niobium elecropolishing fundamentals, we focused on understanding the influence of the surface topology, and geometry (with effects from gravity included. The formation of a viscous film is essential for the electropolishing process to take place. The exact nature and composition of the film formed on niobium is still unknown because of its solubility in the electrolyte. Extensive pitting may take place at surface where a stable film cannot form. This has to be taken into consideration while determining the speed with which the SRF cavities are rotated while EP. Hydrodynamic aspects must be taken into consideration while optimizing the polishing parameters. There is improvement in surface finish with polishing time. There is a huge change in surface quality when the EP time is increased from 2 hours to 4 hours but not much change takes place when the time is further increased to 6 hours. So keeping the economic points in view, about 100 um defect layer removal may be sufficient to get the desired performance. In the area of Electropolishing of untreated and treated niobium with Weld Joints we studied untreated and treated Nb, especially for the heat affected areas next to welded bumps, electropolished for different durations. The electropolishing of the untreated Nb caused the formation of pits on the surface at about 15 min but they disappeared when the electropolishing duration was more than 15 min. Electropolishing for 120 min smoothened the surface of untreated Nb by levelling the surface, but the severe formation of pits on the whole surface was found after 240 min. The treatment of Nb significantly changed the Nb surface morphology which was covered by grains of different size that looked light or dark in the optical microscope. The treated Nb was susceptible to pitting during the entire electropolishing starting from 15 min and the dark grains had more susceptibility to pitting than the light grains. In addition, electropolishing for 240 min

  7. Influence of electropolishing current densities on sulfur generation at niobium surface

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    Tyagi, P. V.; Nishiwaki, M.; Noguchi, T.; Sawabe, M.; Saeki, T.; Hayano, H.; Kato, S.

    2013-11-01

    We report the effect of different current densities on sulfur generation at Nb surface in the electropolishing (EP) with aged electrolyte. In this regard, we conducted a series of electropolishing (EP) experiments in aged EP electrolyte with high (≈50 mA/cm2) and low (≈30 mA/cm2) current densities on Nb surfaces. The experiments were carried out both for laboratory coupons and a real Nb single cell cavity with six witness samples located at three typical positions (equator, iris and beam pipe). Sample's surfaces were investigated by XPS (X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy), SEM (scanning electron microscope) and EDX (energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy). The surface analysis showed that the EP with a high current density produced a huge amount of sulfate/sulfite particles at Nb surface whereas the EP with a low current density was very helpful to mitigate sulfate/sulfite at Nb surface in both the experiments.

  8. Impact of forming, welding, and electropolishing on pitting and the surface finish of SRF cavity niobium

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    Cooley, L.D.; Burk, D.; Cooper, C.; Dhanaraj, N.; Foley, M.; Ford, D.; Gould, K.; Hicks, D.; Novitski, R.; Romanenko, A.; Schuessler, R.; /Fermilab

    2010-07-01

    A broad range of coupon electropolishing experiments are described to ascertain the mechanism(s) by which large defects are formed near superconducting radiofrequency (SRF) cavity welds. Cold-worked vs. annealed metal, the presence of a weld, and several variations of electropolishing (EP) parameters were considered. Pitting is strongly promoted by cold work and agitation of the EP solution. Welding also promotes pitting, but less so compared with the other factors above. Temperature increase during EP did not strongly affect glossiness or pitting, but the reduced viscosity made the electrolyte more susceptible to agitation. The experiments suggest that several factors that are rather benign alone are combined by the cavity forming, welding, and processing sequence to promote the formation of defects such as pits. Process changes to mitigate these risks are discussed.

  9. Recent developments in electropolishing and tumbling R&D at Fermilab

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    Cooper, C.; Brandt, J.; Cooley, L.; Ge, M.; Harms, E.; Khabiboulline, T.; Ozelis, J.; Boffo, C.; /Babcock Noell, Wuerzburg

    2009-10-01

    Fermi National Accelerator Lab (Fermilab) is continuing to improve its infrastructure for research and development on the processing of superconducting radio frequency cavities. A single cell 3.9 GHz electropolishing tool built at Fermilab and operated at an industrial partner was recently commissioned. The EP tool was used to produce a single cell 3.9 GHz cavity that reached an accelerating gradient of 30 MV/m with a quality factor of 5 x 10{sup 9}. A single cell 1.3 GHz cavity was also electropolished at the same industrial vendor using the vendor's vertical full-immersion technique. On their first and only attempt the vendor produced a single cell 1.3 GHz cavity that reached 30 MV/m with a quality factor of 1 x 10{sup 10}. These results will be detailed along with preliminary tumbling results.

  10. Evaluation of the diffusion coefficient of fluorine during the electropolishing of niobium

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    Tian, Hui; Reece, Charles E.

    2010-08-01

    Future accelerators require unprecedented cavity performance, which is strongly influenced by interior surface nanosmoothness. Electropolishing (EP) is the technique of choice being developed for high-field superconducting radio frequency (SRF) cavities. Previous study has shown that the mechanism of Nb electropolishing proceeds by formation and dissolution of a compact salt film under fluorine diffusion-limited mass transport control. We pursue an improved understanding of the microscopic conditions required for optimum surface finishing. The viscosity of the standard electrolyte has been measured using a commercial viscometer, and the diffusion coefficient of fluorine was derived at a variety of temperatures from 0 to 50°C using a Nb rotating disk electrode. In addition, data indicate that electrode kinetics becomes competitive with the mass transfer current limitation and increases dramatically with temperature. These findings are expected to guide the optimization of EP process parameters for achieving controlled, reproducible, and uniform nanosmooth surface finishing of SRF cavities.

  11. Evaluation of electropolished stainless steel electrodes for use in DC high voltage photoelectron guns

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    BastaniNejad, Mahzad; Elmustafa, Abdelmageed A.; Forman, Eric; Covert, Steven; Hansknecht, John; Hernandez-Garcia, Carlos; Poelker, Matthew; Das, Lopa; Kelley, Michael; Williams, Phillip

    2015-07-01

    DC high voltage photoelectron guns are used to produce polarized electron beams for accelerator-based nuclear and high-energy physics research. Low-level field emission (~nA) from the cathode electrode degrades the vacuum within the photogun and reduces the photoelectron yield of the delicate GaAs-based photocathode used to produce the electron beams. High-level field emission (>μA) can cause significant damage the photogun. To minimize field emission, stainless steel electrodes are typically diamond-paste polished, a labor-intensive process often yielding field emission performance with a high degree of variability, sample to sample. As an alternative approach and as comparative study, the performance of electrodes electropolished by conventional commercially available methods is presented. Our observations indicate the electropolished electrodes exhibited less field emission upon the initial application of high voltage, but showed less improvement with gas conditioning compared to the diamond-paste polished electrodes. In contrast, the diamond-paste polished electrodes responded favorably to gas conditioning, and ultimately reached higher voltages and field strengths without field emission, compared to electrodes that were only electropolished. The best performing electrode was one that was both diamond-paste polished and electropolished, reaching a field strength of 18.7 MV/m while generating less than 100 pA of field emission. The speculate that the combined processes were the most effective at reducing both large and small scale topography. However, surface science evaluation indicates topography cannot be the only relevant parameter when it comes to predicting field emission performance.

  12. Evaluation of electropolished stainless steel electrodes for use in DC high voltage photoelectron guns

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    BastaniNejad, Mahzad Elmustafa, Abdelmageed A.; Forman, Eric; Covert, Steven; Hansknecht, John; Hernandez-Garcia, Carlos; Poelker, Matthew; Das, Lopa; Kelley, Michael; Williams, Phillip

    2015-07-15

    DC high voltage photoelectron guns are used to produce polarized electron beams for accelerator-based nuclear and high-energy physics research. Low-level field emission (∼nA) from the cathode electrode degrades the vacuum within the photogun and reduces the photoelectron yield of the delicate GaAs-based photocathode used to produce the electron beams. High-level field emission (>μA) can cause significant damage the photogun. To minimize field emission, stainless steel electrodes are typically diamond-paste polished, a labor-intensive process often yielding field emission performance with a high degree of variability, sample to sample. As an alternative approach and as comparative study, the performance of electrodes electropolished by conventional commercially available methods is presented. Our observations indicate the electropolished electrodes exhibited less field emission upon the initial application of high voltage, but showed less improvement with gas conditioning compared to the diamond-paste polished electrodes. In contrast, the diamond-paste polished electrodes responded favorably to gas conditioning, and ultimately reached higher voltages and field strengths without field emission, compared to electrodes that were only electropolished. The best performing electrode was one that was both diamond-paste polished and electropolished, reaching a field strength of 18.7 MV/m while generating less than 100 pA of field emission. The authors speculate that the combined processes were the most effective at reducing both large and small scale topography. However, surface science evaluation indicates topography cannot be the only relevant parameter when it comes to predicting field emission performance.

  13. Removal of Long-Lived Radon Daughters by Electropolishing Thin Layers of Stainless Steel

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    White, James; Schnee, Richard; Bunker, Raymond; Bowles, Michael; Cushman, Priscilla; Epland, Matthew; Pepin, Mark; Guiseppe, Vince

    2012-10-01

    Long-lived alpha and beta emitters in the Radon decay chain on detector surfaces may be limiting background in many experiments attempting to detect dark matter or neutrinoless double beta decay. To screen detector surfaces for this radioactive contamination, a low-radiation, multi-wire proportional chamber (the BetaCage) is under construction. Removal of Pb-210 implanted on its 25-micron stainless steel wires without causing significant variation in the diameter of the wires is critical to the BetaCage's ultimate sensitivity. An apparatus to perform electropolishing trials to remove roughly a micron of material has been assembled. These trials have shown promising results. Stainless steel square samples implanted with Pb-210 have shown counts with a reduction factor greater than 10 after electropolishing according to gamma assay. Furthermore, alpha counting has produced similar results, with a reduction factor greater than 100. Lastly, the diameters of wires after electropolishing have remained sufficiently uniform, with reduction in thickness consistent with expectations.

  14. Coatings on NiTi Alloy

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    Kei, C. C.; Yu, Y. S.; Racek, J.; Vokoun, D.; Šittner, P.

    2014-07-01

    Atomic layer deposition is introduced as a method suitable for preparation of Al2O3 layers on the surface of NiTi medical devices such as stents because of the excellent thickness control and conformal protective coating on complex structures. The corrosion properties of NiTi plates with Al2O3 coatings of various thicknesses in an environment similar to that occurring in the human body were studied using open circuit potential, potentiostatic electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, and cyclic polarization tests. It shows that the layer thickness plays a key role in the inhibition of corrosion. The thinner layers are more diffuse and make it easier for anodic reaction of passive NiTi with protective TiO2 underneath of Al2O3, while the thicker layers have the barrier effect with local pores initiating pitting corrosion. The results of our electrochemical experiments consistently show that corrosion properties of thick Al2O3 coatings on NiTi plate are inferior compared to the thin layers.

  15. Processing of NiTi Reinforced Adaptive Solder for Electronic Packaging

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    2004-03-01

    OF ABSTRACT UL NSN 7540-01-280-5500 Standard Form 298 (Rev. 2-89) Prescribed by ANSI Std. 239-18 ii...self actuation at the As temperature. The present work focuses on the processing of a composite solder with nominally equiatomic NiTi particles...Biocompatability Evaluation of Nickel-Titanium Shape Memory Alloys, 1994. 40. Peter C. Hall, ‘Methods of Promoting Solder Wetting on Nitinol ’, Edison

  16. The Effect of Thermal Annealing on Structural-phase Changes in the Ni-Ti Alloy Implanted with Krypton Ions

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    Poltavtseva, V. P.; Kislitsin, S. B.; Ghyngazov, S. A.

    2016-06-01

    The influence of thermal annealing within the temperature range 100-300°C on the structural-phase state of a Ni-Ti alloy with shape memory effect (SME) implanted with 84Kr ions at the energies E = 280 keV and 1.75 MeV/nucl and the fluences within 5·1012-1·1020 ion/m2 is investigated. For the samples modified by 84Kr ions at E = 1.75 MeV/nucl up to the fluences 1·1020 and 5·1012 ion/m2, the formation of a martensitic NiTi phase with the B19 ' structure, responsible for the SME, is revealed at the annealing temperatures 100 and 300°C, respectively, in the near-surface region corresponding to the outrange area. This is accompanied by the formation of nanosized NiTi particles in the R-phase. As the implantation fluence increases, the probability of their formation decreases. It is shown that annealing of the implanted structures can increase the strength of the Ni-Ti alloy. The degree of hardening is determined by the value of annealing temperature, and an increase in strength is primarily due to ordering of the radiation-induced defect structures (phases). A correlation between the onset temperature of a forward martensitic transition and the structural-phase state of the thermally annealed Ni-Ti alloy is established.

  17. The effects of different bending techniques on corrosion resistance and nickel release of superelastic orthodontic NiTi archwires

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    Rujeerapaiboon, N.; Anuwongnukroh, N.; Dechkunakorn, S.; Jariyaboon, M.

    2017-04-01

    Bending superelastic NiTi archwire is indicated in some stages of orthodontic treatment. The difference in bending techniques may affect corrosion resistance and nickel release. The purpose of this study was to investigate the corrosion resistance and nickel release after different bending techniques of NiTi archwires. Preform-curved NiTi archwires were used as a template for bending and used as a control group. 0.016×0.022 inches superelastic NiTi archwires were bent to curve-shape by cold bending, DERHT bending and cold bending then DERHT technique. Potentiodynamic polarization technique was used to measure corrosion behavior of the wires. Corrosion potential (ECORR), corrosion density (ICORR), and breakdown potential of each wire were determined. In addition, the amount of nickel release in the solution after the test was inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS). Although, the results showed that ECORR and ICORR were not statistically significantly different among all groups, the difference in breakdown potential and nickel release were observed. Similar corrosion resistance and nickel release were presented in the preform-curved NiTi archwires, cold bending, and cold bending then DERHT group. The DERHT bending group showed the lowest breakdown potential and highest nickel release.

  18. Achieving Small Structures in Thin NiTi Sheets for Medical Applications with Water Jet and Micro Machining: A Comparison

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    Frotscher, M.; Kahleyss, F.; Simon, T.; Biermann, D.; Eggeler, G.

    2011-07-01

    NiTi shape memory alloys (SMA) are used for a variety of applications including medical implants and tools as well as actuators, making use of their unique properties. However, due to the hardness and strength, in combination with the high elasticity of the material, the machining of components can be challenging. The most common machining techniques used today are laser cutting and electrical discharge machining (EDM). In this study, we report on the machining of small structures into binary NiTi sheets, applying alternative processing methods being well-established for other metallic materials. Our results indicate that water jet machining and micro milling can be used to machine delicate structures, even in very thin NiTi sheets. Further work is required to optimize the cut quality and the machining speed in order to increase the cost-effectiveness and to make both methods more competitive.

  19. Development of Biomimetic NiTi Alloy: Influence of Thermo-Chemical Treatment on the Physical, Mechanical and Biological Behavior.

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    Rupérez, Elisa; Manero, José María; Bravo-González, Luis-Alberto; Espinar, Eduardo; Gil, F J

    2016-05-24

    A bioactive layer, free of nickel, has been performed for its greater acceptability and reliability in clinical applications for NiTi shape memory alloys. In the first step, a safe barrier against Ni release has been produced on the surface by means of a thicker rutile/anastase protective layer free of nickel. In the second step, a sodium alkaline titanate hydrogel, which has the ability to induce apatite formation, has been performed from oxidized surface. An improvement of host tissue-implant integration has been achieved in terms of Ni ions release and the bioactivity of the treated NiTi alloys has been corroborated with both in vitro and in vivo studies. The transformation temperatures (As, Af, Ms, and Mf), as well as the critical stresses (σ(β⇔M)), have been slightly changed due to this surface modification. Consequently, this fact must be taken into account in order to design new surface modification on NiTi implants.

  20. Energetics of Single Substitutional Impurities in NiTi

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    Good, Brian S.; Noebe, Ronald

    2003-01-01

    Shape-memory alloys are of considerable current interest, with applications ranging from stents to Mars rover components. In this work, we present results on the energetics of single substitutional impurities in B2 NiTi. Specifically, energies of Pd, Pt, Zr and Hf impurities at both Ni and Ti sites are computed. All energies are computed using the CASTEP ab initio code, and, for comparison, using the quantum approximate energy method of Bozzolo, Ferrante and Smith. Atomistic relaxation in the vicinity of the impurities is investigated via quantum approximate Monte Carlo simulation, and in cases where the relaxation is found to be important, the resulting relaxations are applied to the ab initio calculations. We compare our results with available experimental work.

  1. Elemental Mapping of NiTi with EFTEM

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    Wittig, J. E.; Bentley, James; Evans, Neal D; Somsen, Ch.; Eggeler, G.

    2005-01-01

    Martensitic transformations in Ni-rich NiTi shape memory alloys take place as multistage transformations. In Ni-rich alloys with an austenitic B2 matrix, coherent Ni{sub 4}Ti{sub 3} precipitates form from thermo-mechanical processing and affect the sequence of the martensitic transformation. Any composition inhomogenieties that develop during the evolution of the Ni{sub 4}Ti{sub 3} precipitates will have a large influence on the multistage martensitic transformations, since the martensite start temperature, M{sub s}, is strongly dependent on the Ni concentration of the matrix. Since concentration differences on the order of 0.5 at% are sufficient to influence the transformation, providing sufficiently accurate concentration profiles for meaningful structure-property correlations is a challenging experiment. This investigation employs elemental mapping by energy-filtered transmission electron microscopy (EFTEM) to attempt to measure the concentration profiles at these precipitate-matrix interfaces.

  2. Energetics of Single Substitutional Impurities in NiTi

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    Good, Brian S.; Noebe, Ronald

    2003-01-01

    Shape-memory alloys are of considerable current interest, with applications ranging from stents to Mars rover components. In this work, we present results on the energetics of single substitutional impurities in B2 NiTi. Specifically, energies of Pd, Pt, Zr and Hf impurities at both Ni and Ti sites are computed. All energies are computed using the CASTEP ab initio code, and, for comparison, using the quantum approximate energy method of Bozzolo, Ferrante and Smith. Atomistic relaxation in the vicinity of the impurities is investigated via quantum approximate Monte Carlo simulation, and in cases where the relaxation is found to be important, the resulting relaxations are applied to the ab initio calculations. We compare our results with available experimental work.

  3. Combined effects of different heat treatments and Cu element on transformation behavior of NiTi orthodontic wires.

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    Seyyed Aghamiri, S M; Ahmadabadi, M Nili; Raygan, Sh

    2011-04-01

    The shape memory nickel-titanium alloy has been applied in many fields due to its unique thermal and mechanical performance. One of the successful applications of NiTi wires is in orthodontics because of its good characteristics such as low stiffness, high spring back, high stored energy, biocompatibility, superelasticity and shape memory effect. The mechanical properties of wires are paid special attention which results in achieving continuous optimal forces and eventually causing rapid tooth movement without any damage. The behavior of the alloy can be controlled by chemical composition and thermo-mechanical treatment during the manufacturing process. In this study two kinds of commercial superelastic NiTi archwires of 0.41 mm diameter were investigated: Copper NiTi and Highland Metal. The chemical analysis of both wires was estimated by energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS). It was showed that Copper NiTi wire contained copper and chromium. The two types of wires were exposed to different heat treatment conditions at 400 and 500 °C for 10 and 60 min to compare the behavior of the wires at aged and as-received conditions. Phase transformation temperatures clarified by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) showed B2 <--> R <--> B19 transformation in Highland Metal wire and B2 <--> B19(') transformation in Copper NiTi wire. Three point bending (TPB) tests in the certain designed fixture were performed at 37 °C to evaluate the mechanical behavior of the wires. The experimental results revealed the superelastic behavior of the Highland Metal wire after 60 min ageing at 400 and 500 °C and the plastic deformation of the Copper NiTi wire after annealing due to the effect of copper in the alloy composition.

  4. Thin NiTi Films Deposited on Graphene Substrates

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    Hahn, S.; Schulze, A.; Böhme, M.; Hahn, T.; Wagner, M. F.-X.

    2017-03-01

    We present experimental results on the deposition of Nickel Titanium (NiTi) films on graphene substrates using a PVD magnetron sputter process. Characterization of the 2-4 micron thick NiTi films by electron microscopy, electron backscatter diffraction, and transmission electron microscopy shows that grain size and orientation of the thin NiTi films strongly depend on the type of combination of graphene and copper layers below. Our experimental findings are supported by density functional theory calculations: a theoretical estimation of the binding energies of different NiTi-graphene interfaces is in line with the experimentally determined microstructural features of the functional NiTi top layer.

  5. Thin NiTi Films Deposited on Graphene Substrates

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    Hahn, S.; Schulze, A.; Böhme, M.; Hahn, T.; Wagner, M. F.-X.

    2016-12-01

    We present experimental results on the deposition of Nickel Titanium (NiTi) films on graphene substrates using a PVD magnetron sputter process. Characterization of the 2-4 micron thick NiTi films by electron microscopy, electron backscatter diffraction, and transmission electron microscopy shows that grain size and orientation of the thin NiTi films strongly depend on the type of combination of graphene and copper layers below. Our experimental findings are supported by density functional theory calculations: a theoretical estimation of the binding energies of different NiTi-graphene interfaces is in line with the experimentally determined microstructural features of the functional NiTi top layer.

  6. An original architectured NiTi silicone rubber structure for biomedical applications.

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    Rey, T; Le Cam, J-B; Chagnon, G; Favier, D; Rebouah, M; Razan, F; Robin, E; Didier, P; Heller, L; Faure, S; Janouchova, K

    2014-12-01

    This paper deals with composite structures for biomedical applications. For this purpose, an architectured tubular structure composed of Nickel Titanium (NiTi) Shape Memory Alloy (SMA) and silicone rubber was fabricated. One of the main interests of such structures is to ensure a good adhesion between its two constitutive materials. A previous study of the authors (Rey et al., 2014) has shown that the adhesion between NiTi and silicone rubber can be improved by an adhesion promoter or plasma treatment. However, adhesion promoters are often not biocompatible. Hence, plasma treatment is favored to be used in the present study. Three different gases were tested; air, argon and oxygen. The effects of these treatments on the maximum force required to pull-out a NiTi wire from the silicone rubber matrix were investigated by means of pull-out tests carried out with a self-developed device. Among the three gases, a higher maximum force was obtained for argon gas in the plasma treatment. A tube shaped architectured NiTi/silicone rubber structure was then produced using this treatment. The composite was tested by means of a bulge test. Results open a new way of investigations for architectured NiTi-silicone structures for biomechanical applications.

  7. Thin film NiTi coatings on optical fiber Bragg sensors

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    Mohanchandra, K. P.; Karnani, S.; Emmons, M. C.; Carman, G. P.; Richards, W. L.

    2008-07-21

    This paper describes the sputter deposition and characterization of nickel titanium (NiTi) thin film shape memory alloy onto the surface of an optical fiber Bragg grating. The NiTi coating uniformity, crystallinity, and transformation temperatures are measured using scanning electron microscope, x-ray diffraction, and differential scanning calorimeter, respectively. The strain in the optical fiber is measured using centroid calculation of wavelength shifts. Results show distinct and abrupt changes in the optical fiber signal with the four related transformation temperatures represented by the austenite-martensite forward and reverse phase transformations. These tests demonstrate a coupling present between optical energy and thermal energy, i.e., a modified multiferroic material.

  8. Comparative evaluation of apically extruded debris during root canal instrumentation using two Ni-Ti single file rotary systems: An in vitro study.

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    Singbal, Kiran; Jain, Disha; Raja, Kranthi; Hoe, Tan Ming

    2017-01-01

    Apical extrusion of debris during instrumentation is detrimental to the patient. The aim of this study was to evaluate the apical extrusion of debris during root canal instrumentation using two single file rotary Ni-Ti systems. Thirty freshly extracted mandibular premolars with straight roots were sterilized and divided into two groups instrumented using: One Shape rotary Ni-Ti system with Endoflare orifice shaper (Group 1) and Neo-Niti rotary Ni-Ti system with C1 orifice shaper (Group 2). Preweighed Eppendorf tubes fitted for each tooth before instrumentation. During instrumentation, 1 mL of distilled water with a 30-gauge needle was used to irrigate after every instrument. Tips of the tooth were irrigated with 2 ml distilled water after removal from Eppendorf tubes. The total volume of irrigant in each group was the same 8 ml. All tubes were incubated at 68°C for 15 days and subsequently weighed. The difference between pre- and post-debris weights was calculated, and statistical analysis was performed using independent t-test and level of significance was set at 0.05. The difference between pre- and post-weights was significantly greater for the One Shape system. The Neolix Niti single file was associated with less extrusion compared to One Shape single file system.

  9. Comparative evaluation of apically extruded debris during root canal instrumentation using two Ni-Ti single file rotary systems: An in vitro study

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    Singbal, Kiran; Jain, Disha; Raja, Kranthi; Hoe, Tan Ming

    2017-01-01

    Background: Apical extrusion of debris during instrumentation is detrimental to the patient. Aim: The aim of this study was to evaluate the apical extrusion of debris during root canal instrumentation using two single file rotary Ni-Ti systems. Materials and Methods: Thirty freshly extracted mandibular premolars with straight roots were sterilized and divided into two groups instrumented using: One Shape rotary Ni-Ti system with Endoflare orifice shaper (Group 1) and Neo-Niti rotary Ni-Ti system with C1 orifice shaper (Group 2). Preweighed Eppendorf tubes fitted for each tooth before instrumentation. During instrumentation, 1 mL of distilled water with a 30-gauge needle was used to irrigate after every instrument. Tips of the tooth were irrigated with 2 ml distilled water after removal from Eppendorf tubes. The total volume of irrigant in each group was the same 8 ml. All tubes were incubated at 68°C for 15 days and subsequently weighed. The difference between pre- and post-debris weights was calculated, and statistical analysis was performed using independent t-test and level of significance was set at 0.05. Results: The difference between pre- and post-weights was significantly greater for the One Shape system. Conclusions: The Neolix Niti single file was associated with less extrusion compared to One Shape single file system. PMID:28855748

  10. Evaluation of electropolished stainless steel electrodes for use in DC high voltage photoelectron guns

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    BastaniNejad, Mahzad; Elmustafa, Abdelmageed A.; Forman, Eric; ...

    2015-07-01

    DC high voltage photoelectron guns are used to produce polarized electron beams for accelerator-based nuclear and high-energy physics research. Low-level field emission (~nA) from the cathode electrode degrades the vacuum within the photogun and reduces the photoelectron yield of the delicate GaAs-based photocathode used to produce the electron beams. High-level field emission (>μA) can cause significant damage the photogun. To minimize field emission, stainless steel electrodes are typically diamond-paste polished, a labor-intensive process often yielding field emission performance with a high degree of variability, sample to sample. As an alternative approach and as comparative study, the performance of electrodes electropolishedmore » by conventional commercially available methods is presented. Our observations indicate the electropolished electrodes exhibited less field emission upon the initial application of high voltage, but showed less improvement with gas conditioning compared to the diamond-paste polished electrodes. In contrast, the diamond-paste polished electrodes responded favorably to gas conditioning, and ultimately reached higher voltages and field strengths without field emission, compared to electrodes that were only electropolished. The best performing electrode was one that was both diamond-paste polished and electropolished, reaching a field strength of 18.7 MV/m while generating less than 100 pA of field emission. The speculate that the combined processes were the most effective at reducing both large and small scale topography. However, surface science evaluation indicates topography cannot be the only relevant parameter when it comes to predicting field emission performance.« less

  11. High current density electropolishing in the preparation of highly smooth substrate tapes for coated conductors

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    Kreiskott, Sascha [Los Alamos, NM; Matias, Vladimir [Santa Fe, NM; Arendt, Paul N [Los Alamos, NM; Foltyn, Stephen R [Los Alamos, NM; Bronisz, Lawrence E [Los Alamos, NM

    2009-03-31

    A continuous process of forming a highly smooth surface on a metallic tape by passing a metallic tape having an initial roughness through an acid bath contained within a polishing section of an electropolishing unit over a pre-selected period of time, and, passing a mean surface current density of at least 0.18 amperes per square centimeter through the metallic tape during the period of time the metallic tape is in the acid bath whereby the roughness of the metallic tape is reduced. Such a highly smooth metallic tape can serve as a base substrate in subsequent formation of a superconductive coated conductor.

  12. Investigation of the Surface Condition of an Electrode after Electropolishing under the Influence of Surface Acoustic Waves

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    Tietze, Sabrina; Reißenweber, Marina; Schlemmer, Josefine; Lindner, Gerhard

    The observation of acoustic enhancement ofthe anodiccurrentin an electropolishing experiment promises to be useful in acceleration of industrial electrochemical processes. Besides the process, however, the surface condition after the electropolishing is of importance as well. This investigation is focused onthe surface condition of the electropolished surface after an acoustic wave treatment. At the anode surface acoustic waves, especially Scholte waves, will be generated. Theevanescentpartof the wave will propagate in the electrolyte and cause Schlichting streaming in the boundary layer. For different frequencies and different intensities of the surface acoustic wave the surface roughness of the anode is analyzed by a laser scanning microscope.The results of the investigation will allow to find the best parameters for polishing and to avoid cavitation damage.

  13. Biocompatilibity-related surface characteristics of oxidized NiTi.

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    Danilov, Anatoli; Tuukkanen, Tuomas; Tuukkanen, Juha; Jämsä, Timo

    2007-09-15

    In the present study, we examined the effect of NiTi oxidation on material surface characteristics related to biocompatibility. Correspondence between electron work function (EWF) and adhesive force predicted by electron theory of adsorption as well as the effect of surface mechanical stress on the adhesive force were studied on the nonoxidized and oxidized at 350, 450, and 600 degrees C NiTi alloy for medical application. The adhesive force generated by the material surface towards the drops of alpha-minimal essential medium (alpha-MEM) was used as a characteristic of NiTi adsorption properties. The study showed that variations in EWF and mechanical stress caused by surface treatment were accompanied by variations in adhesive force. NiTi oxidation at all temperatures used gave rise to decrease in adhesive force and surface stress values in comparison to the nonoxidized state. In contrary, the EWF value revealed increase under the same condition. Variations in surface oxide layer thickness and its phase composition were also followed. The important role of oxide crystallite size in EWF values within the range of crystallite dimensions typical for NiTi surface oxide as an instrument for the fine regulation of NiTi adsorption properties was demonstrated. The comparative oxidation of pure titanium and NiTi showed that the effect of Ni on the EWF value of NiTi surface oxide is negligible.

  14. The effects of parametric changes in electropolishing process on surface properties of 316L stainless steel

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    ur Rahman, Zia; Deen, K. M.; Cano, Lawrence; Haider, Waseem

    2017-07-01

    Corrosion resistance and biocompatibility of 316L stainless steel implants depend on the surface features and the nature of the passive film. The influence of electropolishing on the surface topography, surface free energy and surface chemistry was determined by atomic force microscopy, contact angle meter and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, respectively. The electropolishing of 316L stainless steel was conducted at the oxygen evolution potential (EPO) and below the oxygen evolution potential (EPBO). Compared to mechanically polished (MP) and EPO, the EPBO sample depicted lower surface roughness (Ra = 6.07 nm) and smaller surface free energy (44.21 mJ/m2). The relatively lower corrosion rate (0.484 mpy) and smaller passive current density (0.619 μA/cm2) as determined from cyclic polarization scans was found to be related with the presence of OH, Cr(III), Fe(0), Fe(II) and Fe(III) species at the surface. These species assured the existence of relatively uniform passive oxide film over EPBO surface. Moreover, the relatively large charge transfer (Rct) and passive film resistance (Rf) registered by EPBO sample from impedance spectroscopy analysis confirmed its better electrochemical performance. The in vitro response of these polished samples toward MC3T3 pre-osteoblast cell proliferation was determined to be directly related with their surface and electrochemical properties.

  15. Electro and Magneto-Electropolished Surface Micro-Patterning on Binary and Ternary Nitinol

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    Munroe, Norman; McGoron, Anthony

    2012-01-01

    In this study, an Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) roughness analysis was performed on non-commercial Nitinol alloys with Electropolished (EP) and Magneto-Electropolished (MEP) surface treatments and commercially available stents by measuring Root-Mean-Square (RMS), Average Roughness (Ra), and Surface Area (SA) values at various dimensional areas on the alloy surfaces, ranging from (800 × 800 nm) to (115 × 115μm), and (800 × 800 nm) to (40 × 40 μm) on the commercial stents. Results showed that NiTi-Ta 10 wt% with an EP surface treatment yielded the highest overall roughness, while the NiTi-Cu 10 wt% alloy had the lowest roughness when analyzed over (115 × 115 μm). Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) and Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy (EDS) analysis revealed unique surface morphologies for surface treated alloys, as well as an aggregation of ternary elements Cr and Cu at grain boundaries in MEP and EP surface treated alloys, and non-surface treated alloys. Such surface micro-patterning on ternary Nitinol alloys could increase cellular adhesion and accelerate surface endothelialization of endovascular stents, thus reducing the likelihood of in-stent restenosis and provide insight into hemodynamic flow regimes and the corrosion behavior of an implantable device influenced from such surface micro-patterns. PMID:22754200

  16. Use of electropolishing for enhanced metallic specimen preparation for electron backscatter diffraction analysis

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    Wynick, G.L.; Boehlert, C.J. . E-mail: boehlert@egr.msu.edu

    2005-09-15

    The effects of mechanical polishing with Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} and colloidal SiO{sub 2} followed by electropolishing were studied for preparation of metal alloy specimens for Electron Backscatter Diffraction (EBSD). The alloys studied were Inconel 718, a commonly used nickel-based superalloy, and a Ti-Al-Nb alloy (nominally Ti-22Al-28Nb(at.%)). Atomic Force Microscopy was used to measure the surface topography to attempt to correlate nano-scale surface roughness with EBSD pattern quality. The results suggest that mechanically polishing with Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} followed by electropolishing for a short time can produce EBSD pattern confidence indices and image quality values that are equal to or better than those produced by mechanically polishing with colloidal SiO{sub 2} alone. The data suggests that surface roughness on the scale considered here has much less effect on EBSD pattern quality than had been previously believed. The data suggests that removing the surface damage is more critical than reduction of topography for EBSD.

  17. Phase transformation and deformation behavior of NiTi-Nb eutectic joined NiTi wires

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    Wang, Liqiang; Wang, Cong; Zhang, Lai-Chang; Chen, Liangyu; Lu, Weijie; Zhang, Di

    2016-01-01

    NiTi wires were brazed together via eutectic reaction between NiTi and Nb powder deposited at the wire contact region. Phase transformation and deformation behavior of the NiTi-Nb eutectic microstructure were investigated using transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and cyclic loading-unloading tests. Results show that R phase and B19′ martensite transformation are induced by plastic deformation. R phase transformation, which significantly contributes to superelasticity, preferentially occurs at the interfaces between NiTi and eutectic region. Round-shaped Nb-rich phase with rod-like and lamellar-type eutectics are observed in eutectic regions. These phases appear to affect the deformation behavior of the brazed NiTi-Nb region via five distinct stages in stress-strain curves: (I) R phase reorientation, (II) R phase transformation from parent phase, (III) elastic deformation of reoriented martensite accompanied by the plastic deformation of Nb-rich phase and lamellar NiTi-Nb eutectic, (IV) B19′ martensitic transformation, and (V) plastic deformation of the specimen. PMID:27049025

  18. Ab Initio Simulations of Temperature Dependent Phase Stability and Martensitic Transitions in NiTi

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    Haskins, Justin B.; Thompson, Alexander E.; Lawson, John W.

    2016-01-01

    For NiTi based alloys, the shape memory effect is governed by a transition from a low-temperature martensite phase to a high-temperature austenite phase. Despite considerable experimental and computational work, basic questions regarding the stability of the phases and the martensitic phase transition remain unclear even for the simple case of binary, equiatomic NiTi. We perform ab initio molecular dynamics simulations to describe the temperature-dependent behavior of NiTi and resolve several of these outstanding issues. Structural correlation functions and finite temperature phonon spectra are evaluated to determine phase stability. In particular, we show that finite temperature, entropic effects stabilize the experimentally observed martensite (B19') and austenite (B2) phases while destabilizing the theoretically predicted (B33) phase. Free energy computations based on ab initio thermodynamic integration confirm these results and permit estimates of the transition temperature between the phases. In addition to the martensitic phase transition, we predict a new transition between the B33 and B19' phases. The role of defects in suppressing these phase transformations is discussed.

  19. Phase transformation and deformation behavior of NiTi-Nb eutectic joined NiTi wires.

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    Wang, Liqiang; Wang, Cong; Zhang, Lai-Chang; Chen, Liangyu; Lu, Weijie; Zhang, Di

    2016-04-06

    NiTi wires were brazed together via eutectic reaction between NiTi and Nb powder deposited at the wire contact region. Phase transformation and deformation behavior of the NiTi-Nb eutectic microstructure were investigated using transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and cyclic loading-unloading tests. Results show that R phase and B19' martensite transformation are induced by plastic deformation. R phase transformation, which significantly contributes to superelasticity, preferentially occurs at the interfaces between NiTi and eutectic region. Round-shaped Nb-rich phase with rod-like and lamellar-type eutectics are observed in eutectic regions. These phases appear to affect the deformation behavior of the brazed NiTi-Nb region via five distinct stages in stress-strain curves: (I) R phase reorientation, (II) R phase transformation from parent phase, (III) elastic deformation of reoriented martensite accompanied by the plastic deformation of Nb-rich phase and lamellar NiTi-Nb eutectic, (IV) B19' martensitic transformation, and (V) plastic deformation of the specimen.

  20. Biased Target Ion Beam Deposition and Nanoskiving for Fabricating NiTi Alloy Nanowires

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    Hou, Huilong; Horn, Mark W.; Hamilton, Reginald F.

    2016-12-01

    Nanoskiving is a novel nanofabrication technique to produce shape memory alloy nanowires. Our previous work was the first to successfully fabricate NiTi alloy nanowires using the top-down approach, which leverages thin film technology and ultramicrotomy for ultra-thin sectioning. For this work, we utilized biased target ion beam deposition technology to fabricate nanoscale (i.e., sub-micrometer) NiTi alloy thin films. In contrast to our previous work, rapid thermal annealing was employed for heat treatment, and the B2 austenite to R-phase martensitic transformation was confirmed using stress-temperature and diffraction measurements. The ultramicrotome was programmable and facilitated sectioning the films to produce nanowires with thickness-to-width ratios ranging from 4:1 to 16:1. Energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy analysis confirmed the elemental Ni and Ti make-up of the wires. The findings exposed the nanowires exhibited a natural ribbon-like curvature, which depended on the thickness-to-width ratio. The results demonstrate nanoskiving is a potential nanofabrication technique for producing NiTi alloy nanowires that are continuous with an unprecedented length on the order of hundreds of micrometers.

  1. Martensitic transformation of NiTi studied at the nanometer scale by local mechanical spectroscopy

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    Oulevey, F.; Gremaud, G.; Mari, D.; Kulik, A.J.; Burnham, N.A.; Benoit, W.

    1999-12-17

    Near-stoichiometric NiTi alloys exhibit a martensitic phase transformation between a low-temperature monoclinic phase, called martensite, and a high temperature cubic phase with B2 structure, called austenite. This transformation is responsible for the shape memory and pseudo-elastic effects in deformed NiTi alloys. Optical microscopy observation suggests that the transformation occurs very suddenly inside an austenite grain. This has led to the concept of military transformation. The width of the globally measured transformation would then be a sum of different narrow contributions coming from different places inside the sample. this image is, however, not universally accepted. A measurement inside one single grain of a polycrystal would be a way to address these questions. Both the special scale of the R phase distribution and the military character of the transformation will have an effect on the result of such a measurement. The martensitic transformation of such alloys has already been observed on bulk samples by mechanical spectroscopy, i.e., measurement of the inelastic part of the deformation induced by a cyclic stress. Such measurements, also called Internal Friction measurements, give access to the mechanical energy dissipation during the phase transition. However, they give an average behavior of all parts of the sample. This paper reports the first local (i.e., at a submicron scale) mechanical spectroscopy measurement of the martensitic transformation in thermally cycled NiTi alloys.

  2. TEM studies of the nitrided/oxided Ni-Ti surface layer.

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    Lelatko, J; Goryczka, T; Paczkowski, P; Wierzchoń, T; Morawiec, H

    2010-03-01

    TiN and TiO(2) coatings, which are known from their low chemical reactivity, high hardness and wear and corrosion resistance, are used for protecting the NiTi surface. In the present work, nearly equiatomic NiTi (50.6 at.%) shape memory alloy was covered with the layers obtained by nitriding under glow discharge at 1073 K. Additionally, at the end of the process some amount of oxygen was added. Characterization of the nitrided/oxided layers structure was carried out using transmission and scanning electron microscopy. The investigations were focused on the structure of the multilayer nitrided/oxided NiTi surface. The surface is formed from nanocrystalline and columnar grains of the TiN phase. Between the top layer and beta-NiTi substrate the interface Ti(2)Ni layer was formed. Addition of oxygen at the end of the process created a thin layer of TiO(2) phase nanograins at the surface of the TiN phase. In the same areas, small amount of amorphous phase was identified. The combination of nitriding and oxidation formed layers that reveal relatively high corrosion resistance.

  3. Finite Element Simulation and Additive Manufacturing of Stiffness-Matched NiTi Fixation Hardware for Mandibular Reconstruction Surgery.

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    Jahadakbar, Ahmadreza; Shayesteh Moghaddam, Narges; Amerinatanzi, Amirhesam; Dean, David; Karaca, Haluk E; Elahinia, Mohammad

    2016-12-19

    Process parameters and post-processing heat treatment techniques have been developed to produce both shape memory and superelastic NiTi using Additive Manufacturing. By introducing engineered porosity, the stiffness of NiTi can be tuned to the level closely matching cortical bone. Using additively manufactured porous superelastic NiTi, we have proposed the use of patient-specific, stiffness-matched fixation hardware, for mandible skeletal reconstructive surgery. Currently, Ti-6Al-4V is the most commonly used material for skeletal fixation devices. Although this material offers more than sufficient strength for immobilization during the bone healing process, the high stiffness of Ti-6Al-4V implants can cause stress shielding. In this paper, we present a study of mandibular reconstruction that uses a dry cadaver mandible to validate our geometric and biomechanical design and fabrication (i.e., 3D printing) of NiTi skeletal fixation hardware. Based on the reference-dried mandible, we have developed a Finite Element model to evaluate the performance of the proposed fixation. Our results show a closer-to-normal stress distribution and an enhanced contact pressure at the bone graft interface than would be in the case with Ti-6Al-4V off-the-shelf fixation hardware. The porous fixation plates used in this study were fabricated by selective laser melting.

  4. Effect of high-pressure torsion on the microstructure and wear behavior of NiTi alloy

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    Farvizi, Mohammad; Akbarpour, Mohammad Reza; Yoon, Eun Yoo; Kim, Hyoung Seop

    2015-09-01

    The wear property of NiTi is one of the most important properties of this alloy. In the current study, the effect of high-pressure torsion (HPT) process on the wear properties of an austenitic NiTi shape memory alloy is investigated. Full density NiTi samples with a composition of Ti-56 wt% Ni are fabricated using hot isostatic pressing (HIP), followed by the HPT process at room temperature, with an applied pressure of 6 GPa for 10 turns. The microstructural analysis reveals that the HIP-processed samples with a B2-NiTi phase evolve into significant grain refinement after HPT process and an interwoven B2-B19' nanocrystalline/amorphous structure formed, leading to increased hardness in these samples. The results of the wear tests using a ball-on-disc configuration at room temperature demonstrate that the wear performance of the samples is improved after the HPT process. This is due to greater hardness and better pseudo-elasticity in the HPT-processed samples.

  5. Finite Element Simulation and Additive Manufacturing of Stiffness-Matched NiTi Fixation Hardware for Mandibular Reconstruction Surgery

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    Jahadakbar, Ahmadreza; Shayesteh Moghaddam, Narges; Amerinatanzi, Amirhesam; Dean, David; Karaca, Haluk E.; Elahinia, Mohammad

    2016-01-01

    Process parameters and post-processing heat treatment techniques have been developed to produce both shape memory and superelastic NiTi using Additive Manufacturing. By introducing engineered porosity, the stiffness of NiTi can be tuned to the level closely matching cortical bone. Using additively manufactured porous superelastic NiTi, we have proposed the use of patient-specific, stiffness-matched fixation hardware, for mandible skeletal reconstructive surgery. Currently, Ti-6Al-4V is the most commonly used material for skeletal fixation devices. Although this material offers more than sufficient strength for immobilization during the bone healing process, the high stiffness of Ti-6Al-4V implants can cause stress shielding. In this paper, we present a study of mandibular reconstruction that uses a dry cadaver mandible to validate our geometric and biomechanical design and fabrication (i.e., 3D printing) of NiTi skeletal fixation hardware. Based on the reference-dried mandible, we have developed a Finite Element model to evaluate the performance of the proposed fixation. Our results show a closer-to-normal stress distribution and an enhanced contact pressure at the bone graft interface than would be in the case with Ti-6Al-4V off-the-shelf fixation hardware. The porous fixation plates used in this study were fabricated by selective laser melting. PMID:28952598

  6. Fatigue of pseudoelastic NiTi within the stress-induced transformation regime: a modified Coffin-Manson approach

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    Maletta, C.; Sgambitterra, E.; Furgiuele, F.; Casati, R.; Tuissi, A.

    2012-11-01

    Strain controlled fatigue tests of a pseudoelastic nickel-titanium (NiTi) shape memory alloy (SMA) have been carried out in this investigation. In particular, flat dog-bone shaped specimens, obtained from commercial NiTi sheets, have been analyzed, under pull-pull loading conditions, in two subsequent steps: (i) material stabilization and (ii) fatigue life estimation. The first step was carried out to obtain a stable pseudoelastic response of the SMA, i.e. with no residual deformations upon unloading, and it can be regarded as a preliminary processing condition of the alloy. Results on functional fatigue, i.e. in terms of stabilized pseudoelastic response, and on structural fatigue, in terms of cycles to failure, are reported and discussed. Furthermore, a modified Coffin-Manson approach for fatigue life estimation of SMAs is proposed, which takes into account the strain mechanisms involved during repeated stress-induced martensitic transformations.

  7. Aluminum-matrix composites with embedded Ni-Ti wires by ultrasonic consolidation

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    Hahnlen, Ryan; Dapino, Marcelo J.; Short, Matt; Graff, Karl

    2009-03-01

    [Smart Vehicle Workshop] This paper presents the development of active aluminum-matrix composites manufactured by Ultrasonic Additive Manufacturing (UAM), an emerging rapid prototyping process based on ultrasonic metal welding. Composites created through UAM experience process temperatures as low as 20°C, in contrast to current metal-matrix fabrication processes which require fusion of materials and hence reach temperatures of 500°C and above. UAM thus creates unprecedented opportunities to develop adaptive structures with seamlessly embedded smart materials and electronic components without degrading the properties that make embedding these materials and components attractive. This research focuses on three aspects of developing UAM Ni-Ti/Al composites which have not been accomplished before: (i) Characterization of the mechanical properties of the composite matrix; (ii) Investigation of Ni-Ti/Al composites as tunable stiffness materials and as strain sensors based on the shape memory effect; and (iii) Development of constitutive models for UAM Ni-Ti/Al composites. The mechanical characterization shows an increase in tensile strength of aluminum UAM builds over the parent material (Al 3003-H18), likely due to grain refinement caused by the UAM process. We demonstrate the ability to embed Ni-Ti wires up to 203 μm in diameter in an aluminum matrix, compared with only 100 μm in previous studies. The resulting Ni-Ti/Al UAM composites have cross sectional area ratios of up to 13.4% Ni-Ti. These composites exhibit a change in stiffness of 6% and a resistivity change of -3% when the Ni- Ti wires undergo martensite to austenite transformation. The Ni-Ti area ratios and associated strength of the shape memory effect are expected to increase as the UAM process becomes better understood and is perfected. The Brinson constitutive model for shape memory transformations is used to describe the stiffness and the strain sensing of Ni-Ti/Al composites in response to

  8. Mechanical and shape memory properties of porous Ni50.1Ti49.9 alloys manufactured by selective laser melting.

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    Taheri Andani, Mohsen; Saedi, Soheil; Turabi, Ali Sadi; Karamooz, M R; Haberland, Christoph; Karaca, Haluk Ersin; Elahinia, Mohammad

    2017-04-01

    Near equiatomic NiTi shape memory alloys were fabricated in dense and designed porous forms by Selective Laser Melting (SLM) and their mechanical and shape memory properties were systematically characterized. Particularly, the effects of pore morphology on their mechanical responses were investigated. Dense and porous NiTi alloys exhibited good shape memory effect with a recoverable strain of about 5% and functional stability after eight cycles of compression. The stiffness and residual plastic strain of porous NiTi were found to depend highly on the pore shape and the level of porosity. Since porous NiTi structures have lower elastic modulus and density than dense NiTi with still good shape memory properties, they are promising materials for lightweight structures, energy absorbers, and biomedical implants. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  9. In situ X-ray nanotomography of metal surfaces during electropolishing

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    Nave, Maryana I.; Allen, Jason P.; Karen Chen-Wiegart, Yu-chen; Wang, Jun; Kalidindi, Surya R.; Kornev, Konstantin G.

    2015-10-15

    A low voltage electropolishing of metal wires is attractive for nanotechnology because it provides centimeter long and micrometer thick probes with the tip radius of tens of nanometers. Using X-ray nanotomography we studied morphological transformations of the surface of tungsten wires in a specially designed electrochemical cell where the wire is vertically submersed into the KOH electrolyte. We show that stability and uniformity of the probe span is supported by a porous shell growing at the surface of tungsten oxide and shielding the wire surface from flowing electrolyte. We discovered that the kinetics of shell growth at the triple line, where meniscus meets the wire, is very different from that of the bulk of electrolyte. Many metals follow similar electrochemical transformations hence the discovered morphological transformations of metal surfaces are expected to play significant role in many natural and technological applications.

  10. In situ X-ray nanotomography of metal surfaces during electropolishing

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    Nave, Maryana I.; Allen, Jason P.; Karen Chen-Wiegart, Yu-chen; ...

    2015-10-15

    A low voltage electropolishing of metal wires is attractive for nanotechnology because it provides centimeter long and micrometer thick probes with the tip radius of tens of nanometers. Using X-ray nanotomography we studied morphological transformations of the surface of tungsten wires in a specially designed electrochemical cell where the wire is vertically submersed into the KOH electrolyte. We show that stability and uniformity of the probe span is supported by a porous shell growing at the surface of tungsten oxide and shielding the wire surface from flowing electrolyte. We discovered that the kinetics of shell growth at the triple line,more » where meniscus meets the wire, is very different from that of the bulk of electrolyte. Many metals follow similar electrochemical transformations hence the discovered morphological transformations of metal surfaces are expected to play significant role in many natural and technological applications.« less

  11. Annealing to Mitigate Pitting in Electropolished Niobium Coupons and SRF Cavities

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    Cooley, L.D.; Hahn, E.; Hicks, D.; Romanenko, A.; Schuessler, R.; Thompson, C.; /Fermilab

    2011-06-08

    Ongoing studies at Fermilab investigate whether dislocations and other factors instigate pitting during cavity electropolishing (EP), despite careful processing controls and the inherent leveling mechanism of EP itself. Here, cold-worked niobium coupons, which exhibited increased tendencies for pitting in our past study, were annealed in a high vacuum furnace and subsequently processed by EP. Laser confocal scanning microscopy and special defect counting algorithms were used to assess the population of pits formed. Hardness measurements indicated that annealing for 2 hours at 800 C produced recovery, whereas annealing for 12 hours at 600 C did not, as is consistent with known changes for cavities annealed in a similar way. The 800 C anneal was effective in some cases but not others, and we discuss reasons why tendencies for pitting remain. We discuss implications for cavities and continued work to understand pitting.

  12. In situ X-ray nanotomography of metal surfaces during electropolishing

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    Nave, Maryana I.; Allen, Jason P.; Karen Chen-Wiegart, Yu-chen; Wang, Jun; Kalidindi, Surya R.; Kornev, Konstantin G.

    2015-01-01

    A low voltage electropolishing of metal wires is attractive for nanotechnology because it provides centimeter long and micrometer thick probes with the tip radius of tens of nanometers. Using X-ray nanotomography we studied morphological transformations of the surface of tungsten wires in a specially designed electrochemical cell where the wire is vertically submersed into the KOH electrolyte. It is shown that stability and uniformity of the probe span is supported by a porous shell growing at the surface of tungsten oxide and shielding the wire surface from flowing electrolyte. It is discovered that the kinetics of shell growth at the triple line, where meniscus meets the wire, is very different from that of the bulk of electrolyte. Many metals follow similar electrochemical transformations hence the discovered morphological transformations of metal surfaces are expected to play significant role in many natural and technological applications. PMID:26469184

  13. Surface characterization of Nb samples electropolished together with real superconducting rf accelerator cavities

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    Xin Zhao; Geng, Rong -Li; Tyagi, P. V.; ...

    2010-12-30

    Here, we report the results of surface characterizations of niobium (Nb) samples electropolished together with a single cell superconducting radio-frequency accelerator cavity. These witness samples were located in three regions of the cavity, namely at the equator, the iris and the beam-pipe. Auger electron spectroscopy (AES) was utilized to probe the chemical composition of the topmost four atomic layers. Scanning electron microscopy with energy dispersive X-ray for elemental analysis (SEM/EDX) was used to observe the surface topography and chemical composition at the micrometer scale. A few atomic layers of sulfur (S) were found covering the samples non-uniformly. Niobium oxide granulesmore » with a sharp geometry were observed on every sample. Some Nb-O granules appeared to also contain sulfur.« less

  14. SURFACE CHARACTERIZATION OF NIOBIUM SAMPLES ELECTRO-POLISHED TOGETHER WITH REAL CAVITIES

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    Zhao, Xin; Geng, Rongli; Funahashi, Y.; Hayano, H.; Kato, S.; Nishiwaki, M.; Saeki, T.; Sawabe, M.; Ueno, K.; Watanabe, K.; Tyagi, P. V.

    2009-11-01

    We report the results of surface characterizations of niobium samples electropolished together with single cell cavities. These witness samples were located in three regions of the cavity, namely at the equator, the iris and the beam-pipe. Auger electron spectroscopy (AES) was utilized to probe the chemical composition of the topmost four atomic layers. Scanning electron microscopy with energy dispersive x-ray for elemental analysis (SEM/EDX) was used to observe the surface topography and chemical composition at the micrometer scale. A few atomic layers of sulphur (S) were found covering the samples non-uniformly. Niobium oxide granules with a sharp geometry were observed on every sample. Some Nb-O granules appeared to also contain sulphur.

  15. Surface characterization of Nb samples electropolished together with real superconducting rf accelerator cavities

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    Xin Zhao; Geng, Rong -Li; Tyagi, P. V.; Hayano, Hitoshi; Kato, Shigeki; Nishiwaki, Michiru; Saeki, Takayuki; Sawabe, Motoaki

    2010-12-30

    Here, we report the results of surface characterizations of niobium (Nb) samples electropolished together with a single cell superconducting radio-frequency accelerator cavity. These witness samples were located in three regions of the cavity, namely at the equator, the iris and the beam-pipe. Auger electron spectroscopy (AES) was utilized to probe the chemical composition of the topmost four atomic layers. Scanning electron microscopy with energy dispersive X-ray for elemental analysis (SEM/EDX) was used to observe the surface topography and chemical composition at the micrometer scale. A few atomic layers of sulfur (S) were found covering the samples non-uniformly. Niobium oxide granules with a sharp geometry were observed on every sample. Some Nb-O granules appeared to also contain sulfur.

  16. Simulation of nonlinear superconducting rf losses derived from characteristic topography of etched and electropolished niobium surfaces

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    Xu, Chen; Reece, Charles E.; Kelley, Michael J.

    2016-03-01

    A simplified numerical model has been developed to simulate nonlinear superconducting radiofrequency (SRF) losses on Nb surfaces. This study focuses exclusively on excessive surface resistance (Rs ) losses due to the microscopic topographical magnetic field enhancements. When the enhanced local surface magnetic field exceeds the superconducting critical transition magnetic field Hc , small volumes of surface material may become normal conducting and increase the effective surface resistance without inducing a quench. We seek to build an improved quantitative characterization of this qualitative model. Using topographic data from typical buffered chemical polish (BCP)- and electropolish (EP)-treated fine grain niobium, we have estimated the resulting field-dependent losses and extrapolated this model to the implications for cavity performance. The model predictions correspond well to the characteristic BCP versus EP high field Q0 performance differences for fine grain niobium. We describe the algorithm of the model, its limitations, and the effects of this nonlinear loss contribution on SRF cavity performance.

  17. In situ X-ray nanotomography of metal surfaces during electropolishing

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    Nave, Maryana I.; Allen, Jason P.; Karen Chen-Wiegart, Yu-Chen; Wang, Jun; Kalidindi, Surya R.; Kornev, Konstantin G.

    2015-10-01

    A low voltage electropolishing of metal wires is attractive for nanotechnology because it provides centimeter long and micrometer thick probes with the tip radius of tens of nanometers. Using X-ray nanotomography we studied morphological transformations of the surface of tungsten wires in a specially designed electrochemical cell where the wire is vertically submersed into the KOH electrolyte. It is shown that stability and uniformity of the probe span is supported by a porous shell growing at the surface of tungsten oxide and shielding the wire surface from flowing electrolyte. It is discovered that the kinetics of shell growth at the triple line, where meniscus meets the wire, is very different from that of the bulk of electrolyte. Many metals follow similar electrochemical transformations hence the discovered morphological transformations of metal surfaces are expected to play significant role in many natural and technological applications.

  18. Modeling the effects of stress state and crystal orientation on the stress-induced transformation of NiTi single crystals

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    Buchheit, T.E.; Wert, J.A. . Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering)

    1994-11-01

    A model that combines the phenomenological theory of martensite with a generalized Schmid's law has been used to predict the principal stress combinations required to induce the martensitic transformation in unconstrained NiTi shape memory alloy (SMA) single crystals. The transformation surfaces prescribed by the model are anisotropic and asymmetric, reflecting the unidirectional character of shear on individual martensite habit planes. Model predictions of the transformation strain as a function of stress axis orientation for uniaxial applied stress further demonstrate the anisotropy of the stress-induced transformation in NiTi single crystals. Model results for the uniaxial stress case compare favorably with previously published experimental observations for aged NiTi single crystals.

  19. Substrate temperature effects on laser crystallized NiTi thin films

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    Birnbaum, A. J.; Yao, Y. L.; Chung, Ui-Jin; Im, James S.; Huang, X.; Ramirez, A. G.

    2009-04-01

    Amorphous sputter-deposited NiTi thin films were subjected to pulsed, melt-mediated laser crystallization techniques to engineer their microstructure. The effects of laser processing of preheated films are examined. Laser processing of films at an elevated substrate temperature has a significant effect on the rate with which solidification occurs. It is observed that the preheating temperature at which processing is carried out has significant implications for the resulting phase and microstructure, and therefore mechanical properties. Furthermore, the microstructural effects of varying incident laser energy density are examined via atomic force microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, and x-ray diffraction, and mechanical/shape memory properties are characterized via nanoindentation.

  20. The Effect of Pre-Stressing on the Static Indentation Load Capacity of the Superelastic 60NiTi

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    DellaCorte, Christopher; Moore, Lewis E., III; Clifton, Joshua S.

    2013-01-01

    Superelastic nickel-titanium alloys, such as 60NiTi (60Ni-40Ti by wt.%), are under development for use in mechanical components like rolling element bearings and gears. Compared to traditional bearing steels, these intermetallic alloys, when properly heat-treated, are hard but exhibit much lower elastic modulus (approx.100 GPa) and a much broader elastic deformation range (approx.3 percent or more). These material characteristics lead to high indentation static load capacity, which is important for certain applications especially space mechanisms. To ensure the maximum degree of elastic behavior, superelastic materials must be pre-stressed, a process referred to as "training" in shape memory effect (SME) terminology, at loads and stresses beyond expected use conditions. In this paper, static indentation load capacity tests are employed to assess the effects of pre-stressing on elastic response behavior of 60NiTi. The static load capacity is measured by pressing 12.7 mm diameter ceramic Si3N4 balls into highly polished, hardened 60NiTi flat plates that have previously been exposed to varying levels of pre-stress (up to 2.7 GPa) to determine the load that results in shallow but measurable (0.6 m, 25 in. deep) permanent dents. Hertz stress calculations are used to estimate contact stress. Without exposure to pre-stress, the 60NiTi surface can withstand an approximately 3400 kN load before significant denting (>0.4 m deep) occurs. When pre-stressed to 2.7 GPa, a static load of 4900 kN is required to achieve a comparable dent, a 30 percent increase. These results suggest that stressing contact surfaces prior to use enhances the static indentation load capacity of the superelastic 60NiTi. This approach may be adaptable to the engineering and manufacture of highly resilient mechanical components such as rolling element bearings.

  1. Nonequiatomic NiTi Alloy Produced by Self Propagating High Temperature Synthesis

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    Bassani, P.; Bassani, E.; Tuissi, A.; Giuliani, P.; Zanotti, C.

    2014-07-01

    Shape memory alloy NiTi in porous form is of high interest as implantable material, as low apparent elastic modulus, comparable to that of bone, can be achieved. This condition, combined with proper pore size, allows good osteointegration. Porous NiTi can be produced by self propagating high temperature synthesis (SHS), starting from mixed powders of pure Ni and Ti. Process parameters, among which powder compaction degree and preheating temperature, strongly influence the reaction temperature and the resulting product: at low reaction temperatures, high quantity of secondary phases are formed, which are generally considered detrimental for biocompatibility. On the contrary, at higher reaction temperatures, the powders melt and crystallize in ingots. The porous structure is lost and huge pores are formed. Mechanical activation of powders through ball milling and addition of TiH x are investigated as means to reduce reaction temperature and overheating, in order to preserve high porosity and limit secondary phases content. Both processes affect SHS reaction, and require adjustment of parameters such as heating rate. Changes in porous shape and size were observed especially for TiH x additions: the latter could be a promising route to obtain shaped porous products of improved quality.

  2. Atomistic Modeling of Pd Site Preference in NiTi

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    Bozzolo, Guillermo; Noebe, Ronald D.; Mosca, Hugo O.

    2004-01-01

    An analysis of the site subsitution behavior of Pd in NiTi was performed using the BFS method for alloys. Through a combination of Monte Carlo simulations and detailed atom-by-atom energetic analyses of various computational cells, representing compositions of NiTi with up to 10 at% Pd, a detailed understanding of site occupancy of Pd in NiTi was revealed. Pd subsituted at the expense of Ni in a NiTi alloy will prefer the Ni-sites. Pd subsituted at the expense of Ti shows a very weak preference for Ti-sites that diminishes as the amount of Pd in the alloy increases and as the temperature increases.

  3. Stress serration and arch-shaped Lüders stress plateau behaviour of Ti-50.8 at% Ni wire prepared by selective electrical resistance over-aging

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    Meng, Qinglin; Wu, Zhigang; Bakhtiari, Reza; Zhang, Junsong; Yang, Hong; Liu, Yinong

    2016-11-01

    Joule heating of NiTi shape memory alloy wires is a commonly applied technique for heat treatment and shape setting in many applications. Another innovative use of this method is to produce functionally graded NiTi. In this study, NiTi wires with spatially varied shape memory characteristics along the length were created by electrical resistance over-aging of a Ni-rich superelastic NiTi alloy. The stress-strain behaviour of such wires exhibited some new and unique characteristics during the stress-induced martensitic transformation, including two discrete stress plateaus, stress serration during transition between the two stress plateaus and an arch-shaped stress plateau in the over-aged section. These unique features have direct implications to design using NiTi alloys and the underlying mechanisms are explained in this study.

  4. Basic Electropolishing Process Research and Development in Support of Improved Reliable Performance SRF Cavities for the Future Accelerator

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    H. Tian, C.E. Reece,M.J. Kelley

    2009-05-01

    Future accelerators require unprecedented cavity performance, which is strongly influenced by interior surface nanosmoothness. Electropolishing is the technique of choice to be developed for high-field superconducting radiofrequency cavities. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and related techniques point to the electropolishing mechanism of Nb in a sulfuric and hydrofluoric acid electrolyte of controlled by a compact surface salt film under F- diffusion-limited mass transport control. These and other findings are currently guiding a systematic characterization to form the basis for cavity process optimization, such as flowrate, electrolyte composition and temperature. This integrated analysis is expected to provide optimum EP parameter sets for a controlled, reproducible and uniform surface leveling for Nb SRF cavities.

  5. Length scale effects and multiscale modeling of thermally induced phase transformation kinetics in NiTi SMA

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    Frantziskonis, George N.; Gur, Sourav

    2017-06-01

    Thermally induced phase transformation in NiTi shape memory alloys (SMAs) shows strong size and shape, collectively termed length scale effects, at the nano to micrometer scales, and that has important implications for the design and use of devices and structures at such scales. This paper, based on a recently developed multiscale model that utilizes molecular dynamics (MDs) simulations at small scales and MD-verified phase field (PhF) simulations at larger scales, reports results on specific length scale effects, i.e. length scale effects in martensite phase fraction (MPF) evolution, transformation temperatures (martensite and austenite start and finish) and in the thermally cyclic transformation between austenitic and martensitic phase. The multiscale study identifies saturation points for length scale effects and studies, for the first time, the length scale effect on the kinetics (i.e. developed internal strains) in the B19‧ phase during phase transformation. The major part of the work addresses small scale single crystals in specific orientations. However, the multiscale method is used in a unique and novel way to indirectly study length scale and grain size effects on evolution kinetics in polycrystalline NiTi, and to compare the simulation results to experiments. The interplay of the grain size and the length scale effect on the thermally induced MPF evolution is also shown in this present study. Finally, the multiscale coupling results are employed to improve phenomenological material models for NiTi SMA.

  6. Surface amorphization of NiTi alloy induced by Ultrasonic Nanocrystal Surface Modification for improved mechanical properties.

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    Ye, Chang; Zhou, Xianfeng; Telang, Abhishek; Gao, Hongyu; Ren, Zhencheng; Qin, Haifeng; Suslov, Sergey; Gill, Amrinder S; Mannava, S R; Qian, Dong; Doll, Gary L; Martini, Ashlie; Sahai, Nita; Vasudevan, Vijay K

    2016-01-01

    We report herein the effects of Ultrasonic Nano-crystal Surface Modification (UNSM), a severe surface plastic deformation process, on the microstructure, mechanical (hardness, wear), wettability and biocompatibility properties of NiTi shape memory alloy. Complete surface amorphization of NiTi was achieved by this process, which was confirmed by X-ray diffraction and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy. The wear resistance of the samples after UNSM processing was significantly improved compared with the non-processed samples due to increased surface hardness of the alloy by this process. In addition, cell culture study demonstrated that the biocompatibility of the samples after UNSM processing has not been compromised compared to the non-processed sample. The combination of high wear resistance and good biocompatibility makes UNSM an appealing process for treating alloy-based biomedical devices.

  7. Cutting Speed Dependent Microstructure and Transformation Behavior of NiTi Alloy in Dry and Cryogenic Machining

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    Kaynak, Y.; Karaca, H. E.; Jawahir, I. S.

    2015-01-01

    The effects of cutting speed in cryogenic and dry machining on the surface integrity characteristics (the affected layer, microhardness, transformation response, transformation temperature, and latent heat for transformation) of NiTi shape memory alloys are investigated. It has been found that the cutting speed has remarkable effects on the surface and subsurface properties of machined NiTi alloys. Increased cutting speed results in decreased subsurface hardness and increased latent heat for phase transformation. In general, the depth of affected layers decreases with increased cutting speed in dry and cryogenic machining. Chips show a similar behavior as affected layer in terms of transformation response and microhardness. Cryogenic machining is found to have greater effects on the surface and subsurface properties of the machined work material in comparison with dry machining at all given cutting speeds.

  8. Effect of Particle Size of Titanium and Nickel on the Synthesis of NiTi by TE-SHS

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    Novák, Pavel; Veselý, Tomáš; Marek, Ivo; Dvořák, Petr; Vojtěch, Vladimír; Salvetr, Pavel; Karlík, Miroslav; Haušild, Petr; Kopeček, Jaromír

    2016-04-01

    In this work, the influence of the particle size of nickel and titanium on the synthesis of NiTi shape memory alloy by self-propagating high-temperature synthesis (SHS) was investigated. It was found that coarse titanium and nickel powders undergo only a limited SHS reaction. On the other hand, too fine powders support the low-temperature diffusional formation of NiTi intermetallics at 773 K to 1073 K (500 °C to 800 °C) which could then suppress the SHS reaction. The optimum powder fraction of both nickel and titanium to achieve the most intensive SHS reaction is 25 to 45 µm. The influence of the particle size of both nickel and titanium on the reaction mechanism is discussed in terms of the microstructure evolution, phase, and chemical composition changes and thermal effects determined by differential thermal analysis.

  9. SEM evaluation of root canal dentin morphology after Ni-Ti instrumentation.

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    Pirani, Chiara; Feletti, Giovanni; Cretti, Roberto; Acquaviva, Giovanni Luca; Marchionni, Silvia; Prati, Carlo

    2009-01-01

    The aim of this study was to compare, through scanning electron microscope (SEM), the ability of four Ni-Ti rotary instrument systems in shaping root canal walls and their ability in removing smear layer and dentin debris. Forty-six extracted single-rooted human teeth were divided into four groups and prepared to size 35 (Alpha System, FlexMaster, MFile) or 30 (NRT files). Irrigation was carried out with NaOCl and EDTA. Three parameters were evaluated in the coronal, middle, and apical thirds of the root canals: smear layer morphology, pulpal-inorganic debris presence and surface profile morphology. Data were statistically analyzed using the Kruskal-Wallis test (ANOVA). None of the Ni-Ti rotary instrument systems resulted in being able to obtain constantly regular shaped surfaces in apical thirds, where smear layer, pulpal and inorganic debris were often present. NRT file specimens resulted in being relatively free from debris and smear layer and gained better results and scores at any canal level.

  10. Rapid Laser Induced Crystallization of Amorphous NiTi Films Observed by Nanosecond Dynamic Transmission Electron Microscopy (DTEM)

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    LaGrange, T; Campbell, G H; Browning, N D; Reed, B W; Grummon, D S

    2010-03-01

    The crystallization processes of the as-deposited, amorphous NiTi thin films have been studied in detail using techniques such as differential scanning calorimetry and, in-situ TEM. The kinetic data have been analyzed in terms of Johnson-Mehl-Avrami-Kolomogrov (JMAK) semi-empirical formula. The kinetic parameters determined from this analysis have been useful in defining process control parameters for tailoring microstructural features and shape memory properties. Due to the commercial push to shrink thin film-based devices, unique processing techniques have been developed using laser-based annealing to spatially control the microstructure evolution down to sub-micron levels. Nanosecond, pulse laser annealing is particularly attractive since it limits the amount of peripheral heating and unwanted microstructural changes to underlying or surrounding material. However, crystallization under pulsed laser irradiation can differ significantly from conventional thermal annealing, e.g., slow heating in a furnace. This is especially true for amorphous NiTi materials and relevant for shape memory thin film based microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) applications. There is little to no data on the crystallization kinetics of NiTi under pulsed laser irradiation, primarily due to the high crystallization rates intrinsic to high temperature annealing and the spatial and temporal resolution limits of standard techniques. However, with the high time and spatial resolution capabilities of the dynamic transmission electron microscope (DTEM) constructed at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, the rapid nucleation events occurring from pulsed laser irradiation can be directly observed and nucleation rates can be quantified. This paper briefly explains the DTEM approach and how it used to investigate the pulsed laser induced crystallization processes in NiTi and to determine kinetic parameters.

  11. Covalent Functionalization of NiTi Surfaces with Bioactive Peptide Amphiphile Nanofibers

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    Sargeant, Timothy D.; Rao, Mukti S.; Koh, Chung-Yan

    2009-01-01

    Surface modification enables the creation of bioactive implants using traditional material substrates without altering the mechanical properties of the bulk material. For applications such as bone plates and stents, it is desirable to modify the surface of metal alloy substrates to facilitate cellular attachment, proliferation, and possibly differentiation. In this work we present a general strategy for altering the surface chemistry of nickel-titanium shape memory alloy (NiTi) in order to covalently attach self-assembled peptide amphiphile (PA) nanofibers with bioactive functions. Bioactivity in the systems studied here includes biological adhesion and proliferation of osteoblast and endothelial cell types. The optimized surface treatment creates a uniform TiO2 layer with low levels of Ni on the NiTi surface, which is subsequently covered with an aminopropylsilane coating using a novel, lower temperature vapor deposition method. This method produces an aminated surface suitable for covalent attachment of PA molecules containing terminal carboxylic acid groups. The functionalized NiTi surfaces have been characterized by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectroscopy (ToF-SIMS), and atomic force microscopy (AFM). These techniques offer evidence that the treated metal surfaces consist primarily of TiO2 with very little Ni, and also confirm the presence of the aminopropylsilane overlayer. Self-assembled PA nanofibers presenting the biological peptide adhesion sequence Arg-Gly-Asp-Ser are capable of covalently anchoring to the treated substrate, as demonstrated by spectrofluorimetry and AFM. Cell culture and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) demonstrate cellular adhesion, spreading, and proliferation on these functionalized metal surfaces. Furthermore, these experiments demonstrate that covalent attachment is crucial for creating robust PA nanofiber coatings, leading to confluent cell monolayers. PMID:18083225

  12. Influence of Electropolishing and Magnetoelectropolishing on Corrosion and Biocompatibility of Titanium Implants

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    Rahman, Zia ur; Pompa, Luis; Haider, Waseem

    2014-11-01

    Titanium alloys are playing a vital role in the field of biomaterials due to their excellent corrosion resistance and biocompatibility. These alloys enhance the quality and longevity of human life by replacing or treating various parts of the body. However, as these materials are in constant contact with the aggressive body fluids, corrosion of these alloys leads to metal ions release. These ions leach to the adjacent tissues and result in adverse biological reactions and mechanical failure of implant. Surface modifications are used to improve corrosion resistance and biological activity without changing their bulk properties. In this investigation, electropolishing and magnetoelectropolishing were carried out on commercially pure titanium, Ti6Al4V, and Ti6Al4V-ELI. These surface modifications are known to effect surface charge, chemistry, morphology; wettability, corrosion resistance, and biocompatibility of these materials. In vitro cyclic potentiodynamic polarization tests were conducted in phosphate buffer saline in compliance with ASTM standard F-2129-12. The surface morphology, roughness, and wettability of these alloys were studied using scanning electron microscope, atomic force microscope, and contact angle meter, respectively. Moreover, biocompatibility of titanium alloys was assessed by growing MC3T3 pre-osteoblast cells on them.

  13. Removal of tarnishing and roughness of copper surface by electropolishing treatment

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    Awad, A. M.; Ghany, N. A. Abdel; Dahy, T. M.

    2010-04-01

    Tarnishing and roughness of copper surface can be removed by electropolishing treatment (EP) imparting a bright and smooth surface at suitable conditions, e.g. current density, time, temperature, and viscosity. It was carried out by using an electrolytic cell containing phosphoric acid 55% as the electrolytic solution. Both copper working electrode and lead counter electrode, and reference electrode (SCE) were connected to a Potentiostat/Galvanostat to allow an electric current to pass through the solution. Some additives such as soluble starch, ethylene glycol, and methanol were added to reduce defects formed on the copper surface during EP process. The results showed that the highest gloss value was obtained by applying electric potential 1.5 V at the passive region of polarization curve. The surface was investigated after EP treatment, where SEM and EDX showed lower roughness in case of addition of both soluble starch and ethylene glycol more than methanol. Moreover, AFM analysis showed the lowest roughness in case of soluble starch more than other additives.

  14. Simulation of nonlinear superconducting rf losses derived from characteristic topography of etched and electropolished niobium surfaces

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    Xu, Chen; Reece, Charles E.; Kelley, Michael J.

    2016-03-22

    A simplified numerical model has been developed to simulate nonlinear superconducting radiofrequency (SRF) losses on Nb surfaces. This study focuses exclusively on excessive surface resistance (Rs) losses due to the microscopic topographical magnetic field enhancements. When the enhanced local surface magnetic field exceeds the superconducting critical transition magnetic field Hc, small volumes of surface material may become normal conducting and increase the effective surface resistance without inducing a quench. We seek to build an improved quantitative characterization of this qualitative model. Using topographic data from typical buffered chemical polish (BCP)- and electropolish (EP)-treated fine grain niobium, we have estimated themore » resulting field-dependent losses and extrapolated this model to the implications for cavity performance. The model predictions correspond well to the characteristic BCP versus EP high field Q0 performance differences for fine grain niobium. Lastly, we describe the algorithm of the model, its limitations, and the effects of this nonlinear loss contribution on SRF cavity performance.« less

  15. Studies on the Electro-Polishing process with Nb sample plates at KEK

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    Saeki, Takayuki; Funahashi, Y.; Hayano, Hitoshi; Kato, Seigo; Nishiwaki, Michiru; Sawabe, Motoaki; Ueno, Kenji; Watanabe, K.; Clemens, William A.; Geng, Rongli; Manus, Robert L.; Tyagi, Puneet

    2009-11-01

    In this article, two subjects would be described. the first subject is on the production of stains on the surface of Nb sample plates in Electro-polishing (EP) process and the second subject is on the development of defects/pits in the EP process on the surface of a Nb sample plate. Recently, some 9-cell cavities were treated with new EP acid at KEK and the performance of these cavities were limited by heavy field emissions. On the inside surface of these cavities, brown stains were observed. We made an effort to reproduce the brown stains on Nb sample plates with an EP setup in laboratory with varying the concentration of Nibium in the EP acid. We found that the brown stains would appear only when processed with new EP acid. In the second subject, we made artificial pits on the surface of a Nb-sample plate and observed the development of the pits after each step of 30um-EP process where 120um was removed in total by the EP process. This article describes these series EP-tests with Nb sample plates at KEK.

  16. Understanding the Shape-Memory Alloys Used in Orthodontics

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    Fernandes, Daniel J.; Peres, Rafael V.; Mendes, Alvaro M.; Elias, Carlos N.

    2011-01-01

    Nickel-titanium (NiTi) shape-memory alloys (SMAs) have been used in the manufacture of orthodontic wires due to their shape memory properties, super-elasticity, high ductility, and resistance to corrosion. SMAs have greater strength and lower modulus of elasticity when compared with stainless steel alloys. The pseudoelastic behavior of NiTi wires means that on unloading they return to their original shape by delivering light continuous forces over a wider range of deformation which is claimed to allow dental displacements. The aim of this paper is to discuss the physical, metallurgical, and mechanical properties of NiTi used in Orthodontics in order to analyze the shape memory properties, super-elasticity, and thermomechanical characteristics of SMA. PMID:21991455

  17. Spallation in NiTi under One-Dimensional Shock Loading

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    Wallwork, A.; Workman, A.; Meziere, Y. J. E.; Millett, J. C. F.; Bourne, N. K.

    2006-07-28

    The dynamic response of the shape memory alloy NiTi has been of interest to a number of investigators because it displays a shape memory effect. The dynamic tensile (spall) strength of this material is measured under one-dimensional shock loading. The loading stress pulse length and impact stress were varied to a peak stress of 15 GPa. The pull back stress ({sigma}pbs) was found to increase with the applied pulse length. This suggests that the dynamic tensile strength is dependent upon the generation of a deformation micro structure that evolves behind the shock front. In contrast, increasing stress levels result in a near-constant pull back stress, although at the lowest applied stress, spallation did not occur.

  18. Development of Biomimetic NiTi Alloy: Influence of Thermo-Chemical Treatment on the Physical, Mechanical and Biological Behavior

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    Rupérez, Elisa; Manero, José María; Bravo-González, Luis-Alberto; Espinar, Eduardo; Gil, F.J.

    2016-01-01

    A bioactive layer, free of nickel, has been performed for its greater acceptability and reliability in clinical applications for NiTi shape memory alloys. In the first step, a safe barrier against Ni release has been produced on the surface by means of a thicker rutile/anastase protective layer free of nickel. In the second step, a sodium alkaline titanate hydrogel, which has the ability to induce apatite formation, has been performed from oxidized surface. An improvement of host tissue–implant integration has been achieved in terms of Ni ions release and the bioactivity of the treated NiTi alloys has been corroborated with both in vitro and in vivo studies. The transformation temperatures (As, Af, Ms, and Mf), as well as the critical stresses (σβ⇔M), have been slightly changed due to this surface modification. Consequently, this fact must be taken into account in order to design new surface modification on NiTi implants. PMID:28773526

  19. Linking simulations and experiments for the multiscale tracking of thermally induced martensitic phase transformation in NiTi SMA

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    Gur, Sourav; Frantziskonis, George N.

    2016-10-01

    Martensitic phase transformation in NiTi shape memory alloys (SMA) occurs over a hierarchy of spatial scales, as evidenced from observed multiscale patterns of the martensitic phase fraction, which depend on the material microstructure and on the size of the SMA specimen. This paper presents a methodology for the multiscale tracking of the thermally induced martensitic phase transformation process in NiTi SMA. Fine scale stochastic phase field simulations are coupled to macroscale experimental measurements through the compound wavelet matrix method (CWM). A novel process for obtaining CWM fine scale wavelet coefficients is used that enhances the effectiveness of the method in transferring uncertainties from fine to coarse scales, and also ensures the preservation of spatial correlations in the phase fraction pattern. Size effects, well-documented in the literature, play an important role in designing the multiscale tracking methodology. Molecular dynamics (MD) simulations are employed to verify the phase field simulations in terms of different statistical measures and to demonstrate size effects at the nanometer scale. The effects of thermally induced martensite phase fraction uncertainties on the constitutive response of NiTi SMA is demonstrated.

  20. NiTi superelastic orthodontic archwires with polyamide coating.

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    Bravo, L A; de Cabañes, A González; Manero, J M; Rúperez, E; Gil, F Javier

    2014-02-01

    Twenty orthodontic archwires with 55.2% Ni and 44.8% Ti (% weight) were subjected to a dipping treatment to coat the NiTi surface by a polyamide polymer. It has been selected a Polyamide 11 due to its remarkable long lasting performance. The transformation temperatures as well as the transformation stresses of the NiTi alloy were determined in order to know whether the coating process can alter its properties. The adhesive wear tests have been demonstrated that the wear rates as well as the dynamic friction coefficients μ of polymer coated wires are much lower than metallic wires. The corrosion studies have shown that the use of this polymer, as coating, seals the NiTi surface to prevent corrosion and the release of nickel ions. The average decrease of Ni ions release due to this coating is around 85%.

  1. The effect of heating rate on the surface chemistry of NiTi.

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    Undisz, Andreas; Hanke, Robert; Freiberg, Katharina E; Hoffmann, Volker; Rettenmayr, Markus

    2014-11-01

    The impact of the heating rate on the Ni content at the surface of the oxide layer of biomedical NiTi is explored. Heat treatment emulating common shape-setting procedures was performed by means of conventional and inductive heating for similar annealing time and temperature, applying various heating rates from ~0.25 K s(-1) to 250 K s(-1). A glow discharge optical emission spectroscopy method was established and employed to evaluate concentration profiles of Ni, Ti and O in the near-surface region at high resolution. The Ni content at the surface of the differently treated samples varies significantly, with maximum surface Ni concentrations of ~20 at.% at the lowest and ~1.5 at.% at the highest heating rate, i.e. the total amount of Ni contained in the surface region of the oxide layer decreases by >15 times. Consequently, the heating rate is a determinant for the biomedical characteristics of NiTi, especially since Ni available at the surface of the oxide layer may affect the hemocompatibility and be released promptly after surgical application of a respective implant. Furthermore, apparently contradictory results presented in the literature reporting surface Ni concentrations of ~3 at.% to >20 at.% after heat treatment are consistently explained considering the ascertained effect of the heating rate.

  2. Dual measurement self-sensing technique of NiTi actuators for use in robust control

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    Gurley, Austin; Lambert, Tyler Ross; Beale, David; Broughton, Royall

    2017-10-01

    Using a shape memory alloy actuator as both an actuator and a sensor provides huge benefits in cost reduction and miniaturization of robotic devices. Despite much effort, reliable and robust self-sensing (using the actuator as a position sensor) had not been achieved for general temperature, loading, hysteresis path, and fatigue conditions. Prior research has sought to model the intricacies of the electrical resistivity changes within the NiTi material. However, for the models to be solvable, nearly every previous technique only models the actuator within very specific boundary conditions. Here, we measure both the voltage across the entire NiTi wire and of a fixed-length segment of it; these dual measurements allow direct calculation of the actuator length without a material model. We review previous self-sensing literature, illustrate the mechanism design that makes the new technique possible, and use the dual measurement technique to determine the length of a single straight wire actuator under controlled conditions. This robust measurement can be used for feedback control in unknown ambient and loading conditions.

  3. Ab initio simulations of phase stability and martensitic transitions in NiTi

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    Haskins, Justin B.; Thompson, Alexander E.; Lawson, John W.

    2016-12-01

    For NiTi-based alloys, the shape memory effect is governed by a transition from a low-temperature martensite phase to a high-temperature austenite phase. Despite considerable experimental and computational work, basic questions regarding the stability of the phases and the martensitic phase transition remain unclear even for the simple case of binary, equiatomic NiTi. We perform ab initio molecular dynamics simulations to describe the temperature-dependent behavior of NiTi and resolve several of these outstanding issues. Structural correlation functions and finite temperature phonon spectra are evaluated to determine phase stability. We show that finite temperature, entropic effects stabilize the experimentally observed martensite (B19') and austenite (B2) phases while destabilizing the theoretically predicted (B33) phase. Free energy computations based on ab initio thermodynamic integration confirm these results and permit estimates of the transition temperature between the phases. In addition to the martensitic phase transition, we predict a new transition between the B33 and B19' phases. The role of defects in suppressing phase transformation temperatures is discussed.

  4. Corrosion and wear-corrosion behavior of NiTi modified by plasma source ion implantation.

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    Tan, L; Dodd, R A; Crone, W C

    2003-10-01

    The understanding of corrosion behavior in NiTi is critical for the devices using this shape-memory alloy. In order to improve the surface properties of NiTi such as corrosion resistance, plasma source ion implantation (PSII) technique was employed with oxygen as incident ions at three levels of implantation dose (5x10(16), 1x10(17) and 3x10(17) ions/cm(-2)). Pitting corrosion and wear-corrosion behavior of control and PSII-modified Ti-50.7at% Ni alloy were evaluated by cyclic potentiodynamic polarization and wear-corrosion measurements. Surface characterization was used to interpret the different corrosion behavior observed between control and oxygen-implanted samples. Results showed that corrosion behavior was influenced by both heat treatment and surface modification. The best pitting corrosion resistance was observed for samples with Af=21 degrees C modified by oxygen implantation at a dose of 1x10(17) ions/cm(-2). Better wear-corrosion resistance was observed for oxygen-implanted samples.

  5. Inclusions Size-based Fatigue Life Prediction Model of NiTi Alloy for Biomedical Applications

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    Urbano, Marco Fabrizio; Cadelli, Andrea; Sczerzenie, Frank; Luccarelli, Pietro; Beretta, Stefano; Coda, Alberto

    2015-06-01

    Current standards consider the size and distribution of inclusions in semi-finished material, but do not place requirements on final biomedical devices made of NiTi shape memory alloys. In this paper, we analyze this by comparing the fatigue performances of NiTi superelastic wires obtained by different processes through a simple bilinear model of fatigue response in terms of strain life. The fracture surfaces of failed wires are analyzed through SEM microscopy and data regarding the presence of particles, and their morphology is recorded and analyzed using Type-I extreme value distribution. The results show a strong correlation between the fatigue limit of wires (in terms of strain) and the predicted extreme values of inclusions at fracture origin. Then, following the concept of treating the inclusions as `small cracks,' a simple relationship between fatigue limit strain range and inclusion size is proposed based on ΔKth data from the literature. The model is compared with the fatigue data obtained from the tested wires.

  6. Structural selection and amorphization of small Ni-Ti bimetallic clusters.

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    Liu, H B; Canizal, G; Schabes-Retchkiman, P S; Ascencio, J A

    2006-06-29

    Classical molecular dynamics simulation is used for structural thermodynamic analysis of Ni-Ti bimetallic clusters. Experimental observation for the nanoclusters synthesized by the bioreduction method is used to consolidate the conclusion. The results demonstrate that Ni-Ti nanoclusters as small as 2-3 nm are not energetically favorable for common ordered geometrical arrangements such as cuboctahedron, decahedron, and icosahedron, though they can be synthesized experimentally. For the elemental distribution, Ni and Ti tend to aggregate separately. In the cases under study, eutectic-like and Ni-core/Ti-shell structures can keep their basic shape and elemental distribution during long periods of relaxation at room temperature. For other cases such as solid solution and Ti-core/Ni-shell, the structures amorphized and the elements tend to distribute uniformly even though they are at temperatures as low as room temperature. Experimental evidence was obtained by the analysis of biosynthesized nanoparticles using transmission electron microscopy techniques. This allowed determination of the partial amorphized structures of small bimetallic particles with cubic and multiple twined-like structures.

  7. Pilot studies suggesting new applications of NiTi in dynamic orthoses for the ankle joint.

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    Pittaccio, Simone; Viscuso, Stefano; Beretta, Elena; Turconi, Anna Carla; Strazzer, Sandra

    2010-09-01

    NiTi is a metal alloy with unconventional functional characteristics: Shape memory and pseudoelasticity. Its use in the field of rehabilitation is very innovative. This work presents applications in lower limb orthotics. Three different devices were assembled and tested: An equinus gait dynamic splint, a compliant ankle positioning brace, and a dual-mode haptic/active exerciser for the dorsiflexors. Results are derived from technical and preclinical trials. The gait splint improves several walking parameters even better than a traditional flexible ankle-foot orthoses (AFO). In particular, it supports mid-stance and propulsion biomechanics and affects physiological activation of tibialis anterior during swing much less than posterior leaf AFO. The haptic/active exerciser, able to provide dorsiflexion through a suitable articular range, could be controlled on the basis of minimal surface electromyographic (sEMG) signals, suggesting its use as an aid for early active workouts as soon as patients start to recover voluntary control of tibialis anterior. Further evidence must be sought in future to confirm for the ankle joint the promising results obtained in repositioning applications in prior upper limb studies. The work done so far on the tested prototypes is encouraging: Material characteristics and dimensioning will be optimized so that customized NiTi devices can be prescribed to best meet individual patients' requirements.

  8. Sectioning of contaminated components for decontamination by vibratory finishing and electropolishing

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    Fetrow, L.K.; Allen, R.P.

    1981-09-01

    This report summarizes work conducted to develop, adapt, and evaluate a variety of techniques for sectioning glove boxes, chemical processing equipment, pipes, ducts, and other contaminated components in preparation for decontamination by vibratory finishing and electropolishing. These sectioning studies were conducted with a special 10-ft x 20-ft x 10-ft stainless-steel, walk-in glove box equipped for either hands-on operation via gloves and personnel entry, or remote operation using master slave manipulators and a bridge crane. Several sectioning techniques have been evaluated with respect to effectiveness, versatility, secondary waste generation, and capability for remote operation. The methods include wet and dry plasma arc torch cutting, mechanical sawing and nibbling, abrasive cutting, and hydraulic shearing and punching. The results of these comparison studies show that the plasma arc torch is a very rapid and effective metal cutting tool for size reduction applications. However, its use to prepare material for decontamination should be minimized because of problems with smoke generation, torch manipulation, waste generation, and entrainment of contamination. Mechanical saws eliminate all but the waste generation problem, but are very slow and labor intensive. Mechanical nibblers are fast and produce a waste form that can be decontaminated, but are limited with respect to the geometry and thickness of material that can be sectioned. High-speed abrasive saws provide high cutting rates, but produce nontreatable waste from the cut as well as from blade wear. Hydraulic shearing rapidly produces sectioned material in the small sizes required for decontamination by vibratory finishing. The kerf material also can be decontaminated. However, the glove box first must be sectioned into relatively narrow strips by one of the other techniques.

  9. Preparation and Annealing-Induced Structural Transition of Self-Organized Nanostripes on the Electropolished Aluminium Surface

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    Guo, Deng-Zhu; Hou, Shi-Min; Shen, Zi-Yong; Zhao, Xing-Yu; Liu, Wei-Min; Xue, Zeng-Quan

    2002-03-01

    Self-organized nanostripe patterns with a wavelength of 100 nm and an amplitude of 4-5 nm were formed on the surface of high-purity aluminium by electropolishing. The thermal stability of the nanostripe patterns was investigated experimentally by using a needle-sensor atomic force microscope in an ultra-high vacuum after annealing the sample in a high vacuum. We found that the originally highly ordered nanostripe structures transformed into many domains separated by various boundaries, and different nanostripe patterns formed, the belt-like boundaries especially formed ``cross'' patterns on the surface. We also found that the vacuum annealing had the tendency to efface the nanostripe structures.

  10. Investigations on the Influence of Liquid-Assisted Laser Ablation of NiTi Rotating Target to Improve the Formation Efficiency of Spherical Alloyed NiTi Nanoparticles

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    Nandini, Patra; Akash, K.; Rohit, Gagrani; Vipul, Singh; Palani, I. A.

    2017-09-01

    In this work, the liquid-assisted laser ablation of NiTi rotating target has been used as a promising technique for generating spherical NiTi alloy nanoparticles with higher formation efficiency. Nd: YAG nanosecond laser with three different laser wavelengths (355, 532 and 1064 nm), three different laser fluences (30, 40 and 50 J/cm2) and three different rotational speeds (10 RPM, 20 RPM and 30 RPM) of target has been used to ablate the nitinol (Ni-55%, Ti-45%) target. The influences of different laser parameters (wavelengths and fluences) and different RPMs have been studied on the size, morphology and formation of alloy nanoparticles. It has been observed that the formation efficiency is maximum (39.9 mg/h) for smaller size nanoparticle ( 40 nm) at 355 nm wavelength, 50 J/cm2 fluence and 10 RPM rotational speed. On the other hand, we find that the formation efficiency (10.5 mg/h) is lowest with a bigger size of nanoparticle ( 110 nm) at 1064 nm wavelength, 50 J/cm2 fluence and 30 RPM speed. Therefore, this is a promising technique to synthesize spherical alloy nanoparticles with higher ablation efficiency. Thus, the higher ablation of particles helps to improve the optical absorption of the colloidal solution as optical absorption has a direct relation with the particle concentration. The shape and size of particles were characterized through SEM and DLS analysis whereas the crystallinity was confirmed through TEM and XRD analysis, respectively. Moreover, the elemental analysis was done with the help of XPS and EDS and optical absorption through UV-Vis spectrum analysis.

  11. Buffered Electropolishing – A New Way for Achieving Extremely Smooth Surface Finish on Nb SRF Cavities to be Used in Particle Accelerators

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    Hui Tian, Charles Reece, Michael Kelley

    2009-05-01

    Future accelerators require unprecedented cavity performance, which is strongly influenced by interior surface nano-smoothness. Electropolishing (EP) is the technique of choice to be developed for high-field superconducting radio frequency (SRF) cavities. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and related techniques point to the electropolishing mechanism of Nb in a sulphuric and hydrofluoric acid electrolyte controlled by a compact surface salt film under F- diffusion-limited mass transport control. These and other findings are guiding a systematic characterization to form the basis for cavities process optimization.

  12. Fabrication of a helical coil shape memory alloy actuator

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    O'Donnell, R.E.

    1992-02-01

    A fabrication process was developed to form, heat treat, and join NiTi shape memory alloy helical coils for use as mechanical actuators. Tooling and procedures were developed to wind both extension and compression-type coils on a manual lathe. Heat treating fixtures and techniques were used to set the memory'' of the NiTi alloy to the desired configuration. A swaging process was devised to fasten shape memory alloy extension coils to end fittings for use in actuator testing and for potential attachment to mechanical devices. The strength of this mechanical joint was evaluated.

  13. Fabrication of a helical coil shape memory alloy actuator

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    O`Donnell, R.E.

    1992-02-01

    A fabrication process was developed to form, heat treat, and join NiTi shape memory alloy helical coils for use as mechanical actuators. Tooling and procedures were developed to wind both extension and compression-type coils on a manual lathe. Heat treating fixtures and techniques were used to set the ``memory`` of the NiTi alloy to the desired configuration. A swaging process was devised to fasten shape memory alloy extension coils to end fittings for use in actuator testing and for potential attachment to mechanical devices. The strength of this mechanical joint was evaluated.

  14. Fabrication of a helical coil shape memory alloy actuator

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    Odonnell, R. E.

    1992-02-01

    A fabrication process was developed to form, heat treat, and join NiTi shape memory alloy helical coils for use as mechanical actuators. Tooling and procedures were developed to wind both extension and compression-type coils on a manual lathe. Heat treating fixtures and techniques were used to set the 'memory' of the NiTi alloy to the desired configuration. A swaging process was devised to fasten shape memory alloy extension coils to end fittings for use in actuator testing and for potential attachment to mechanical devices. The strength of this mechanical joint was evaluated.

  15. Heat Estimation from Infrared Measurement Compared to DSC for Austenite to R Phase Transformation in a NiTi Alloy

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    Delobelle, V.; Favier, D.; Louche, H.

    2013-06-01

    Heat source estimations from temperature field measurements deduced from infrared imaging are increasingly used to study thermo-mechanical coupling during materials' deformation. These estimations are based on approximations of the derivative terms with respect to time and space which are involved in the heat diffusion equation. This paper proposes a first experimental validation of this method by applying it to an experimental uniform air cooling of a NiTi Shape Memory Alloy thin plate. In the studied cooling temperate range, heat sources are due to Austenite to R phase transformation. Transformation temperatures, heat sources, and energies are estimated from infrared temperature measurements and compared successfully to differential scanning calorimetry results.

  16. Site preference of ternary alloying additions to NiTi: Fe, Pt, Pd, Au, Al, Cu, Zr and Hf

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    Bozzolo, Guillermo; Noebe, Ronald D.; Mosca, Hugo O.

    2004-01-01

    Atomistic modeling of the site substitution behavior of Pd in NiTi (J. Alloys and Comp. (2004), in press) has been extended to examine the behavior of several other alloying additions, namely, Fe, Pt, Au, Al, Cu, Zr and Hf in this important shape memory alloy. It was found that all elements, to a varying degree, displayed absolute preference for available sites in the deficient sublattice. How- ever, the energetics of the different substitutional schemes, coupled with large scale simulations indicate that the general trend in all cases is for the ternary addition to want to form stronger ordered structures with Ti.

  17. Sulfuric acid-methanol electrolytes as an alternative to sulfuric-hydrofluoric acid mixtures for electropolishing of niobium

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    Zhao, Xin; Corcoran, Sean G.; Kelley, Michael J.

    2011-06-01

    Attainment of the greatest possible interior surface smoothness is critical to meeting the performance demands placed upon niobium superconducting radiofrequency (SRF) accelerator cavities by next generation projects. Electropolishing with HF-H{sub 2}SO{sub 4} electrolytes yields cavities that meet SRF performance goals, but a less-hazardous, more environmentally-friendly process is desirable. Reported studies of EP on chemically-similar tantalum describe the use of sulfuric acid-methanol electrolytes as an HF-free alternative. Reported here are the results of experiments on niobium samples with this electrolyte. Voltammetry experiments indicate a current plateau whose voltage range expands with increasing acid concentration and decreasing temperature. Impedance spectroscopy indicates that a compact salt film is responsible for the current plateau. Equivalent findings in electropolishing chemically-similar tantalum with this electrolyte were interpreted due to as mass transfer limitation by diffusion of Ta ions away from the anode surface. We infer that a similar mechanism is at work here. Conditions were found that yield leveling and brightening comparable to that obtained with HF-H{sub 2}SO{sub 4} mixtures.

  18. Effects of surface finish and mechanical training on Ni-Ti sheets for elastocaloric cooling

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    Engelbrecht, Kurt; Tušek, Jaka; Sanna, Simone; Eriksen, Dan; Mishin, Oleg V.; Bahl, Christian R. H.; Pryds, Nini

    2016-06-01

    Elastocaloric cooling has emerged as a promising alternative to vapor compression in recent years. Although the technology has the potential to be more efficient than current technologies, there are many technical challenges that must be overcome to realize devices with high performance and acceptable durability. We study the effects of surface finish and training techniques on dog bone shaped polycrystalline samples of NiTi. The fatigue life of several samples with four different surface finishes was measured and it was shown that a smooth surface, especially at the edges, greatly improved fatigue life. The effects of training both on the structure of the materials and the thermal response to an applied strain was studied. The load profile for the first few cycles was shown to change the thermal response to strain, the structure of the material at failure while the final structure of the material was weakly influenced by the surface finish.

  19. Rheological study of feed stock for NiTi alloy molded parts

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    Subuki, I.; Abdullah, Z.; Razali, R.; Ismail, M. H.

    2015-12-01

    A rheological behaviour of the powder-binder mixture is one of essential analysis upon to success of Metal Injection Moulding (MIM) process. The purpose of this experimental work is to investigate the rheological behavior of feedstock containing mixtures of elemental Ni and Ti powders mixed with composite binder of palm stearin (PS) and polyethylene (PE) binder system. An equiatomic Ni-Ti (50-50) ratio was used in the present work for all formulations owing to excellent shape memory behaviour. The experimental rheological result indicated that all the feedstocks exhibited pseudo plastic flow behaviour; viscosity decreasing with temperature and shear rate. Increasing the powder loading resulted in higher viscosity, particularly at the low-range of shear rate. Owing to pseudo-plastic flow, it was found that the feedstock prepared exhibit promising rheological properties, thus resulting successfully injection moulding at an optimum temperature of 130°C.

  20. Mechanical Behavior of a NiTi Endodontic File During Insertion in an Anatomic Root Canal Using Numerical Simulations

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    Legrand, V.; Moyne, S.; Pino, L.; Arbab Chirani, S.; Calloch, S.; Chevalier, V.; Arbab Chirani, R.

    2015-12-01

    Superelastic NiTi shape memory alloys (SMA) have biomedical applications including rotary endodontic files. These alloys are used thanks to their flexibility, which is due to solid-solid martensitic transformation. Unfortunately, the intracanal file separation can occur during canal preparation. To avoid this problem and to have a good idea of the mechanical behavior of these instruments, finite elements simulations taking into account the real shape of root canals are proposed in this study. This is possible by using a well-adapted model describing all the particularities of SMA and representative limit conditions. The behavior model has been validated in previous studies under complex loadings. It is implemented in ABAQUS® finite elements software. The anatomic shapes of root canals are extracted by microtomography using a real tooth. They are applied as limit conditions in realized simulations to be as near as possible to clinical conditions. The mechanical behavior of an endodontic file is then simulated during insertion in a root canal without and with rotation. This permits to obtain different information like the loading applied to the instrument during its use, the stress, and the phase transformation fields through the file. This is useful not only for clinical use but also for new NiTi endodontic instruments design.

  1. Porous shape memory alloy scaffolds for biomedical applications: a review

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    Wen, C. E.; Xiong, J. Y.; Li, Y. C.; Hodgson, P. D.

    2010-05-01

    The interest in using porous shape memory alloy (SMA) scaffolds as implant materials has been growing in recent years due to the combination of their unique mechanical and functional properties, i.e. shape memory effect and superelasticity, low elastic modulus combined with new bone tissue ingrowth ability and vascularization. These attractive properties are of great benefit to the healing process for implant applications. This paper reviews current state-of-the art on the processing, porous characteristics and mechanical properties of porous SMAs for biomedical applications, with special focus on the most widely used SMA nickel-titanium (NiTi), including (i) microstructural features, mechanical and functional properties of NiTi SMAs; (ii) main processing methods for the fabrication of porous NiTi SMAs and their mechanical properties and (iii) new-generation Ni-free, biocompatible porous SMA scaffolds.

  2. Grain size effect on mechanical performance of nanostructured superelastic NiTi alloy

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    Xiao, Yao; Zeng, Pan; Lei, Liping

    2017-03-01

    The mechanical performance of superelastic NiTi with various grain sizes (GSs) in nanocrystalline regime (GS  <  30 nm) are investigated. With the help of digital image correlation, both global and local mechanical responses of NiTi during quasi-static test and fatigue cycling are recorded. If GS is below 14 nm, NiTi deforms homogenously; if GS is above 14 nm, NiTi deforms in a heterogeneous manner. The mechanical response, the fatigue life, the dissipation energy and the resistance to the dissipation energy degradation of nanostructured NiTi are addressed and analyzed. The results indicate that the mechanical performance of NiTi can be designed and optimized by controlling GS in a moderate regime.

  3. Corrosion behavior of Ni/sup +/-ion irradiated NiTi alloys

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    Wang, R.; Brimhall, J.L.

    1983-11-01

    Corrosion behavior of Ni/sup +/-irradiated NiTi alloys was studied in chloride solutions, together with unirradiated NiTi material with different surface conditions. Ion irradiation with either 2.5 or 5 MeV Ni/sup +/ ions transformed the NiTi surface into an amorphous layer up to 1.5 micrometers thick. Studies of corrosion potential vs time and polarization behavior indicated a small enhancement of the passivation for the Ni/sup +/-irradiated NiTi over the unirradiated NiTi. The unirradiated NiTi with a mechanically polished, course surface was susceptible to pitting and crevice corrosion attack in 1 N HCl solution. The homogeneous amorphous structure in the irradiated alloy retarded this type of localized corrosion.

  4. Effects of magnetic field on the shape memory behavior of single and polycrystalline magnetic shape memory alloys

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    Turabi, Ali Sadi

    Shape memory alloys and polymers have been extensively researched recently because of their unique ability to recover large deformations. Shape memory polymers (SMPs) are able to recover large deformations compared to shape memory alloys (SMAs), although SMAs have higher strength and are able to generate more stress during recovery. This project focuses on procedure for fabrication and Finite Element Modeling (FEM) of a shape memory composite actuator. First, SMP was characterized to reveal its mechanical properties. Specifically, glass transition temperature, the effects of temperature and strain rate on compressive response and recovery properties of shape memory polymer were studied. Then, shape memory properties of a NiTi wire, including transformation temperatures and stress generation, were investigated. SMC actuator was fabricated by using epoxy based SMP and NiTi SMA wire. Experimental tests confirmed the reversible behavior of fabricated shape memory composites. (Abstract shortened by ProQuest.).

  5. Electropolishing of Re-melted SLM Stainless Steel 316L Parts Using Deep Eutectic Solvents: 3 × 3 Full Factorial Design

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    Alrbaey, K.; Wimpenny, D. I.; Al-Barzinjy, A. A.; Moroz, A.

    2016-07-01

    This three-level three-factor full factorial study describes the effects of electropolishing using deep eutectic solvents on the surface roughness of re-melted 316L stainless steel samples produced by the selective laser melting (SLM) powder bed fusion additive manufacturing method. An improvement in the surface finish of re-melted stainless steel 316L parts was achieved by optimizing the processing parameters for a relatively environmentally friendly (`green') electropolishing process using a Choline Chloride ionic electrolyte. The results show that further improvement of the response value-average surface roughness ( Ra) can be obtained by electropolishing after re-melting to yield a 75% improvement compared to the as-built Ra. The best Ra value was less than 0.5 μm, obtained with a potential of 4 V, maintained for 30 min at 40 °C. Electropolishing has been shown to be effective at removing the residual oxide film formed during the re-melting process. The material dissolution during the process is not homogenous and is directed preferentially toward the iron and nickel, leaving the surface rich in chromium with potentially enhanced properties. The re-melted and polished surface of the samples gave an approximately 20% improvement in fatigue life at low stresses (approximately 570 MPa). The results of the study demonstrate that a combination of re-melting and electropolishing provides a flexible method for surface texture improvement which is capable of delivering a significant improvement in surface finish while holding the dimensional accuracy of parts within an acceptable range.

  6. Effect of Post Weld Heat Treatment on Mechanical and Corrosion Behaviors of NiTi and Stainless Steel Laser-Welded Wires

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    Mirshekari, G. R.; Saatchi, A.; Kermanpur, A.; Sadrnezhaad, S. K.

    2016-06-01

    Effects of post weld heat treatment (PWHT) on mechanical properties and corrosion behavior of NiTi shape memory wire, laser welded to the 304 stainless steel wire were investigated. The results showed that PWHT at 200 °C increased corrosion resistance and tensile strength of the joint up to ~1.8 times that of the as-weld joint, with no heat treatment. On the contrary, precipitation of neoteric intermetallic compounds like Fe2Ti, Cr2Ti, FeNi, Ni3Ti, and Ti2Ni in the welded region deteriorated these properties, when PWHT was conducted at 400 °C. Due to the vital effects of the PWHT performed after the laser welding, careful control of the PWHT temperature was found to be a prerequisite for achievement of desirable properties in the dissimilar NiTi-304 stainless steel laser-welded wires.

  7. An experimental and modeling investigation of the external strain, internal stress and fiber phase transformation behavior of a NiTi actuated aluminum metal matrix composite

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    Armstrong, W.D.; Lorentzen, T.; Broendsted, P.; Larsen, P.H.

    1998-06-12

    The present work reports macroscopic thermal mechanical and in-situ neutron diffraction measurements from 22.9 vol. %, 50.7 at. % Ni-Ti fiber actuated 6082-T6 aluminum matrix composite and 6082-T6 homogeneous aluminum control materials subjected to a room temperature 4% tensile elongation, a subsequent room temperature to 120 C unconstrained heating process, and a final 120 C tensile process. During the unconstrained room temperature to 120 C heating process, the composite exhibited a pronounced, non linear thermal contraction, while the homogeneous control exhibited the expected linear thermal expansion. The composite thermal contraction was clearly the result of a powerful shape memory response in the actuating NiTi fibers. The paper further presents a one-dimensional thermal strain, internal stress and fiber phase transformation composite model. Model parameters were identified from tests on extracted single fibers, calculations using these parameters quantitatively agree with experimental thermal mechanical and neutron diffraction measurements.

  8. Influence of Addition of Nb on Phase Transformation, Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of Equiatomic NiTi SMA

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    Jiang, Shuyong; Liang, Yulong; Zhang, Yanqiu; Zhao, Yanan; Zhao, Chengzhi

    2016-10-01

    Three novel NiTiNb shape memory alloys, which possess a nominal chemical composition of Ni50- x/2-Ti50- x/2-Nb x (at.%) where x stands for 2, 4 and 6, respectively, were designed in order to investigate the influence of the addition of Nb on phase transformation, microstructure and mechanical properties of equiatomic NiTi shape memory alloy. All the three NiTiNb shape memory alloys contain B2 austenite phase, B19' martensite phase and β-Nb precipitate phase. Martensite type II twin can be observed in the case of Ni49Ti49Nb2 alloy. In the case of Ni48Ti48Nb4 alloy, there exists a boundary between Ti2Ni precipitate phase and β-Nb precipitate phase. As for Ni47Ti47Nb6 alloy, it can be observed that there exists an orientation relationship of [01bar{1}]_{{β{{ - Nb}}}} //[01bar{1}]_{{B2}} between β-Nb precipitate phase and B2 austenite matrix. The increase in Nb content contributes to enhancing the yield stress of NiTiNb shape memory alloy, but it leads to the decrease in compression fracture stress. The addition of Nb to equiatomic NiTi shape memory alloy does not have a significant influence on the transformation hysteresis of the alloy, which is attributed to the fact that NiTiNb shape memory alloy is not subjected to plastic deformation and hence β-Nb precipitate phase is unable to relax the elastic strain in the martensite interface.

  9. In Vivo Force Decay of Niti Closed Coil Springs

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    Cox, Crystal; Nguyen, Tung; Koroluk, Lorne; Ko, Ching-Chang

    2014-01-01

    Introduction Nickel-titanium (NiTi) closed coil springs are purported to deliver constant forces over extended ranges of activation and working times. In vivo studies supporting this claim are limited. The objective of this study is to evaluate changes in force decay properties of NiTi closed coil springs after clinical use. Methods Pseudoelastic force-deflection curves for 30 NiTi coil springs (used intra-orally) and 15 matched laboratory control springs (simulated intra-oral conditions - artificial saliva, 37°C) were tested pre- and post-retrieval via Dynamic Mechanical Analysis (DMA) and the Instron machine, respectively, to evaluate amount of force loss and hysteresis change following 4, 8, or 12 weeks of working time (n=10 per group). Effect of the oral environment and clinical use on force properties were evaluated by comparing in vivo and in vitro data. Results The springs studied showed a statistically significant decrease in force (~12%) following 4 weeks of clinical use (p<0.01), with a further significant decrease (~7%) from 4–8 weeks (p=0.03) and force levels appearing to remain steady thereafter. Clinical space closure at an average rate of 0.91mm per month was still observed despite this decrease in force. In vivo and in vitro force loss data were not statistically different. Conclusions NiTi closed coil springs do not deliver constant forces when used intra-orally, but they still allow for space closure rates of ~1mm/month. PMID:24703289

  10. Influence of Different Thermo-mechanical Cycling Routes on Recovery Stresses of Annealed NiTi Wires

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    Yan, X. J.; Ge, Y. L.; Van Humbeeck, J.

    2016-01-01

    In this study, the influence of different thermo-mechanical cycling routes on recovery stresses of annealed NiTi wires has been investigated by using a dynamic mechanical analyzer. The as-received wire was annealed in Argon atmosphere in the temperature range of 350 to 900 °C. Differential scanning calorimeter was used to study the martensite transformation. In route I, the sample is deformed to 2% pre-strain and recovery stress is measured after unloading. In route II, the sample undergoes 3% deformation followed by a free shape recovery and then is reloaded to 2% pre-strain and recovery stress is measured after unloading. In route III, the sample undergoes a constrained thermal cycling at 3% pre-strain followed by a free shape recovery and then recovery stress is measured at 2% pre-strain. The results show that both route II and III can improve the recovery stresses. Route III has higher recovery stresses than route II for samples annealed at 550-700 °C. The improvements of recovery stresses under route II and III are partly attributed to the decrease of A s temperatures after thermo-mechanical cycling. Such information is essential for the proper use of NiTi alloys in smart structures, intelligent controllers, and memory devices.

  11. The confining effectiveness of NiTiNb and NiTi SMA wire jackets for concrete

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    Choi, Eunsoo; Chung, Young-Soo; Choi, Jun-Hyeok; Kim, Hong-Taek; Lee, Hacksoo

    2010-03-01

    The purpose of this study is to assess the confining effectiveness of shape memory alloy (SMA) wire jackets for concrete. The performance of SMA wire jackets was compared to that of steel jackets. A prestrained martensitic SMA wire was wrapped around a concrete cylinder and then heated by a heating jacket. In the process, a confining stress around the cylinder was developed in the SMA wire due to the shape memory effect; this jacketing method can increase the strength and ductility of the cylinder under an axial compressive load. In this study, NiTi and NiTiNb SMA wires of 1.0 mm in diameter were used for the confinement. Recovery tests were conducted on the wires to assess their recovery and residual stress. The confinement by SMA wire jackets increased the strength slightly and greatly increased the ductility compared to the strength and ductility of plain concrete cylinders. The NiTiNb SMA wire jacket showed better performance than that of the NiTi SMA wire jacket. The confining effectiveness of the SMA wire jackets of this study was estimated to be similar to that of the steel jackets. This study showed the potential of the SMA wire jacketing method to retrofit reinforced concrete columns and protect them from seismic risks.

  12. Surface characterization of retrieved NiTi orthodontic archwires.

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    Eliades, T; Eliades, G; Athanasiou, A E; Bradley, T G

    2000-06-01

    The structure and morphological condition of retrieved NiTi orthodontic archwires was evaluated and any possible alterations in the surface composition of the alloy following 1-6 months in vivo were characterized. NiTi wires (GAC, German Orthodontics, ORMCO) of various cross-sections were collected through a retrieval protocol and were subjected to multi-technique characterization. Optical microscopy revealed islands of amorphous precipitants and accumulated microcrystalline particles. Micro MIR-FTIR investigation of the retrieved samples demonstrated the presence of a proteinaceous biofilm, the organic constituents of which were mainly amide, alcohol, and carbonate. Scanning electron microscope and X-ray microanalysis showed that the elemental species precipitated on the material surface were Na, K, Cl, Ca, and P, forming NaCl, KCl, and Ca-P precipitates. Increased intra-oral exposure was consistently associated with the presence of a mature film, while evidence of alloy delamination, pitting, and crevice corrosion, as well as a notable reduction in the alloy grain size was observed. Intra-oral exposure of NiTi wires alters the topography and structure of the alloy surface through surface attack in the form of pitting or crevice corrosion or formation of integuments. Further in vivo research is required to resolve the implications of the described ageing pattern in the corrosion resistance of the alloy, the potential for nickel leaching, as well as bracket-archwire friction variants.

  13. Comparison of air-driven vs electric torque control motors on canal centering ability by ProTaper NiTi rotary instruments.

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    Zarei, Mina; Javidi, Maryam; Erfanian, Mahdi; Lomee, Mahdi; Afkhami, Farzaneh

    2013-01-01

    Cleaning and shaping is one of the most important phases in root canal therapy. Various rotary NiTi systems minimize accidents and facilitate the shaping process. Todays NiTi files are used with air-driven and electric handpieces. This study compared the canal centering after instrumentation using the ProTaper system using Endo IT, electric torque-control motor, and NSK air-driven handpiece. This ex vivo randomized controlled trial study involved 26 mesial mandibular root canals with 10 to 35° curvature. The roots were randomly divided into 2 groups of 13 canals each. The roots were mounted in an endodontic cube with acrylic resin, sectioned horizontally at 2, 6 and 10 mm from the apex and then reassembled. The canals were instrumented according to the manufacturer's instructions using ProTaper rotary files and electric torque-control motors (group 1) or air-driven handpieces (group 2). Photographs of the cross-sections included shots before and after instrumentation, and image analysis was performed using Photoshop software. The centering ability and canal transportation was also evaluated. Repeated measurement and independent t-test provided statistical analysis of canal transportation. The comparison of the rate of transportation toward internal or external walls between the two groups was not statistically significant (p = 0.62). Comparison of the rate of transportation of sections within one group was not significant (p = 0.28). Use of rotary NiTi file with either electric torquecontrol motor or air-driven handpiece had no effect on canal centering. NiTi rotary instruments can be used with air-driven motors without any considerable changes in root canal anatomy, however it needs the clinician to be expert.

  14. Effect of Electropolishing and Low-Temperature Baking on the Superconducting Properties of Large-Grain Niobium

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    A. S. Dhavale, G. Ciovati, G. R. Myneni

    2011-03-01

    Measurements of superconducting properties such as bulk and surface critical fields and thermal conductivity have been carried out in the temperature range from 2 K to 8 K on large-grain samples of different purity and on a high-purity fine-grain sample, for comparison. The samples were treated by electropolishing and low temperature baking (120° C, 48 h). While the residual resistivity ratio changed by a factor of ~3 among the samples, no significant variation was found in their superconducting properties. The onset field for flux penetration at 2 K, Hffp, measured within a ~30 µm depth from the surface, was ~160 mT, close to the bulk value. The baking effect was mainly to increase the field range up to which a coherent superconducting phase persists on the surface, above the upper critical field.

  15. Atomistic Simulation on the Relation between Amorphization and Crystalline Transformation in Ni-Ti Alloy

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    Saitoh, Ken-Ichi; Kubota, Keisuke

    Ni-Ti alloys are typical shape-memory materials. It is suggested that the atomic-scale phase transformation between martensite and austenite crystalline phases is responsible for such function. However, it is reported that these alloys sometimes show also amorphization together with nanocrystal under severe deformation. The mechanism of amorphization should compete against martensitic (crystalline) transformation (MT). This study focuses on the atomistic relation between amorphization and MT in Ni-Ti alloys. Molecular dynamics simulation is performed by using our simplified potential built on the MEAM framework. The change in crystalline state is identified and traced mainly by developing common neighbor analysis (CNA) method. Under amorphization from B2 cubic structure, the characteristic topological change in CNA cluster around a transforming atom is detected. By applying simple shear in periodic specimen, it is found that the martensite phases appear first then amorphous phases are formed. The nucleation of amorphous phases is strongly dependent on choice of shear plane, e.g. {100}, {110} or {111} plane. When the shear direction does not match to the orientation of inherent slip system, amorphous phase is nucleated with relative ease and remains for a long time. It is recognized that dislocation slip (plastic deformation), MT and amorphization are closely related in atomic scale. The direction of phase transition is mostly "B2(austenite)"→"B19'(martensite)"→"amorphous", except for the case of {111} shear plane which possesses "pre-amorphous" structures. It is found that the "pre-amorphous" is once formed and then disappears, preceding martensite phase or principal and later formation of amorphous phase.

  16. Large scale simulation of NiTi helical spring actuators under repeated thermomechanical cycles

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    Saleeb, A. F.; Dhakal, B.; Hosseini, M. S.; Padula, S. A., II

    2013-09-01

    As typically utilized in applications, a shape memory alloy (SMA) actuator operates under a large number of thermomechanical cycles, hence the importance of accounting for the cyclic behavior characteristics in modeling and numerical simulation of these actuators. To this end, the present work is focused on the characterization of the cyclic, evolutionary behavior of binary 55NiTi using a newly developed, multi-axial, material-modeling framework and its finite element analysis (FEA) implementation for use in the simulations of SMA actuators. In particular, two different geometric configurations of four- and two-coil helical springs subjected to axial end-forces are investigated under the effect of a large number of thermal cycles leading to the saturated deformation state of the coils. In addition, two different boundary conditions were examined, corresponding to: (a) the loading end cross section assumed to be free-to-twist, and (b) the loading end cross section assumed to be restrained against twist rotation. The study has led to the following five important conclusions: (i) the states of stresses and strains in the coils exhibited marked spatial non-homogeneities, both along the length as well as the cross section of the wires; (ii) the cyclic deformation response of the coils exhibits a similar evolutionary character to that of the 55NiTi material when tested under simple isobaric tensile stress conditions; (iii) the end boundary conditions affect the evolution of the deformation response; (iv) the magnitudes of the evolving nonlinear deformation states (i.e., axial displacements on the martensite and austenite sides, as well as the actuation displacement) were found to be proportional to the number of coils in an essentially linear manner, and (v) the change in coil diameter, while maintaining the pitch height, wire diameter and the number of coils fixed, has a significant effect on the response of the helical spring, both with regard to the resulting stress

  17. Effects of NiTi rotary and reciprocating instruments on debris and smear layer scores: an SEM evaluation.

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    Poggio, Claudio; Dagna, Alberto; Chiesa, Marco; Scribante, Andrea; Beltrami, Riccardo; Colombo, Marco

    2014-12-30

    The purpose of the present study was to investigate the cleaning efficacy of 2 different nickel-titanium (NiTi) rotary systems: a new single system Reciproc compared with the rotary full sequence Mtwo. The amount of debris and the morphology of smear layer were the parameters for the evaluation of the cleanliness of root canals. The null hypothesis of the study was that there would be no significant difference in debris scores and smear layer scores between the 2 systems. 
 Forty single-rooted freshly extracted teeth were selected and divided into 2 groups. For each group, all root canals were shaped with 2 different NiTi instruments (Mtwo and Reciproc) and irrigated with 5.25% NaOCl and 17% ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA) solutions by 3 trained operators. Specimens were fractured longitudinally and prepared for scanning electron microscopy (SEM) analysis at a standard magnification of ×5,000. The presence/absence of smear layer and the presence/absence of debris at the coronal, middle and apical third of each canal were evaluated using two 5-step scales for scores. Numeric data were analyzed using the Kruskal-Wallis and Mann-Whitney U statistical tests, and significance was set at a P value <0.05. 
 This study revealed significant differences among the various groups. The Mtwo group presented significantly lower smear layer scores than the Reciproc group (P<0.01) in the middle and apical third of the canal. 
 Conventional continuous rotary NiTi instruments associated with 5.25% NaOCl and 17% EDTA solutions seem to be better for obtaining clean dentinal canal walls. Reciprocating instruments leave a higher quantity of smear layer which covers dentinal walls and dentinal tubules.

  18. Preferential amorphitization of NiTi alloys in twin boundaries by electron irradiation

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    Goo, E.; Murthy, A. . Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering); Hetherington, C.J.D. . Dept. of Materials Science and Metallurgy)

    1993-08-15

    NiTi alloys will amorphitize under electron irradiation. Amorphitization occurs quite readily for electrons with energies greater than 1 MeV. The mechanism for amorphitization is believed to be displacement damage. This paper reports the preferential amorphitization at deformation twin boundaries in NiTi alloys by electron irradiation.

  19. NITI Needs Assessment Study. A Study of the Postsecondary Educational Needs of Merged Area I.

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    Ratcliff, James L.

    The study described in this report was conducted to determine whether the present mix of vocational-technical and adult educational programs and services at Northeast Iowa Technical Institute (NITI) was optimal in meeting the needs of the constituents and clients of the college. Particular attention was given to the question of whether NITI would…

  20. Physical Simulation of the Random Failure of Implanted Braided NiTi Stents

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    Hirmanová, Klára; Pilch, Jan; Racek, Jan; Heller, Luděk; Šittner, Petr; Recman, Lukáš; Petrenec, Martin; Sedlák, Petr

    2014-07-01

    A problem of random clinical failures of the braided esophageal NiTi stents has been addressed by performing physical simulation experiments on helical NiTi springs loaded in cyclic tension in air, water, and simulated biological fluid. Strains and stresses involved in spring deformation were analyzed through simulation by FEM implemented SMA model. It was found that the fatigue life of NiTi springs is significantly lower in fluids than in the air pointing toward the corrosion fatigue mechanism. There is, however, a fatigue limit roughly corresponding to the onset of martensitic transformation in the wire, which is not common for corrosion fatigue. It is proposed that surface TiO2 oxide cracking plays major role in that. Once the oxide layer on the NiTi wire surface fractures, typically during the first mechanical cycle, cracks in the oxide layer periodically open and close during subsequent mechanical cycling. This leads to the localization of mechanical and corrosion attacks under the oxide cracked regions. Microcracks within the surface oxide layer crossing over into the NiTi matrix were indeed revealed by scanning electron microscopy of FIB sections of fatigued wires. A corrosion assisted mechanism for fatigue crack nucleation at the interface between the surface oxide and NiTi matrix is proposed based on the available evidence. The approach opens a space for a better assessment of the corrosion fatigue performance of superelastic NiTi and ultimately for estimation of the lifetime of implanted braided NiTi stents.

  1. NITI Needs Assessment Study. A Study of the Postsecondary Educational Needs of Merged Area I.

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    Ratcliff, James L.

    The study described in this report was conducted to determine whether the present mix of vocational-technical and adult educational programs and services at Northeast Iowa Technical Institute (NITI) was optimal in meeting the needs of the constituents and clients of the college. Particular attention was given to the question of whether NITI would…

  2. Calorimetric analysis of the two way memory effect in a NiTi alloy -- Experiments and calculations

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    Silva, E.P. da

    1999-04-23

    In addition to the well known one-way memory effect in heating, some shape memory alloys may also exhibit a shape recovery upon cooling, i.e. they show the two-way memory effect (TWME). This is not an inherent property of such alloys, and to obtain it, the alloy must be trained. Besides the two-way memory effect, the training processes can also cause changes such as a shift of the transformation temperatures. In this work a calorimetric investigation of a one-way and two-way NiTi memory alloy is presented. The heat flow was measured by use of a Differential Scanning Calorimeter. The differences in the temperatures and enthalpy of transformations between one-way and two-way memory samples are presented, compared and discussed. A mathematical prediction of the heat and temperatures of transformation is presented.

  3. Improved endothelialization of NiTi alloy by VEGF functionalized nanocoating.

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    Shen, Weixing; Cai, Kaiyong; Yang, Zaixiang; Yan, Ying; Yang, Weihu; Liu, Peng

    2012-06-01

    To improve surface endothelialization of NiTi alloy substrate, a nano-structured coating functionalized with vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) was fabricated via polydopamine (PDOP) as intermediate layer. The successful preparation of VEGF conjugated nanocoating was demonstrated by X-ray diffraction (XRD), atomic force microscope (AFM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), respectively. Inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) test showed that the formed nanocoating significantly reduced the release of Ni ion from NiTi alloy in simulated body fluid. The biological behaviors of endothelial cells adhered to modified NiTi alloy substrates, including cell proliferation, cell spreading and production of nitric oxide and prostacyclin were investigated in vitro. The results suggest that surface functionalization of NiTi alloy substrate with VEGF is beneficial for cell growth. The approach presented here affords an alternative for surface modification of NiTi implants applied as heart and vascular implant devices.

  4. The implantation of a Nickel-Titanium shape memory alloy ameliorates vertebral body compression fractures: a cadaveric study

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    Chen, Bo; Zheng, Yue-Huang; Zheng, Tao; Sun, Chang-Hui; Lu, Jiong; Cao, Peng; Zhou, Jian-Hua

    2015-01-01

    Objective: To evaluate the effect of a Nickel-Titanium (Ni-Ti) shape memory alloy in the treatment of vertebral body compression fractures. Methods: The experimental thoracic-lumbar fracture units were made with adult human fresh-frozen vertebral specimens. A total of 30 fresh-frozen vertebral units were randomly assigned to 3 experimental groups: control group, percutaneous kyphoplasty group (PKP group), and percutaneous Ni-Ti shape memory alloys implant group (Ni-Ti implant group). Vertebral height and ultimate compression load of the vertebral body before and after procedures were measured to determine the restoration of vertebral heights and compressive strength, respectively. Results: The Ni-Ti implant group achieved a vertebrae endplate reduction effect comparable to the PKP group. The vertebral height of the PKP group was restored from 2.01±0.21 cm to 2.27±0.18 cm after procedure, whereas that of the Ni-Ti implant group was restored from 2.00±0.18 cm to 2.31±0.17 cm. The ultimate loads of the vertebrae body of the PKP and the Ni-Ti implant groups were 2880.75±126.17 N and 2888.00±144.69 N, respectively, both of which were statistically significantly higher than that of the control group (2017.17±163.71 N). There was no significant difference in ultimate compression load of vertebrae body between the Ni-Ti implant and PKP groups. Conclusions: The implantation of Ni-Ti shape memory alloys of vertebral body induced effective endplate reduction, restored vertebral height, and provided immediate biomechanical spinal stability. PMID:26629241

  5. The implantation of a Nickel-Titanium shape memory alloy ameliorates vertebral body compression fractures: a cadaveric study.

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    Chen, Bo; Zheng, Yue-Huang; Zheng, Tao; Sun, Chang-Hui; Lu, Jiong; Cao, Peng; Zhou, Jian-Hua

    2015-01-01

    To evaluate the effect of a Nickel-Titanium (Ni-Ti) shape memory alloy in the treatment of vertebral body compression fractures. The experimental thoracic-lumbar fracture units were made with adult human fresh-frozen vertebral specimens. A total of 30 fresh-frozen vertebral units were randomly assigned to 3 experimental groups: control group, percutaneous kyphoplasty group (PKP group), and percutaneous Ni-Ti shape memory alloys implant group (Ni-Ti implant group). Vertebral height and ultimate compression load of the vertebral body before and after procedures were measured to determine the restoration of vertebral heights and compressive strength, respectively. The Ni-Ti implant group achieved a vertebrae endplate reduction effect comparable to the PKP group. The vertebral height of the PKP group was restored from 2.01±0.21 cm to 2.27±0.18 cm after procedure, whereas that of the Ni-Ti implant group was restored from 2.00±0.18 cm to 2.31±0.17 cm. The ultimate loads of the vertebrae body of the PKP and the Ni-Ti implant groups were 2880.75±126.17 N and 2888.00±144.69 N, respectively, both of which were statistically significantly higher than that of the control group (2017.17±163.71 N). There was no significant difference in ultimate compression load of vertebrae body between the Ni-Ti implant and PKP groups. The implantation of Ni-Ti shape memory alloys of vertebral body induced effective endplate reduction, restored vertebral height, and provided immediate biomechanical spinal stability.

  6. A Study on Micro-Machining Technology for the Machining of NiTi: Five-Axis Micro-Milling and Micro Deep-Hole Drilling

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    Biermann, D.; Kahleyss, F.; Krebs, E.; Upmeier, T.

    2011-07-01

    Micro-sized applications are gaining more and more relevance for NiTi-based shape memory alloys (SMA). Different types of micro-machining offer unique possibilities for the manufacturing of NiTi components. The advantage of machining is the low thermal influence on the workpiece. This is important, because the phase transformation temperatures of NiTi SMAs can be changed and the components may need extensive post manufacturing. The article offers a simulation-based approach to optimize five-axis micro-milling processes with respect to the special material properties of NiTi SMA. Especially, the influence of the various tool inclination angles is considered for introducing an intelligent tool inclination optimization algorithm. Furthermore, aspects of micro deep-hole drilling of SMAs are discussed. Tools with diameters as small as 0.5 mm are used. The possible length-to-diameter ratio reaches up to 50. This process offers new possibilities in the manufacturing of microstents. The study concentrates on the influence of the cutting speed, the feed and the tool design on the tool wear and the quality of the drilled holes.

  7. Relationship between osseointegration and superelastic biomechanics in porous NiTi scaffolds.

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    Liu, Xiangmei; Wu, Shuilin; Yeung, Kelvin W K; Chan, Y L; Hu, Tao; Xu, Zushun; Liu, Xuanyong; Chung, Jonathan C Y; Cheung, Kenneth M C; Chu, Paul K

    2011-01-01

    The superelastic nature of bones requires matching biomechanical properties from the ideal artificial biomedical implants in order to provide smooth load transfer and foster the growth of new bone tissues. In this work, we determine the biomechanical characteristics of porous NiTi implants and investigate bone ingrowth under actual load-bearing conditions in vivo. In this systematic and comparative study, porous NiTi, porous Ti, dense NiTi, and dense Ti are implanted into 5 mm diameter holes in the distal part of the femur/tibia of rabbits for 15 weeks. The bone ingrowth and interfacial bonding strength are evaluated by histological analysis and push-out test. The porous NiTi materials bond very well to newly formed bone tissues and the highest average strength of 357 N and best ductility are achieved from the porous NiTi materials. The bonding curve obtained from the NiTi scaffold shows similar superelasticity as natural bones with a deflection of 0.30-0.85 mm thus shielding new bone tissues from large load stress. This is believed to be the reason why new bone tissues can penetrate deeply into the porous NiTi scaffold compared to the one made of porous Ti. Histological analysis reveals that new bone tissues adhere and grow well on the external surfaces as well as exposed areas on the inner pores of the NiTi scaffold. The in vitro study indicates that the surface chemical composition and topography of the porous structure leads to good cytocompatibility. Consequently, osteoblasts proliferate smoothly on the entire implant including the flat surface, embossed region, exposed area of the pores, and interconnected channels. In conjunction with the good cytocompatibility, the superelastic biomechanical properties of the porous NiTi scaffold bodes well for fast formation and ingrowth of new bones, and porous NiTi scaffolds are thus suitable for clinical applications under load-bearing conditions.

  8. A comparative study of the cytotoxicity and corrosion resistance of nickel-titanium and titanium-niobium shape memory alloys.

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    McMahon, Rebecca E; Ma, Ji; Verkhoturov, Stanislav V; Munoz-Pinto, Dany; Karaman, Ibrahim; Rubitschek, Felix; Maier, Hans J; Hahn, Mariah S

    2012-07-01

    Nickel-titanium (NiTi) shape memory alloys (SMAs) are commonly used in a range of biomedical applications. However, concerns exist regarding their use in certain biomedical scenarios due to the known toxicity of Ni and conflicting reports of NiTi corrosion resistance, particularly under dynamic loading. Titanium-niobium (TiNb) SMAs have recently been proposed as an alternative to NiTi SMAs due to the biocompatibility of both constituents, the ability of both Ti and Nb to form protective surface oxides, and their superior workability. However, several properties critical to the use of TiNb SMAs in biomedical applications have not been systematically explored in comparison with NiTi SMAs. These properties include cytocompatibility, corrosion resistance, and alterations in alloy surface composition in response to prolonged exposure to physiological solutions. Therefore, the goal of the present work was to comparatively investigate these aspects of NiTi (49.2 at.% Ti) and TiNb (26 at.% Nb) SMAs. The results from the current studies indicate that TiNb SMAs are less cytotoxic than NiTi SMAs, at least under static culture conditions. This increased TiNb cytocompatibility was correlated with reduced ion release as well as with increased corrosion resistance according to potentio-dynamic tests. Measurements of the surface composition of samples exposed to cell culture medium further supported the reduced ion release observed from TiNb relative to NiTi SMAs. Alloy composition depth profiles also suggested the formation of calcium phosphate deposits within the surface oxide layers of medium-exposed NiTi but not of TiNb. Collectively, the present results indicate that TiNb SMAs may be promising alternatives to NiTi for certain biomedical applications. Copyright © 2012 Acta Materialia Inc. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  9. Novel tribological systems using shape memory alloys and thin films

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    Zhang, Yijun

    Shape memory alloys and thin films are shown to have robust indentation-induced shape memory and superelastic effects. Loading conditions that are similar to indentations are very common in tribological systems. Therefore novel tribological systems that have better wear resistance and stronger coating to substrate adhesion can be engineered using indentation-induced shape memory and superelastic effects. By incorporating superelastic NiTi thin films as interlayers between chromium nitride (CrN) and diamond-like carbon (DLC) hard coatings and aluminum substrates, it is shown that the superelasticity can improve tribological performance and increase interfacial adhesion. The NiTi interlayers were sputter deposited onto 6061 T6 aluminum and M2 steel substrates. CrN and DLC coatings were deposited by unbalanced magnetron sputter deposition. Temperature scanning X-ray diffraction and nanoindentation were used to characterize NiTi interlayers. Temperature scanning wear and scratch tests showed that superelastic NiTi interlayers improved tribological performance on aluminum substrates significantly. The two-way shape memory effect under contact loading conditions is demonstrated for the first time, which could be used to make novel tribological systems. Spherical indents in NiTi shape memory alloys and thin films had reversible depth changes that were driven by temperature cycling, after thermomechanical cycling, or one-cycle slip-plasticity deformation training. Reversible surface topography was realized after the indents were planarized. Micro- and nano- scale circular surface protrusions arose from planarized spherical indents in bulk and thin film NiTi alloy; line surface protrusions appeared from planarized scratch tracks. Functional surfaces with reversible surface topography can potentially result in novel tribological systems with reversible friction coefficient. A three dimensional constitutive model was developed to describe shape memory effects with slip

  10. Evaluation of the biocompatibility of NiTi dental wires: a comparison of laboratory experiments and clinical conditions.

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    Toker, S M; Canadinc, D

    2014-07-01

    Effects of intraoral environment on the surface degradation of nickel-titanium (NiTi) shape memory alloy orthodontic wires was simulated through ex situ static immersion experiments in artificial saliva. The tested wires were compared to companion wires retrieved from patients in terms of chemical changes and formation of new structures on the surface. Results of the ex situ experiments revealed that the acidic erosion effective at the earlier stages of immersion led to the formation of new structures as the immersion period approached 30 days. Moreover, comparison of these results with the analysis of wires utilized in clinical treatment evidenced that ex situ experiments are reliable in terms predicting C-rich structure formation on the wire surfaces. However, the formation of C pileups at the contact sites of arch wires and brackets could not be simulated with the aid of static immersion experiments, warranting the simulation of the intraoral environment in terms of both chemical and physical conditions, including mechanical loading, when evaluating the biocompatibility of NiTi orthodontic arch wires.

  11. Corrosion and wear properties of laser surface modified NiTi with Mo and ZrO 2

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    Ng, K. W.; Man, H. C.; Yue, T. M.

    2008-08-01

    Because of its biocompatibility, superelasticity and shape memory characteristics, NiTi alloys have been gaining immense interest in the medical field. However, there is still concern on the corrosion resistance of this alloy if it is going to be implanted in the human body for a long time. Titanium is not toxic but nickel is carcinogenic and is implicated in various reactions including allergic response and degeneration of muscle tissue. Debris from wear and the subsequent release of Ni + ions due to corrosion in the body system are fatal issues for long-term application of this alloy in the human body. This paper reports the corrosion and wear properties of laser surface modified NiTi using Mo and ZrO 2 as surface alloying elements, respectively. The modified layers which are free from microcracks and porosity, act as both physical barrier to nickel release and enhance the bulk properties, such as hardness, wear resistance, and corrosion resistance. The electrochemical performance of the surface modified alloy was studied in Hanks' solution. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy was measured.

  12. Static and Cyclic Load-Deflection Characteristics of NiTi Orthodontic Archwires Using Modified Bending Tests

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    Nili Ahmadabadi, Mahmoud; Shahhoseini, Tahereh; Habibi-Parsa, Mohamad; Haj-Fathalian, Maryam; Hoseinzadeh-Nik, Tahereh; Ghadirian, Hananeh

    2009-08-01

    Near-equiatomic nickel-titanium (nitinol) has the ability to return to a former shape when subjected to an appropriate thermomechanical procedure. One of the most successful applications of nitinol is orthodontic archwire. One of the suitable characteristics of these wires is superelasticity, a phenomenon that allows better-tolerated loading conditions during clinical therapy. Superelastic nitinol wires deliver clinically desired light continuous force enabling effective tooth movement with minimal damage for periodontal tissues. In this research, a special three-point bending fixture was invented and designed to determine the superelastic property in simulated clinical conditions, where the wire samples were held in the fixture similar to an oral cavity. In this experimental study, the load-deflection characteristics of superelastic NiTi commercial wires were studied through three-point bending test. The superelastic behavior was investigated by focusing on bending time, temperature, and number of cycles which affects the energy dissipating capacity. Experimental results show that the NiTi archwires are well suited for cyclic load-unload dental applications. Results show reduction in superelastic property for used archwires after long-time static bending.

  13. The Effect of Deformation Heating on Restoration and Constitutive Equation of a Wrought Equi-Atomic NiTi Alloy

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    Ahadi, A.; Karimi Taheri, A.; Karimi Taheri, K.; Sarraf, I. S.; Abbasi, S. M.

    2012-04-01

    In this study, a set of constitutive equation corrected for deformation heating is proposed for a near equi-atomic NiTi shape memory alloy using isothermal hot compression tests in temperature range of 700 to 1000 °C and strain rate of 0.001 to 1 s-1. In order to determine the temperature rise due to deformation heating, Abaqus simulation was employed and varied thermal properties were considered in the simulation. The results of hot compression tests showed that at low pre-set temperatures and high strain rates the flow curves exhibit a softening, while after correction of deformation heating the softening is vanished. Using the corrected flow curves, the power-law constitutive equation of the alloy was established and the variation of constitutive constants with strain was determined. Moreover, it was found that deformation heating introduces an average relative error of about 9.5% at temperature of 800 °C and strain rate of 0.1 s-1. The very good agreement between the fitted flow stress (by constitutive equation) and the measured ones indicates the accuracy of the constitutive equation in analyzing the hot deformation behavior of equi-atomic NiTi alloy.

  14. Electropolishing of stainless steels in a choline chloride based ionic liquid: an electrochemical study with surface characterisation using SEM and atomic force microscopy.

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    Abbott, Andrew P; Capper, Glen; McKenzie, Katy J; Glidle, Andrew; Ryder, Karl S

    2006-09-28

    We have studied the anodic dissolution (electropolishing) of various stainless steel alloys in an ionic liquid comprising a 2 : 1 stoichiometric mix of ethylene glycol (EG) and choline chloride. We have used a combination of electrochemical and spectroscopic methods together with in situ liquid probe microscopy. We discuss the role and influence of the surface oxide passivation layer, characterized here by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and linear sweep voltammetry, on the polishing process. We address the question of dealloying during the polish in order to contribute to our understanding of the viability of the ionic liquid as a replacement industrial electropolishing medium; the current commercial process uses a corrosive mixture of phosphoric and sulfuric acids. Also, we present data from ex situ and in situ liquid AFM studies giving both a qualitative and quantitative insight into the nature and scale of morphological changes at the steel surface during the polishing process.

  15. Temperature- and deflection- dependences of orthodontic force with Ni-Ti wires.

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    Yanaru, Kotaro; Yamaguchi, Kazunori; Kakigawa, Hiroshi; Kozono, Yoshio

    2003-06-01

    Orthodontic forces of Ni-Ti wires examined under the retrained condition on the dental arch model were evaluated with the changes in temperature and deflection. The tested specimens were a commercially available superelastic (W1) wire and two shape memory wires with their nominal A(f) points were 35 degrees C (W2) and 40 degrees C (W3), respectively. They showed typical superelastic hysteresis loops under the restraint condition at 40 degrees C. The force levels were significantly larger than those generally obtained by simple three-bending test. The recovery forces in the plateau region at 1.0 mm deflection were much larger than desired in the clinical guidelines around oral temperatures. In the shape memory wire W3, the recovery force rapidly decreased to zero by a small reduction of the deflection from its maximum. However, the wire again exerted the force with the remaining permanent deflection by temperature rising. It was small compared to the guidelines of desirable orthodontic force and seemed to be useful especially for the hypersensitive patients.

  16. Innovative materials: the NiTi alloys in orthodontics.

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    Airoldi, G; Riva, G

    1996-01-01

    Since ten years the NiTi alloys have gained an ever increasing place in orthodontic practice: that is due to their peculiar mechanical properties ascribed to a martensitic thermoelastic transformation which can be thermally or, in a proper temperature range, stress-induced. In the last case, when martensite is stress-induced at body temperature, the stress-strain behaviour is pseudoelastic with large deformations gained or recovered at constant stress, respectively in direct/reverse transformation: this behaviour exploited in orthodontics allowed to overcome the drawbacks intrinsic to the use of conventional alloys as stainless steel or Co-Mo alloys, where small displacements can be achieved at decreasing loads. From the phase state diagram of NiTi alloys it appears that at body temperature they are stable, but out of equilibrium: thermal treatments at intermediate temperatures can therefore modify the equilibrium state and as a consequence the transformation temperatures respect to body temperature. That allows to modify the recovery stress level according to the requirements of practice and thus disclosing new roads: the capability to foresee NiTi archwires pre-programmed in different sections, with a personalized scheme. Attention has not currently been paid to the modifications in the recovery stress induced by a temperature change inside the oral cavity. Recent results have shown that the thermal changes in the oral cavity induced by cold/hot liquid intake can considerably modify the stress level to which the dentition is exposed: though confined to the time extent connected with drinking, similar effects can be expected also for meals intake and should be taken into account for a correct procedure.

  17. Enhancing the electrical properties of a flexible transparent graphene-based field-effect transistor using electropolished copper foil for graphene growth.

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    Tsai, Lei-Wei; Tai, Nyan-Hwa

    2014-07-09

    Flexible transparent graphene-based field-effect transistors (Gr-FETs) were fabricated using large-area single-layer graphene synthesized through low-pressure chemical vapor deposition on a pretreated copper (Cu) foil, followed by transfer of the graphene from the Cu foil to a poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET) substrate. The electropolishing method was adopted to smooth the surface of the Cu foil, which is a crucial factor because it affects the defect density of graphene films on the PET substrate after transfer and the electronic transport property of the graphene-based devices. The influence of the electropolishing process on the graphene properties was examined using a Raman spectroscope, a scanning electron microscope, and an optical microscope. When the electropolishing process was adopted to improve the graphene quality, the carrier mobility of the flexible transparent Gr-FETs was enhanced from 90 to 340 cm(2)/(V s). Furthermore, variation of the carrier mobility was lower than 10% when the bending radius of the flexible device was decreased from 6.0 to 1.0 cm.

  18. Launch Load Resistant Spacecraft Mechanism Bearings Made From NiTi Superelastic Intermetallic Materials

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    DellaCorte, Christopher; Moore, Lewis (Chip) E., III

    2014-01-01

    Compared to conventional bearing materials (tool steel and ceramics), emerging Superelastic Intermetallic Materials (SIMs), such as 60NiTi, have significantly lower elastic modulus and enhanced strain capability. They are also immune to atmospheric corrosion (rusting). This offers the potential for increased resilience and superior ability to withstand static indentation load without damage. In this paper, the static load capacity of hardened 60NiTi 50mm bore ball-bearing races are measured to correlate existing flat-plate indentation load capacity data to an actual bearing geometry through the Hertz stress relations. The results confirmed the validity of using the Hertz stress relations to model 60NiTi contacts; 60NiTi exhibits a static stress capability (3.1GPa) between that of 440C (2.4GPa) and REX20 (3.8GPa) tool steel. When the reduced modulus and extended strain capability are taken into account, 60NiTi is shown to withstand higher loads than other bearing materials. To quantify this effect, a notional space mechanism, a 5kg mass reaction wheel, was modeled with respect to launch load capability when supported on 440C, 60NiTi and REX20 tool steel bearings. For this application, the use of REX20 bearings increased the static load capability of the mechanism by a factor of three while the use of 60NiTi bearings resulted in an order of magnitude improvement compared to the baseline 440C stainless steel bearings.

  19. Launch Load Resistant Spacecraft Mechanism Bearings Made From NiTi Superelastic Intermetallic Materials

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    Dellacorte, Christopher; Moore, Lewis E.

    2014-01-01

    Compared to conventional bearing materials (tool steel and ceramics), emerging Superelastic Intermetallic Materials (SIMs), such as 60NiTi, have significantly lower elastic modulus and enhanced strain capability. They are also immune to atmospheric corrosion (rusting). This offers the potential for increased resilience and superior ability to withstand static indentation load without damage. In this paper, the static load capacity of hardened 60NiTi 50mm bore ball-bearing races are measured to correlate existing flat-plate indentation load capacity data to an actual bearing geometry through the Hertz stress relations. The results confirmed the validity of using the Hertz stress relations to model 60NiTi contacts; 60NiTi exhibits a static stress capability (3.1GPa) between that of 440C (2.4GPa) and REX20 (3.8GPa) tool steel. When the reduced modulus and extended strain capability are taken into account, 60NiTi is shown to withstand higher loads than other bearing materials. To quantify this effect, a notional space mechanism, a 5kg mass reaction wheel, was modeled with respect to launch load capability when supported on 440C, 60NiTi and REX20 tool steel bearings. For this application, the use of REX20 bearings increased the static load capability of the mechanism by a factor of three while the use of 60NiTi bearings resulted in an order of magnitude improvement compared to the baseline 440C stainless steel bearings.

  20. Enhanced retained dose uniformity in NiTi spinal correction rod treated by three-dimensional mesh-assisted nitrogen plasma immersion ion implantation

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    Lu, Q. Y.; Hu, T.; Kwok, Dixon T. K.; Chu, Paul K.

    2010-05-15

    Owing to the nonconformal plasma sheath in plasma immersion ion implantation of a rod sample, the retained dose can vary significantly. The authors propose to improve the implant uniformity by introducing a metal mesh. The depth profiles obtained with and without the mesh are compared and the implantation temperature at various locations is evaluated indirectly by differential scanning calorimeter. Our results reveal that by using the metal mesh, the retained dose uniformity along the length is greatly improved and the effects of the implantation temperature on the localized mechanical properties of the implanted NiTi shape memory alloy rod are nearly negligible.

  1. Final Technical Report: Nanostructured Shape Memory ALloys

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    Wendy Crone; Walter Drugan; Arthur Ellis; John Perepezko

    2005-07-28

    With this grant we explored the properties that result from combining the effects of nanostructuring and shape memory using both experimental and theoretical approaches. We developed new methods to make nanostructured NiTi by melt-spinning and cold rolling fabrication strategies, which elicited significantly different behavior. A template synthesis method was also used to created nanoparticles. In order to characterize the particles we created, we developed a new magnetically-assisted particle manipulation technique to manipulate and position nanoscale samples for testing. Beyond characterization, this technique has broader implications for assembly of nanoscale devices and we demonstrated promising applications for optical switching through magnetically-controlled scattering and polarization capabilities. Nanoparticles of nickel-titanium (NiTi) shape memory alloy were also produced using thin film deposition technology and nanosphere lithography. Our work revealed the first direct evidence that the thermally-induced martensitic transformation of these films allows for partial indent recovery on the nanoscale. In addition to thoroughly characterizing and modeling the nanoindentation behavior in NiTi thin films, we demonstrated the feasibility of using nanoindentation on an SMA film for write-read-erase schemes for data storage.

  2. Finite element modeling and fabrication of an SMA-SMP shape memory composite actuator

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    Souri, Mohammad

    Shape memory alloys and polymers have been extensively researched recently because of their unique ability to recover large deformations. Shape memory polymers (SMPs) are able to recover large deformations compared to shape memory alloys (SMAs), although SMAs have higher strength and are able to generate more stress during recovery. This project focuses on procedure for fabrication and Finite Element Modeling (FEM) of a shape memory composite actuator. First, SMP was characterized to reveal its mechanical properties. Specifically, glass transition temperature, the effects of temperature and strain rate on compressive response and recovery properties of shape memory polymer were studied. Then, shape memory properties of a NiTi wire, including transformation temperatures and stress generation, were investigated. SMC actuator was fabricated by using epoxy based SMP and NiTi SMA wire. Experimental tests confirmed the reversible behavior of fabricated shape memory composites. (Abstract shortened by ProQuest.).

  3. Crystallization study of amorphous sputtered NiTi bi-layer thin film

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    Mohri, Maryam; Nili-Ahmadabadi, Mahmoud; Chakravadhanula, Venkata Sai Kiran

    2015-05-15

    The crystallization of Ni-rich/NiTiCu bi-layer thin film deposited by magnetron sputtering from two separate alloy targets was investigated. To achieve the shape memory effect, the NiTi thin films deposited at room temperature with amorphous structure were annealed at 773 K for 15, 30, and 60 min for crystallization. Characterization of the films was carried out by differential scanning calorimetry to indicate the crystallization temperature, grazing incidence X-ray diffraction to identify the phase structures, atomic force microscopy to evaluate surface morphology, scanning transmission electron microscopy to study the cross section of the thin films. The results show that the structure of the annealed thin films strongly depends on the temperature and time of the annealing. Crystalline grains nucleated first at the surface and then grew inward to form columnar grains. Furthermore, the crystallization behavior was markedly affected by composition variations. - Highlights: • A developed bi-layer Ni45TiCu5/Ni50.8Ti was deposited on Si substrate and crystallized. • During crystallization, The Ni{sub 45}TiCu{sub 5} layer is thermally less stable than the Ni-rich layer. • The activation energy is 302 and 464 kJ/mol for Cu-rich and Ni-rich layer in bi-layer, respectively.

  4. Luders-like deformation associated with martensite reorientation in NiTi

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    Liu, Y.; Liu, Y.; Van Humbeeck, J.

    1998-09-15

    It is known that near-equiatomic NiTi shape memory alloys may exhibit a Lueders-like deformation behavior under a variety of testing conditions. These conditions include the tensile deformation associated with the stress-induced martensitic transformation from the austenite, the reverse transformation of the stress-induced martensite to austenite in pseudoelasticity, and the deformation in martensitic state via a martensite variant reorientation process. The Lueders-like deformation behavior is characterized by a stress plateau and a stress-drop at the beginning of the process for the forward transformation upon loading and a stress minimum for the reverse transformation on unloading. Based largely on this observation in pseudoelasticity, it has been suggested that the stress peaks at the beginning of the stress plateau are associated with the nucleation of the product phase for the corresponding transformations and that the stress plateau corresponds to the process of the transformations. This common belief, however, is challenged by a number of experimental observations. This seems to suggest that the occurrence of the stress plateau on a stress-strain curve is mechanical in nature instead of being determined by the transformation. This uncertainty, however, needs to be clarified.

  5. Simulating Thermal Cycling and Isothermal Deformation Response of Polycrystalline NiTi

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    Manchiraju, Sivom; Gaydosh, Darrell J.; Noebe, Ronald D.; Anderson, Peter M.

    2011-01-01

    A microstructure-based FEM model that couples crystal plasticity, crystallographic descriptions of the B2-B19' martensitic phase transformation, and anisotropic elasticity is used to simulate thermal cycling and isothermal deformation in polycrystalline NiTi (49.9at% Ni). The model inputs include anisotropic elastic properties, polycrystalline texture, DSC data, and a subset of isothermal deformation and load-biased thermal cycling data. A key experimental trend is captured.namely, the transformation strain during thermal cycling is predicted to reach a peak with increasing bias stress, due to the onset of plasticity at larger bias stress. Plasticity induces internal stress that affects both thermal cycling and isothermal deformation responses. Affected thermal cycling features include hysteretic width, two-way shape memory effect, and evolution of texture with increasing bias stress. Affected isothermal deformation features include increased hardening during loading and retained martensite after unloading. These trends are not captured by microstructural models that lack plasticity, nor are they all captured in a robust manner by phenomenological approaches. Despite this advance in microstructural modeling, quantitative differences exist, such as underprediction of open loop strain during thermal cycling.

  6. Fatigue of NiTi SMA-pulley system using Taguchi and ANOVA

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    Mohd Jani, Jaronie; Leary, Martin; Subic, Aleksandar

    2016-05-01

    Shape memory alloy (SMA) actuators can be integrated with a pulley system to provide mechanical advantage and to reduce packaging space; however, there appears to be no formal investigation of the effect of a pulley system on SMA structural or functional fatigue. In this work, cyclic testing was conducted on nickel-titanium (NiTi) SMA actuators on a pulley system and a control experiment (without pulley). Both structural and functional fatigues were monitored until fracture, or a maximum of 1E5 cycles were achieved for each experimental condition. The Taguchi method and analysis of the variance (ANOVA) were used to optimise the SMA-pulley system configurations. In general, one-way ANOVA at the 95% confidence level showed no significant difference between the structural or functional fatigue of SMA-pulley actuators and SMA actuators without pulley. Within the sample of SMA-pulley actuators, the effect of activation duration had the greatest significance for both structural and functional fatigue, and the pulley configuration (angle of wrap and sheave diameter) had a greater statistical significance than load magnitude for functional fatigue. This work identified that structural and functional fatigue performance of SMA-pulley systems is optimised by maximising sheave diameter and using an intermediate wrap-angle, with minimal load and activation duration. However, these parameters may not be compatible with commercial imperatives. A test was completed for a commercially optimal SMA-pulley configuration. This novel observation will be applicable to many areas of SMA-pulley system applications development.

  7. Influence of TiN coating on the biocompatibility of medical NiTi alloy.

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    Jin, Shi; Zhang, Yang; Wang, Qiang; Zhang, Dan; Zhang, Song

    2013-01-01

    The biocompatibility of TiN coated nickel-titanium shape memory alloy (NiTi-SMA) was evaluated to compare with that of the uncoated NiTi-SMA. Based on the orthodontic clinical application, the surface properties and biocompatibility were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), wettability test, mechanical test and in vitro tests including MTT, cell apoptosis and cell adhesion tests. It was observed that the bonding between the substrate and TiN coating is excellent. The roughness and wettability increased as for the TiN coating compared with the uncoated NiTi-SMA. MTT test showed no significant difference between the coated and uncoated NiTi-SMA, however the percentage of early cell apoptosis was significantly higher as for the uncoated NiTi alloy. SEM results showed that TiN coating could enhance the cell attachment, spreading and proliferation on NiTi-SMA. The results indicated that TiN coating bonded with the substrate well and could lead to a better biocompatibility.

  8. A comparison of cyclic fatigue between used and new Mtwo Ni-Ti rotary instruments.

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    Plotino, G; Grande, N M; Sorci, E; Malagnino, V A; Somma, F

    2006-09-01

    To evaluate the cyclic fatigue of Mtwo Ni-Ti rotary instruments after controlled clinical use in molar teeth. Twenty Mtwo instruments of each size were selected and divided into two groups: group A consisted of 10 new instruments (control group); group B consisted of 10 used instruments. Each instrument in group B was used to clean and shape 10 root canals of molar teeth in patients. Cyclic fatigue testing of instruments was performed in tapered artificial canals with a 5-mm radius of curvature and a 60 degrees angle of curvature. In all 140, instruments were rotated until fracture and the number of cycles to failure was recorded. Data were analysed using one-way anova, Tukey's HSD test and independent sample t-test to determine any statistical difference; the significance was determined at the 95% confidence level. A reduction of cycles to failure between new (group A) and used (group B) instruments was apparent. A statistically significant difference (P < 0.05) was noted between instruments of groups A and B in all sizes with the exception of size 40, 0.04 taper. Clinical use significantly reduced cyclic fatigue resistance of Mtwo rotary instruments when compared with an unused control group. However, all the instruments had minimal instrument fatigue when discarded after controlled clinical use.

  9. Canal Shaping with One Shape File and Twisted Files: A Comparative Study

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    Kumar, Vedati Santosh; Aravind, Kumbakonam; Kumar, Harish TVS; Vishal M, Bharath; Vizaikumar, Vasudha Nelluri; Das, Rupali; Vamsilatha, K

    2014-01-01

    Aim: The aim of this study was to compare the shaping ability of two different rotary Nickel –Titanium (Ni-Ti) files, One shape file and Twisted files in a simulated artificial canals. Materials and Methods: A total of 40 endodontic training blocks were used in this study and divided in two groups consisting of 20 each ( n = 20) and the shaping ability was accessed based on the left over ink stain in the artificial canal. Results: Image proplus analysis software and stereomicroscope were used for analysing the shaping ability of the files and statistical analysis was done by SPSS software. Twisted files showed better shaping ability compared to one shape file both experimentally and statistically. Conclusion: It can be concluded that twisted files shaped the canals better then one shape file. PMID:25654059

  10. Ferrous polycrystalline shape-memory alloy showing huge superelasticity.

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    Tanaka, Y; Himuro, Y; Kainuma, R; Sutou, Y; Omori, T; Ishida, K

    2010-03-19

    Shape-memory alloys, such as Ni-Ti and Cu-Zn-Al, show a large reversible strain of more than several percent due to superelasticity. In particular, the Ni-Ti-based alloy, which exhibits some ductility and excellent superelastic strain, is the only superelastic material available for practical applications at present. We herein describe a ferrous polycrystalline, high-strength, shape-memory alloy exhibiting a superelastic strain of more than 13%, with a tensile strength above 1 gigapascal, which is almost twice the maximum superelastic strain obtained in the Ni-Ti alloys. Furthermore, this ferrous alloy has a very large damping capacity and exhibits a large reversible change in magnetization during loading and unloading. This ferrous shape-memory alloy has great potential as a high-damping and sensor material.

  11. Pulsed laser deposition of hydroxyapatite film on laser gas nitriding NiTi substrate

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    Yang, S.; Xing, W.; Man, H. C.

    2009-09-01

    A hydroxyapatite (HA) film was deposited on laser gas nitriding (LGN) NiTi alloy substrate using pulsed laser deposition technique. TiN dendrite prepared by LGN provided a higher number of nucleation sites for HA film deposition, which resulted in that a lot number of HA particles were deposited on TiN dendrites. Moreover, the rough LGN surface could make the interface adhesive strength between HA film and substrate increase as compared with that on bare NiTi substrate.

  12. Surface characteristics, mechanical properties, and cytocompatibility of oxygen plasma-implanted porous nickel titanium shape memory alloy.

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    Wu, S L; Chu, Paul K; Liu, X M; Chung, C Y; Ho, J P Y; Chu, C L; Tjong, S C; Yeung, K W K; Lu, W W; Cheung, K M C; Luk, K D K

    2006-10-01

    Good surface properties and biocompatibility are crucial to porous NiTi shape memory alloys (SMA) used in medical implants, as possible nickel release from porous NiTi may cause deleterious effects in the human body. In this work, oxygen plasma immersion ion implantation (O-PIII) was used to reduce the amount of nickel leached from porous NiTi alloys with a porosity of 42% prepared by capsule-free hot isostatic pressing. The mechanical properties, surface properties, and biocompatibility were studied by compression tests, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and cell culturing. The O-PIII porous NiTi SMAs have good mechanical properties and excellent superelasticity, and the amount of nickel leached from the O-PIII porous NiTi is much less than that from the untreated samples. XPS results indicate that a nickel-depleted surface layer predominantly composed of TiO(2) is produced by O-PIII and acts as a barrier against out-diffusion of nickel. The cell culturing tests reveal that both the O-PIII and untreated porous NiTi alloys have good biocompatibility.

  13. A 24-month survey on root canal treatment performed by NiTi engine driven files and warm gutta-percha filling associated system.

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    Gagliani, M A; Cerutti, A; Bondesan, A; Colombo, M; Godio, E; Giacomelli, G

    2004-10-01

    Techniques based on NiTi engine driven files for shaping and warm gutta percha for obturing the root canal space are becoming more and more popular. Aim of this paper is to evaluate, by a clinical longitudinal study, the type of sealing and the outcome of endodontic treatment, performed by new Profile and Thermafil technique, in teeth with or without periapical lesions. A total of 122 teeth in 64 patients were consecutively enrolled in the study; 63 teeth had normal periapical status (Group A) and 59 teeth had periapical lesion (Group B). Endodontic therapy was carried out by Profile .04 and Profile .06 NiTi engine driven files and the obturation was made by Thermafil, a filling technique based on heated gutta-percha surrounding a plastic carrier. The type of sealing was evaluated by a score (A best - D worst) and the type of healing was classified as complete, incomplete and failure according to previous published data. The radiographical outcome of the teeth was evaluated by independent observers after 24 months. Data were analysed by non parametric statistics. At the end of the study, 115 teeth (59 group A and 56 group B) were examined. The quality of sealing was evaluated and some differences were reported comparing different types of teeth. The radiographic outcome was evaluated and 94.9% showed to be completely healed in group A and 48.2% in group B (p=0.0001). The technique based on NiTi engine driven files and Thermafil heated gutta-percha has shown, after 24 months, results which were comparable to other root canal shaping and filling methods.

  14. Corrosion resistance of stressed NiTi and stainless steel orthodontic wires in acid artificial saliva.

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    Huang, Her-Hsiung

    2003-09-15

    The purpose of this study was to investigate the corrosion resistance of stressed NiTi and stainless steel orthodontic wires using cyclic potentiodynamic and potentiostatic tests in acid artificial saliva at 37 degrees C. An atomic force microscope was used to measure the 3-D surface topography of as-received wires. Scanning electron microscope observations were carried out before and after the cyclic potentiodynamic tests. The surface chemical analysis was characterized using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and Auger electron spectroscopy after the potentiostatic tests. The cyclic potentiodynamic test results showed that the pH had a significant influence on the corrosion parameters of the stressed NiTi and stainless steel wires (p < 0.05). The pitting potential, protection potential, and passive range of stressed NiTi and stainless steel wires decreased on decreasing pH, whereas the passive current density increased on decreasing pH. The load had no significant influence on the above corrosion parameters (p > 0.05). For all pH and load conditions, stainless steel wire showed higher pitting potential and wider passive range than NiTi wire (p < 0.001), whereas NiTi wire had lower passive current density than stainless steel wire (p < 0.001). The corrosion resistance of the stressed NiTi and stainless steel wires was related to the surface characterizations, including surface defect and passive film.

  15. Characterization of PEG-Like Macromolecular Coatings on Plasma Modified NiTi Alloy

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    Yang, Jun; Gao, Jiacheng; Chang, Peng; Wang, Jianhua

    2008-04-01

    A poly (ethylene glycol) (PEG-like) coating was developed to improve the biocompatibility of Nickel-Titanium (NiTi) alloy implants. The PEG-like macromolecular coatings were deposited on NiTi substrates at a room temperature of 298 K through a ECR (electron-cyclotron resonance) cold-plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition method using tetraglyme (CH3-O-(CH2-CH2-O)4-CH3) as a precursor. A power supply with a frequency of 2.45 GHz was applied to ignite the plasma with Ar(argon) used as the carrier gas. Based on the atomic force microscopy (AFM) studies, a thin smooth coating on NiTi substrates with highly amorphous functional groups on the modified NiTi surfaces were mainly the same accumulated stoichiometric ratio of C and O with PEG. The vitro studies showed that platelet-rich plasma (PRP) adsorption on the modified NiTi alloy surface was significantly reduced. This study indicated that plasma surface modification changes the surface components of NiTi alloy and subsequently improves its biocompatibility.

  16. Behavior of NiTi in the presence of oral bacteria: corrosion by Streptococcus mutans.

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    Bahije, Loubna; Benyahia, Hicham; El Hamzaoui, Sakina; Ebn Touhami, Mohamed; Bengueddour, Rachid; Rerhrhaye, Wiam; Abdallaoui, Faïza; Zaoui, Fatima

    2011-03-01

    The aim of this study was to investigate the electrochemical behavior of nickel titanium (NiTi) orthodontic wires in a solution containing Streptococcus mutans oral bacteria. In this article, we explain our choice of bacterial species before describing the culture process in artificial saliva and the precautions needed to prevent contamination by other bacteria. The electrochemical behavior of the alloy (NiTi) was analyzed electrochemically in Ringer sterile artificial saliva and in artificial saliva enriched with a sterile broth and modified by addition of bacteria. The electrochemical procedures chosen for this study were: free corrosion potential, potentiodynamic curves and impedance spectroscopy. In this way, we were able to show that the free corrosion potential of the NiTi in the Ringer solution increases with time and then stabilizes, thus passivating the alloy. We also demonstrated that colonization of the metal surface by bacteria triggered a drop in the free corrosion potential. The electrochemical impedance findings revealed no significant difference in NiTi behavior between the two media. Finally, we observed a slight difference between the two corrosion currents in favor of the bacteria-enriched solution, in which the NiTi underwent greater corrosion. These findings demonstrate the impact of acidogenic bacteria on corrosion behavior of the NiTi wires investigated. However, further research is required, notably incorporating longer immersion times in the two media. Copyright © 2011 CEO. Published by Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  17. Effect of nano-hydroxyapatite reinforcement in mechanically alloyed NiTi composites for biomedical implant.

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    Akmal, Muhammad; Raza, Ahmad; Khan, Muhammad Mudasser; Khan, M Imran; Hussain, Muhammad Asif

    2016-11-01

    Equi-atomic NiTi alloy composites reinforced with 0, 2, 4 and 6vol.% nano-hydroxyapatite (HA) were successfully synthesized using pressureless sintering. Pure Ni and Ti elements were ball milled for 10h in order to produce a mechanically alloyed equi-atomic NiTi alloy (MA-NiTi). Mechanically alloyed NiTi and HA powders were blended, compacted and then sintered for 3h at 1325K. The sintered density varied inversely with volume percent of HA reinforcement. The X-Ray diffraction spectra and SEM images showed the formation of multiple phases like NiTi, NiTi2, Ni3Ti, and Ni4Ti3. The back scattered-SEM image analysis confirmed the presence of Ni-rich and Ti-rich phases with increasing HA content. The 6vol.% HA reinforced composite showed Ni3Ti as the major phase having the highest hardness value which can be attributed to the presence of relatively harder phases along with higher HA content as a reinforcement. The composite of MA-NiTi with 2vol.% HA manifested the most desirable results in the form of better sintering density mainly due to the minute decomposition of NiTi into other phases. Therefore, the 2vol.% reinforced MA-NiTi composite can be exploited as a novel material for manufacturing biomedical implants.

  18. The effect of electrical treatment on cyclic fatigue of NiTi instruments.

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    Saghiri, Mohammad Ali; Asatourian, Armen; Garcia-Godoy, Franklin; Gutmann, James L; Lotfi, Mehrdad; Sheibani, Nader

    2014-01-01

    Dentists desire to use NiTi rotary instruments, which do not break inside the root canals of teeth, since the pieces from broken files are difficult to remove. The NiTi rotary instrument breakage is because of cyclic and torsional fatigue. Here the low-voltage (12 V) and high voltage (24 V) electrical treatments were used to enhance the cyclic fatigue of NiTi rotary instruments and increase their durability. In excremental groups, following electrical treatment samples of the NiTi instruments were rotated inside artificial root canals until they broke. Our results showed that electrical treatment with 12-V DC was effective in restoring NiTi instrument's resistance to cyclic fatigue. The scanning electron microscopy images and fractograph of samples exposed to 12-V electrical treatment showed a more regular texture over the surface with less dimpling on fractured site. These patterns can improve the super elasticity of tested devices during rotational movement, and delay the NiTi instruments separation in root canal preparations.

  19. Predicting in vivo failure of pseudoelastic NiTi devices under low cycle, high amplitude fatigue.

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    Young, Jeremy M; Van Vliet, Krystyn J

    2005-01-15

    Due to the large reversible strains achievable through the stress-induced austenite-martensite phase transformation in NiTi alloys, NiTi has replaced stainless steel in the majority of large-strain biomedical applications such as root canal enlargement. However, the pseudoelasticity of NiTi is currently overshadowed by the short fatigue life of NiTi wires used in this low cycle (200-2000 rpm), high amplitude (epsilon(a) > 2.5%) application, resulting in in vivo fracture or premature retirement of otherwise reusable NiTi-based wire devices. In this study, the failure of pseudoelastic 55.8 wt % Ni-Ti wire is investigated experimentally, as a function of experimental parameters that include the clinically relevant regime. The effects of radius of curvature, angle of curvature, wire diameter, strain amplitude, cyclic frequency, volume under strain, and specific heat of the surrounding environmental fluid are considered systematically. These data indicate that the lifetime or cycles to failure N(f) of a rotating NiTi wire can be predicted via a modified Coffin-Manson relation that is a strong function of both strain amplitude and volume under strain, and a weaker function of frequency and fluid specific heat. The resulting quantitative relation can be used to predict useful device lifetime under clinically relevant conditions and thereby reduce incidences of in vivo failure.

  20. Radiological image-guided placement of covered Niti-S stent for palliation of dysphagia in patients with cervical esophageal cancer.

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    Fujita, Takeshi; Tanabe, Masahiro; Shimizu, Kensaku; Iida, Etsushi; Matsunaga, Naofumi

    2013-06-01

    The aim of this study was to evaluate the clinical effectiveness of covered Niti-S stent placement under multidetector CT and fluoroscopy guidance for the palliation of dysphagia in patients with cervical esophageal cancer. Under radiological imaging guidance using axial and sagittal CT scans, and fluoroscopy, Niti-S esophageal stents were placed in ten consecutive patients with complete obstruction caused by cervical esophageal cancer (9 men and 1 woman; age range = 54-79 years; mean age = 68.1 years) between February 2010 and December 2011. The procedure time and technical success rate were evaluated. Swallowing improvement was assessed by the following items: ability to eat and/or swallow (graded as follows: 3 = ability to eat normal diet, 2 = ability to eat semisolids, 1 = ability to swallow liquids, 0 = complete obstruction). Procedural and post-procedural complications were also evaluated. Survival (mean ± SD) was examined. The mean (±SD) procedure time was 40 ± 19 min (range = 21-69 min). Stent placement was technically successful in all patients; inadequate stent deployment did not occur in any case. Ability to eat and/or swallow was improved and scored 2.4 (score 3 in 5 cases, score 2 in 4 cases, score 1 in 1 case, and score 0 in no case) after stent placement. No major or post-procedural complications were encountered. The mean survival time was 131 ± 77 days (range = 31-259 days). Niti-S stents appeared to be a safe and effective device for the palliation of dysphagia caused by advanced cervical esophageal cancer. Multidetector CT and fluoroscopy image guidance helped the operators accurately place the stents in the cervical esophagus.

  1. Effect of Applied Potential on Fatigue Life of Electropolished Nitinol Wires

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    Sivan, Shiril; Di Prima, Matthew; Weaver, Jason D.

    2017-06-01

    Nitinol is used as a metallic biomaterial in medical devices due to its shape memory and pseudoelastic properties. The clinical performance of nitinol depends on factors which include the surface finish, the local environment, and the mechanical loads to which the device is subjected. Preclinical evaluations of device durability are performed with fatigue tests while electrochemical characterization methods such as ASTM F2129 are employed to evaluate corrosion susceptibility by determining the rest potential and breakdown potential. However, it is well established that the rest potential of a metal surface can vary with the local environment. Very little is known regarding the influence of voltage on fatigue life of nitinol. In this study, we developed a fatigue testing method in which an electrochemical system was integrated with a rotary bend wire fatigue tester. Samples were fatigued at various strain levels at electropotentials anodic and cathodic to the rest potential to determine if it could influence fatigue life. Wires at potentials negative to the rest potential had a significantly higher number of cycles to fracture than wires held at potentials above the breakdown potential. For wires for which no potential was applied, they had fatigue life similar to wires at negative potentials.

  2. Effect of Pore Size and Porosity on the Biomechanical Properties and Cytocompatibility of Porous NiTi Alloys.

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    Jian, Yu-Tao; Yang, Yue; Tian, Tian; Stanford, Clark; Zhang, Xin-Ping; Zhao, Ke

    2015-01-01

    Five types of porous Nickel-Titanium (NiTi) alloy samples of different porosities and pore sizes were fabricated. According to compressive and fracture strengths, three groups of porous NiTi alloy samples underwent further cytocompatibility experiments. Porous NiTi alloys exhibited a lower Young's modulus (2.0 GPa ~ 0.8 GPa). Both compressive strength (108.8 MPa ~ 56.2 MPa) and fracture strength (64.6 MPa ~ 41.6 MPa) decreased gradually with increasing mean pore size (MPS). Cells grew and spread well on all porous NiTi alloy samples. Cells attached more strongly on control group and blank group than on all porous NiTi alloy samples (p < 0.05). Cell adhesion on porous NiTi alloys was correlated negatively to MPS (277.2 μm ~ 566.5 μm; p < 0.05). More cells proliferated on control group and blank group than on all porous NiTi alloy samples (p < 0.05). Cellular ALP activity on all porous NiTi alloy samples was higher than on control group and blank group (p < 0.05). The porous NiTi alloys with optimized pore size could be a potential orthopedic material.

  3. Pseudo-creep in Shape Memory Alloy Wires and Sheets

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    Russalian, V. R.; Bhattacharyya, A.

    2017-10-01

    Interruption of loading during reorientation and isothermal pseudoelasticity in shape memory alloys with a strain arrest ( i.e., holding strain constant) results in a time-dependent evolution in stress or with a stress arrest ( i.e., holding stress constant) results in a time-dependent evolution in strain. This phenomenon, which we term as pseudo-creep, is similar to what was reported in the literature three decades ago for some traditional metallic materials undergoing plastic deformation. In a previous communication, we reported strain arrest of isothermal pseudoelastic loading, isothermal pseudoelastic unloading, and reorientation in NiTi wires as well as a rate-independent phase diagram. In this paper, we provide experimental results of the pseudo-creep phenomenon during stress arrest of isothermal pseudoelasticity and reorientation in NiTi wires as well as strain arrest of isothermal pseudoelasticity and reorientation in NiTi sheets. Stress arrest in NiTi wires accompanied by strain accumulation or recovery is studied using the technique of multi-video extensometry. The experimental results were used to estimate the amount of mechanical energy needed to evolve the wire from one microstructural state to another during isothermal pseudoelastic deformation and the difference in energies between the initial and the final rest state between which the aforementioned evolution has occurred.

  4. Improvements of anti-corrosion and mechanical properties of NiTi orthopedic materials by acetylene, nitrogen and oxygen plasma immersion ion implantation

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    Poon, Ray W. Y.; Ho, Joan P. Y.; Liu, Xuanyong; Chung, C. Y.; Chu, Paul K.; Yeung, Kelvin W. K.; Lu, William W.; Cheung, Kenneth M. C.

    2005-08-01

    Nickel-titanium shape memory alloys (NiTi) are useful materials in orthopedics and orthodontics due to their unique super-elasticity and shape memory effects. However, the problem associated with the release of harmful Ni ions to human tissues and fluids has been raising safety concern. Hence, it is necessary to produce a surface barrier to impede the out-diffusion of Ni ions from the materials. We have conducted acetylene, nitrogen and oxygen plasma immersion ion implantation (PIII) into NiTi alloys in an attempt to improve the surface properties. All the implanted and annealed samples surfaces exhibit outstanding corrosion and Ni out-diffusion resistance. Besides, the implanted layers are mechanically stronger than the substrate underneath. XPS analyses disclose that the layer formed by C2H2 PIII is composed of mainly TiCx with increasing Ti to C concentration ratios towards the bulk. The nitrogen PIII layer is observed to be TiN, whereas the oxygen PIII layer is composed of oxides of Ti4+, Ti3+ and Ti2+.

  5. Cyclic fatigue resistance of Mtwo NiTi rotary instruments used by experienced and novice operators--an in vivo and in vitro study.

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    Plotino, Gianluca; Al-Sudani, Dina; Pulino, Stefano; Grande, Nicola M; Marcoli, Piero Alessandro; Pizzi, Silvia; Testarelli, Luca; Gambarini, Gianluca

    2012-06-01

    The aim of the present study was to evaluate the cyclic fatigue resistance of Mtwo NiTi rotary instruments after clinical use by 1 experienced and 1 novice operator. Cyclic fatigue testing of instruments was performed on tapered artificial canals with a 5 mm radius of curvature and 60° angle of curvature. Twenty Mtwo instruments for each size were selected and divided into 2 groups: group A consisted of 10 instruments of each size used for shaping 10 root canals in molar teeth of patients by an experienced operator; group B consisted of 10 instruments of each size used for shaping 10 root canals in molar teeth of patients by a novice operator. Instruments were rotated until fracture occurred and the numbers of cycles to failure (NCF) were recorded. Data obtained were subjected to an independent sample t-test to determine statistical differences. The significance was determined at a 95% confidence level. No statistically significant difference (P<0.05) was noted between the instruments of groups A and B for all sizes. More instruments with visible signs of plastic deformation were identified for the novice operator. The clinical use of Mtwo NiTi rotary instruments by a novice operator did not significantly affect the cyclic fatigue resistance when compared with the control group of the same instrument sizes used by an experienced operator. It can be concluded that novice operators can use these instruments safely under the recommended technical guidelines.

  6. Cyclic fatigue resistance of Mtwo NiTi rotary instruments used by experienced and novice operators – an in vivo and in vitro study

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    Plotino, Gianluca; Al-Sudani, Dina; Pulino, Stefano; Grande, Nicola M.; Marcoli, Piero Alessandro; Pizzi, Silvia; Testarelli, Luca; Gambarini, Gianluca

    2012-01-01

    Summary Background The aim of the present study was to evaluate the cyclic fatigue resistance of Mtwo NiTi rotary instruments after clinical use by 1 experienced and 1 novice operator. Material/Methods Cyclic fatigue testing of instruments was performed on tapered artificial canals with a 5 mm radius of curvature and 60° angle of curvature. Twenty Mtwo instruments for each size were selected and divided into 2 groups: group A consisted of 10 instruments of each size used for shaping 10 root canals in molar teeth of patients by an experienced operator; group B consisted of 10 instruments of each size used for shaping 10 root canals in molar teeth of patients by a novice operator. Instruments were rotated until fracture occurred and the numbers of cycles to failure (NCF) were recorded. Data obtained were subjected to an independent sample t-test to determine statistical differences. The significance was determined at a 95% confidence level. Results No statistically significant difference (P<0.05) was noted between the instruments of groups A and B for all sizes. More instruments with visible signs of plastic deformation were identified for the novice operator. Conclusions The clinical use of Mtwo NiTi rotary instruments by a novice operator did not significantly affect the cyclic fatigue resistance when compared with the control group of the same instrument sizes used by an experienced operator. It can be concluded that novice operators can use these instruments safely under the recommended technical guidelines. PMID:22648260

  7. Launch Load Resistant Spacecraft Mechanism Bearings Made From NiTi Superelastic Intermetallic Materials

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    DellaCorte, Christopher; Moore, Lewis E., III

    2014-01-01

    Compared to conventional bearing materials (tool steel and ceramics), emerging Superelastic Intermetallic Materials (SIMs), such as 60NiTi, have significantly lower elastic modulus and enhanced strain capability. They are also immune to atmospheric corrosion (rusting). This offers the potential for increased resilience and superior ability to withstand static indentation load without damage. In this paper, the static load capacity of hardened 60NiTi 50-mm-bore ball bearing races are measured to correlate existing flat-plate indentation load capacity data to an actual bearing geometry through the Hertz stress relations. The results confirmed the validity of using the Hertz stress relations to model 60NiTi contacts; 60NiTi exhibits a static stress capability (approximately 3.1 GPa) between that of 440C (2.4 GPa) and REX20 (3.8 GPa) tool steel. When the reduced modulus and extended strain capability are taken into account, 60NiTi is shown to withstand higher loads than other bearing materials. To quantify this effect, a notional space mechanism, a 5-kg mass reaction wheel, was modeled with respect to launch load capability when supported on standard (catalogue geometry) design 440C; 60NiTi and REX20 tool steel bearings. For this application, the use of REX20 bearings increased the static load capability of the mechanism by a factor of three while the use of 60NiTi bearings resulted in an order of magnitude improvement compared to the baseline 440C stainless steel bearings

  8. Density functional theory simulation of titanium migration and reaction with oxygen in the early stages of oxidation of equiatomic NiTi alloy.

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    Nolan, Michael; Tofail, Syed A M

    2010-05-01

    The biocompatibility of NiTi shape memory alloys (SMA) has made possible applications in self-expandable cardio-vascular stents, stone extraction baskets, catheter guide wires and other invasive and minimally invasive biomedical devices. The NiTi intermetallic alloy spontaneously forms a thin passive layer of TiO(2), which provides its biocompatibility. The oxide layer is thought to form as the Ti in the alloy surface reacts with oxygen, resulting in a depletion of Ti in the subsurface region - experimental evidence indicates formation of a Ni-rich layer below the oxide film. In this paper, we study the initial stages of oxide growth on the (110) surface of the NiTi alloy to understand the formation of alloy/oxide interface. We initially adsorb atomic and molecular oxygen on the (110) surface and then successively add O(2) molecules, up to 2 monolayer of O(2). Oxygen adsorption always results in a large energy gain. With atomic oxygen, Ti is pulled out of the surface layer leaving behind a Ni-rich subsurface region. Molecular O(2), on the other hand adsorbs dissociatively and pulls a Ti atom farther out of the surface layer. The addition of further O(2) up to 1 monolayer is also dissociative and results in complete removal of Ti from the initial surface layer. When further O(2) is added up to 2 monolayer, Ti is pulled even further out of the surface and a single thin layer of composition O-Ti-O is formed. The electronic structure shows that the metallic character of the alloy is unaffected by interaction with oxygen and formation of the oxide layer, consistent with the oxide layer being a passivant. Copyright 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  9. Examination of Chinese NiTi wire by a combined clinical and laboratory approach.

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    Mohlin, B; Müller, H; Odman, J; Thilander, B

    1991-10-01

    Chinese NiTi wire was compared with Nitinol and stainless steel wires in a combined laboratory and clinical examination. In the laboratory test, the loading and unloading-deflection properties of the wires were determined in a three-point bending test and their surface properties were studied in a scanning electron microscope. This test attempts to simulate a common clinical situation. The NiTi material showed a non-linear force-deflection relationship. The increase in force from 1 mm deflection and onwards was very slow and the force delivered during unloading from large deflections was almost constant. This behaviour was somewhat different for smaller downward deflections of NiTi wires. Plastic deformation was insignificant. The clinical study confirmed the laboratory results obtained, characterizing a wire material much superior to stainless steel and even superior to Nitinol for alignment purposes. In clinical use, however, the rate of fractures of NiTi wires turned out to be unsatisfactorily high. This disadvantage was not predicted by the three-point bending test. Scanning electron microscopy revealed surface defects and non-metallic inclusions in fractured NiTi wires. A combination of a bending test simulating a clinical situation and surface examination is recommended when new wire materials are to be tested.

  10. Effect of temperature on the orthodontic clinical applications of niti closed-coil springs

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    Espinar-Escalona, Eduardo; Llamas-Carreras, José M.; Barrera-Mora, José M.; Abalos-Lasbrucci, Camilo

    2013-01-01

    NiTi spring coils were used to obtain large deformation under a constant force. The device consists on a NiTi coil spring, superelastic at body temperature, in order to have a stress plateau during the austenitic retransformation during the unloading. The temperature variations induced changes in the spring force. Objectives: The aim of this study is to investigate the effect of the temperature variations in the spring forces and corrosion behaviour simulating the ingestion hot/cold drinks and food. Study Design: The springs were subjected to a tensile force using universal testing machine MTS-Adamel (100 N load cell). All tests were performed in artificial saliva maintained at different temperatures. The corrosion tests were performed according to the ISO-standard 10993-15:2000. Results: The increase in temperature of 18oC induced an increase in the spring force of 30%. However, when the temperature returns to 37oC the distraction force recovers near the initial level. After cooling down the spring to 15oC, the force decreased by 46%. This investigation show as the temperature increase, the corrosion potential shifts towards negative values and the corrosion density is rising. Conclusions: The changes of the temperatures do not modify the superelastic behaviour of the NiTi closed-coil springs. The corrosion potential of NiTi in artificial saliva is decreasing by the rise of the temperatures. Key words:Superelasticity, NiTi, springs, orthodontic, coils, recovery, temperature. PMID:23722142

  11. Monitoring Tensile Fatigue of Superelastic NiTi Wire in Liquids by Electrochemical Potential

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    Racek, Jan; Stora, Marc; Šittner, Petr; Heller, Luděk; Kopeček, Jaromir; Petrenec, Martin

    2015-06-01

    Fatigue of superelastic NiTi wires was investigated by cyclic tension in simulated biofluid. The state of the surface of the fatigued NiTi wire was monitored by following the evolution of the electrochemical open circuit potential (OCP) together with macroscopic stresses and strains. The ceramic TiO2 oxide layer on the NiTi wire surface cannot withstand the large transformation strain and fractures in the first cycle. Based on the analysis of the results of in situ OCP experiments and SEM observation of cracks, it is claimed that the cycled wire surface develops mechanochemical reactions at the NiTi/liquid interface leading to cumulative generation of hydrogen, uptake of the hydrogen by the NiTi matrix, local loss of the matrix strength, crack transfer into the NiTi matrix, accelerated crack growth, and ultimately to the brittle fracture of the wire. Fatigue degradation is thus claimed to originate from the mechanochemical processes occurring at the excessively deforming surface not from the accumulation of defects due to energy dissipative bulk deformation processes. Ironically, combination of the two exciting properties of NiTi—superelasticity due to martensitic transformation and biocompatibility due to the protective TiO2 surface oxide layer—leads to excessive fatigue damage during cyclic mechanical loading in biofluids.

  12. Electrophoretic deposition of double-layer HA/Al composite coating on NiTi.

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    Karimi, Esmaeil; Khalil-Allafi, Jafar; Khalili, Vida

    2016-01-01

    In order to improve the bioactivity of NiTi alloys, which are being known as the suitable materials for biomedical applications, numerous NiTi disks were electrophoretically coated by hetero-coagulated hydroxyapatite/aluminum composite coatings in three main voltages from suspensions with different Al concentrations. In this paper, the amount of Ni ions release and bioactivity of prepared samples as well as bonding strength of the coating to substrate were investigated. The surface characterization of the coating by XRD, EDX, SEM, and FTIR showed that HA particles bonded by Al particles. It caused the formation of a free crack coating on NiTi disks. Moreover, the bonding strength of HA/Al coatings to NiTi substrate were improved by two times as compared to that of the pure HA coatings. Immersing of coated samples in SBF for 1 week showed that apatite formation ability was improved on HA/Al composite coating and Ni ions release from the surface of composite coating decreased. These results induce the appropriate bioactivity and biocompatibility of the deposited HA/Al composite coatings on NiTi disks.

  13. Beneficial Tensile Mean Strain Effects on the Fatigue Behavior of Superelastic NiTi

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    Rutherford, Benjamin Andrew

    In this work, beneficial effects of tensile mean strain on fatigue behavior and microstructure of superelastic NiTi (i.e. Nitinol) are studied. Most applications, such as endovascular stents made with NiTi, are subjected to a combination of constant and cyclic loading; thus, understanding the fatigue behavior of NiTi undergoing mean strain loading is necessary. Cyclic strain-controlled fatigue tests are designed to investigate the effects of tensile mean strain on fatigue of superelastic NiTi. Experimental observations show that combinations of large tensile mean strains and small strain amplitudes improve the fatigue life of superelastic NiTi. This behavior arises from reversible, stress-induced phase transformations. The phase transformations cause "stress plateaus" or strain ranges with no change in stress value. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) of the fracture surfaces of specimens revealed generally short crack growth. Electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) found the amount of residual martensite to be about 8%, regardless of loading conditions.

  14. NITI Needs Assessment Study. A Study of the Postsecondary Educational Needs of Merged Area I. Executive Summary.

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    Ratcliff, James L.

    The purpose of the Northeast Iowa Technical Institute (NITI) Needs Assessment Study was to examine the constituents and clients of NITI to determine whether the present mix of vocational-technical and adult education programs and services was optimal to meet the needs of the residents of Merged Area I. Particular attention was given to the…

  15. A Comparative Study on the Mechanical Behavior of Porous Titanium and NiTi Produced by a Space Holder Technique

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    Hosseini, S. A.; Yazdani-Rad, R.; Kazemzadeh, A.; Alizadeh, M.

    2014-03-01

    NiTi and Ti porous specimens with appropriate pore characteristics for biomedical applications are produced by space holder method. Porosities of the specimens linearly increase from 14 to 65 and 42 to 70% for the Ti and NiTi specimens, respectively, with the urea space holder. Mechanical properties such as stiffness, fracture strain, and strength of the porous NiTi and Ti are adjustable with pore characteristics. The apparent elasticity modulus of NiTi specimens decrease from 3.5 to 0.73 GPa as porosity increases. Since the initial linear part of the stress-strain curve consists of elastic behavior, formation of stress-induced martensite, deformation and/or detwinning of martensite variants, and plastic deformation, the unloading slope of stress-strain curves is a better approximation for the elasticity modulus of the NiTi porous specimens as it is proved by an isotropic cubic cell model. The unloading slope of the NiTi specimen with 61% porosity is 3.1 GPa, while the apparent elasticity or loading slope is 0.85 GPa. In comparison to Ti, the high, recoverable strain of NiTi improves capability of it as a good candidate for bone replacement. Moreover, in contrast to Ti specimens, hysteresis loops are clearly observed in the stress-strain curves of NiTi specimens.

  16. Strain dependence of pseudoelastic hysteresis of NiTi

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    Liu, Y.; Houver, I.; Xiang, H.; Bataillard, L.; Miyazaki, S.

    1999-05-01

    This work investigated the transformation-strain dependence of the stress hysteresis of pseudoelasticity associated with the stress-induced martensitic transformation in binary NiTi alloys. The strain dependence was studied with respect to the deformation mode during the stress-induced martensitic transformation, which was either localized or homogeneous. It was observed that the apparent stress hysteresis of pseudoelasticity was independent of the transformation strain within the macroscopic deformation range, for the specimens deformed in a localized manner. For specimens macroscopically deformed uniformly, the stress hysteresis of pseudoelasticity increased continuously with increasing strain from the beginning of the stress-induced martensitic transformation. The transformation-strain independence of the stress hysteresis for localized deformation is ascribed to be an artificial phenomenon, whereas the transformation-strain dependence of the hysteresis for uniform deformation is believed to be intrinsic to the process of stress-induced martensitic transformation in polycrystalline materials. This intrinsic behavior is attributed to the polycrystallinity of the materials.

  17. Electromagnetic induction heating of an orthopaedic nickel--titanium shape memory device.

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    Müller, Christian W; Pfeifer, Ronny; El-Kashef, Tarek; Hurschler, Christof; Herzog, Dirk; Oszwald, Markus; Haasper, Carl; Krettek, Christian; Gösling, Thomas

    2010-12-01

    Shape memory orthopaedic implants made from nickel-titanium (NiTi) might allow the modulation of fracture healing, changing their cross-sectional shape by employing the shape memory effect. We aimed to show the feasibility and safety of contact-free electromagnetic induction heating of NiTi implants in a rat model. A water-cooled generator-oscillator combination was used. Induction characteristics were determined by measuring the temperature increase of a test sample in correlation to generator power and time. In 53 rats, NiTi implants were introduced into the right hind leg. The animals were transferred to the inductor, and the implant was electromagnetically heated to temperatures between 40 and 60°C. Blood samples were drawn before and 4 h after the procedure. IL-1, IL-4, IL-10, TNF-α, and IFN-γ were measured. Animals were euthanized at 3 weeks. Histological specimens from the hind leg and liver were retrieved and examined for inflammatory changes, necrosis, and corrosion pits. Cytokine measurements and histological specimens showed no significant differences among the groups. We concluded that electromagnetic induction heating of orthopedic NiTi implants is feasible and safe in a rat model. This is the first step in the development of new orthopedic implants in which stiffness or rigidity can be modified after implantation to optimize bone-healing.

  18. Effect of thermal oxidation on the surface characteristics and corrosion behavior of a Ta-implanted Ti-50.6Ni shape memory alloy

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    Wang, Sheng-nan; Li, Yan; Zhao, Ting-ting

    2012-12-01

    A NiTi shape memory alloy (SMA) modified by Ta ion implantation was subjected to oxidation treatment in air at 723 and 873 K. Atomic force microscopy (AFM), Auger electron spectroscopy (AES), and grazing incidence X-ray diffraction (GIXRD) measurements were conducted to investigate the surface characteristics, including surface topography, elemental depth profiles, and surface phase structures. The surface roughness of the Ta-implanted NiTi increases after oxidation, and the higher the oxidation temperature is, the larger the value is. The surface of the Ta-implanted NiTi oxidized at 723 K is a nanolayer mainly composed of TiO2/Ta2O5 and TiO with depressed Ni content. The Ta-implanted NiTi oxidized at 873 K is mainly covered by rutile TiO2 in several micrometers of thickness. Potentiodynamic polarization tests indicated that the corrosion resistance of the Ta-implanted NiTi was improved after thermal oxidation at 723 K, but a negative impact was found for the Ta-implanted NiTi oxidized at 873 K.

  19. Two-spring model for active compression textiles with integrated NiTi coil actuators

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    Holschuh, B.; Newman, D.

    2015-03-01

    This paper describes the development and implementation of a two-spring model to predict the performance of hybrid compression textiles combining passive elastic fabrics and integrated NiTi shape memory alloy (SMA) coil actuators. An analytic model that treats passive fabric-SMA coil systems as conjoined linear springs is presented to predict garment passive and active counter-pressure as a function of 11 design variables. For a fixed SMA coil design (encompassing five design variables), the model predicts that passive fabric material modulus, initial length, width and thickness determine both passive counter-pressure magnitude and activation stroke length, and that passive and active pressures are highly dependent on the relative unstretched lengths of the conjoined SMA-fabric system compared to the total limb circumference. Several passive fabrics were tested to determine their moduli and to generally assess the fabric linearity model assumption: two fabrics (spandex and neoprene) were found to behave linearly up to 200% strain, while two other fabrics (flat polyester elastic and a tri-laminate Lycra) were found to be nonlinear in the same strain envelope. Five hypothetical compression tourniquet designs are presented using experimentally determined fabric characteristics and previously studied SMA actuators developed at MIT. The performance of each tourniquet design is discussed with a specific focus on mechanical counter-pressure (MCP) space suit design requirements, with designs presented that achieve the full MCP design specification (\\gt 29.6 kPa) while minimizing (\\lt 5 mm) garment thickness. The modeling framework developed in this effort enables compression garment designers to tailor counter-pressure and activation stroke properties of active compression garments based on a variety of design parameters to meet a wide range of performance specifications.

  20. Influence of a brushing working motion on the fatigue life of NiTi rotary instruments.

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    Plotino, G; Grande, N M; Sorci, E; Malagnino, V A; Somma, F

    2007-01-01

    To evaluate the cyclic fatigue resistance of Mtwo NiTi rotary instruments when used with a brushing or no-brushing action in oval root canals. Cyclic fatigue testing of instruments was performed in tapered artificial canals with a 5 mm radius of curvature and an angle of curvature of 60 degrees. Twenty Mtwo instruments for each size were selected and divided into two groups: group A = 10 instruments used with a no-brushing motion (control group); group B = 10 instruments used with a brushing-milling action. Each Mtwo instrument was used for cleaning and shaping 10 oval root canals. In all 80 instruments were rotated until fracture occurred and the number of cycles to failure (NCF) recorded. Data were analysed by one-way ANOVA, Tukey HSD test and independent sample t-test to determine any statistical difference; the significance was determined at the 95% confidence level. No statistically significant reduction of NCF between instruments used with a no-brushing motion (group A) and instruments used with a brushing motion (group B) were apparent except for size 25, 0.06 taper. Mtwo size 10, 0.04 taper, size 15, 0.05 taper, size 20, 0.06 taper, size 25, 0.06 taper instruments had a decrease in life span of 1%, 0.5%, 8% and 19%, respectively. Fatigue life of instruments of larger size could be reduced by using them with a lateral brushing or pressing movement. However, each file was successfully operated without intracanal failure, demonstrating that Mtwo rotary instruments can be used safely in a brushing action in simulated clinical conditions up to 10 times in oval canals.

  1. Degradation and fracture of Ni-Ti superelastic wire in an oral cavity.

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    Yokoyama, K; Hamada, K; Moriyama, K; Asaoka, K

    2001-08-01

    Superelastic Ni-Ti wire is widely used in orthodontic clinics, but delayed fracture in the oral cavity has been observed. Because hydrogen embrittlement is known to cause damage to Ti alloy systems, orthodontic wires were charged with hydrogen using an electro-chemical system in saline. Tensile tests were carried out, and fracture surfaces were observed after hydrogen charging. The strength of the Co-Cr alloy and stainless steel used in orthodontic treatment, was not affected by the hydrogen charging. However, Ni-Ti wire showed significant decreases in strength. The critical stress of martensite transformation was increased with increasing hydrogen charging, and the alloy was embrittled. The fractured surface of the alloys with severe hydrogen charging exhibited dimple patterns similar to those in the alloys from patients. In view of the galvanic current in the mouth, the fracture of the Ni-Ti alloys might be attributed to the degradation of the mechanical properties due to hydrogen absorption.

  2. Molecular dynamics study of the melting curve of NiTi alloy under pressure

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    Zeng, Zhao-Yi; Hu, Cui-E.; Cai, Ling-Cang; Chen, Xiang-Rong; Jing, Fu-Qian

    2011-02-01

    The melting curve of NiTi alloy was predicted by using molecular dynamics simulations combining with the embedded atom model potential. The calculated thermal equation of state consists well with our previous results obtained from quasiharmonic Debye approximation. Fitting the well-known Simon form to our Tm data yields the melting curves for NiTi: 1850(1 + P/21.938)0.328 (for one-phase method) and 1575(1 + P/7.476)0.305 (for two-phase method). The two-phase simulations can effectively eliminate the superheating in one-phase simulations. At 1 bar, the melting temperature of NiTi is 1575 ± 25 K and the corresponding melting slope is 64 K/GPa.

  3. Anomalous expansion of Nb nanowires in a NiTi matrix under high pressure

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    Yu, Cun; Ren, Yang; Cui, Lishan; Ma, Zhiyuan; Yang, Wenge

    2016-10-17

    Under high pressure, materials usually shrink during compression as described by an equation of state. Here, we present the anomalous volume expansion behavior of a one-dimensional Nb nanowire embedded in a NiTi transforming matrix, while the matrix undergoes a pressure-induced martensitic transformation. The Nb volume expansion depends on the NiTi transition pressure range from the matrix, which is controlled by the shear strain induced by different pressure transmitting media. The transformation-induced interfacial stresses between Nb and NiTi may play a major role in this anomaly. In conclusion, our discovery sheds new light on the nano-interfacial effect on mechanical anomalies in heterogeneous systems during a pressure-induced phase transition.

  4. Anomalous expansion of Nb nanowires in a NiTi matrix under high pressure

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    Yu, Cun; Ren, Yang; Cui, Lishan; Ma, Zhiyuan; Yang, Wenge

    2016-10-01

    Under high pressure, materials usually shrink during compression as described by an equation of state. Here, we present the anomalous volume expansion behavior of a one-dimensional Nb nano-wire embedded in a NiTi transforming matrix, while the matrix undergoes a pressure-induced martensitic transformation. The Nb volume expansion depends on the NiTi transition pressure range from the matrix, which is controlled by the shear strain induced by different pressure transmitting media. The transformation-induced interfacial stresses between Nb and NiTi may play a major role in this anomaly. Our discovery sheds new light on the nano-interfacial effect on mechanical anomalies in heterogeneous systems during a pressure-induced phase transition.

  5. NiTi Alloys: New Materials that enable Shockproof, Corrosion Immune Bearings

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    DellaCorte, Christopher

    2017-01-01

    Though steel is the dominant material of choice for mechanical components (bearings and gears) it has intrinsic limitations related to corrosion and plastic deformation. In contrast, dimensionally stable nickel-rich Ni-Ti alloys, such as Nitinol 60, are intrinsically rustproof and can withstand high contact loads without damage (denting). Over the last decade, focused RD to exploit these alloys for new applications has revealed the science behind NiTi's remarkable properties. In this presentation, the state-of-the-art of nickel-rich NiTi alloys will be introduced along with a discussion of how NASA is adopting this new technology inside the space station water recycling system as a pathfinder for more down-to-earth tribological challenges.

  6. Anomalous expansion of Nb nanowires in a NiTi matrix under high pressure

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    Yu, Cun; Ren, Yang; Cui, Lishan; ...

    2016-10-17

    Under high pressure, materials usually shrink during compression as described by an equation of state. Here, we present the anomalous volume expansion behavior of a one-dimensional Nb nanowire embedded in a NiTi transforming matrix, while the matrix undergoes a pressure-induced martensitic transformation. The Nb volume expansion depends on the NiTi transition pressure range from the matrix, which is controlled by the shear strain induced by different pressure transmitting media. The transformation-induced interfacial stresses between Nb and NiTi may play a major role in this anomaly. In conclusion, our discovery sheds new light on the nano-interfacial effect on mechanical anomalies inmore » heterogeneous systems during a pressure-induced phase transition.« less

  7. In vitro biocompatibility of the surface ion modified NiTi alloy

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    Gudimova, Ekaterina Yu.; Meisner, Ludmila L.; Lotkov, Aleksander I.; Matveeva, Vera A.; Meisner, Stanislav N.; Matveev, Andrey L.; Shabalina, Olga I.

    2016-11-01

    This paper presents the results of the chemical, topographic and structural properties of the NiTi alloy surface and their changes after surface treatments by ion implantation techniques with use of ions Ta+ and Si+. The influence of physicochemical properties of the surface ion modified NiTi alloy was studied on in vitro cultured mesenchymal stem cells of the rats' bone marrow. It is shown that the ion surface modification improves histocompatibility of the NiTi alloy and leads to increase of proliferative activity of mesenchymal stem cells on its surface. It was experimentally found that a major contribution to viability improvement mesenchymal stem cells of rat marrow has the chemical composition and the microstructure of the surface area.

  8. Efficacy and safety of a NiTi CAR 27 compression ring for end-to-end anastomosis compared with conventional staplers: A real-world analysis in Chinese colorectal cancer patients.

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    Lu, Zhenhai; Peng, Jianhong; Li, Cong; Wang, Fulong; Jiang, Wu; Fan, Wenhua; Lin, Junzhong; Wu, Xiaojun; Wan, Desen; Pan, Zhizhong

    2016-05-01

    This study aimed to evaluate the safety and efficacy of a new nickel-titanium shape memory alloy compression anastomosis ring, NiTi CAR 27, in constructing an anastomosis for colorectal cancer resection compared with conventional staples. In total, 234 consecutive patients diagnosed with colorectal cancer receiving sigmoidectomy and anterior resection for end-to-end anastomosis from May 2010 to June 2012 were retrospectively analyzed. The postoperative clinical parameters, postoperative complications and 3-year overall survival in 77 patients using a NiTi CAR 27 compression ring (CAR group) and 157 patients with conventional circular staplers (STA group) were compared. There were no statistically significant differences between the patients in the two groups in terms of general demographics and tumor features. A clinically apparent anastomotic leak occurred in 2 patients (2.6%) in the CAR group and in 5 patients (3.2%) in the STA group (p=0.804). These eight patients received a temporary diverting ileostomy. One patient (1.3%) in the CAR group was diagnosed with anastomotic stricture through an electronic colonoscopy after 3 months postoperatively. The incidence of postoperative intestinal obstruction was comparable between the two groups (p=0.192). With a median follow-up duration of 39.6 months, the 3-year overall survival rate was 83.1% in the CAR group and 89.0% in the STA group (p=0.152). NiTi CAR 27 is safe and effective for colorectal end-to-end anastomosis. Its use is equivalent to that of the conventional circular staplers. This study suggests that NiTi CAR 27 may be a beneficial alternative in colorectal anastomosis in Chinese colorectal cancer patients.

  9. In situ TEM observation of buffering the anode volume change by using NiTi alloy during electrochemical lithiation/delithiation.

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    Zhang, L Q; Zhang, J S; Shao, Y; Jiang, D Q; Yang, F; Guo, Y P; Cui, L S

    2013-08-16

    A novel Ti3Sn/NiTi shape memory alloy anode with a sandwich structure was fabricated by arc melting. In order to characterize in situ the Ti3Sn/NiTi anode microstructure changes and phase transformations during cycling, a nanoscale lithium battery was set up inside a transmission electron microscope, which consists of Li metal as the cathode, the native Li2O layer on the surface of Li metal as the solid electrolyte, and the Ti3Sn/NiTi as the anode. Only the Ti3Sn intermetallic compound experienced the electrochemical reaction, while the NiTi alloy (inactive with Li(+)) was applied for buffering the Ti3Sn volume change during cycling. An obvious reaction front of Ti3Sn migrated from one end to the other during lithiation, which can also return after delithiation. It provides direct evidence that the NiTi alloy can effectively accommodate the anode volume change during electrochemical lithiation and delithiation.

  10. Measurement of the trajectory of different NiTi rotary instruments in an artificial canal specifically designed for cyclic fatigue tests.

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    Plotino, Gianluca; Grande, Nicola M; Cordaro, Massimo; Testarelli, Luca; Gambarini, Gianluca

    2009-09-01

    The objective of this study was to investigate the trajectory of NiTi rotary instruments of the same size but different design in an artificial root canal manufactured for cyclic fatigue test. Eight groups of instruments with tip size 25, 0.06 taper with different design were tested in a simulated root canal with an angle of curvature of 60 degrees and radius of curvature of 5 mm milled in a stainless steel block with a tapered shape corresponding to the dimensions of the instruments tested. Geometric analysis of the trajectory that each instrument followed inside the artificial canal was performed on digital images, determining 3 parameters: angle and radius of the curvature and the position of the center of the curvature. Mean values were then calculated for each group. Data were analyzed using 1-way ANOVA and Holm t test to determine any statistical difference (P < .05). All the instruments tested followed the curvature established with little variations and ANOVA test did not show significant difference among the different groups for all the parameters analyzed (P > .05). The results of the present study emphasized the importance of using an artificial canal specifically constructed on the dimensions of the instrument tested to reduce this approximation in cyclic fatigue tests. The artificial canal manufactured for the present study seems to guarantee that different NiTi rotary instruments may follow a precise and repeteable trajectory in terms of radius and angle of curvature.

  11. Experimental and numerical analysis of penetration/removal response of endodontic instrument made of single crystal Cu-based SMA: comparison with NiTi SMA instruments

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    Vincent, M.; Xolin, P.; Gevrey, A.-M.; Thiebaud, F.; Engels-Deutsch, M.; Ben Zineb, T.

    2017-04-01

    This paper presents an experimental and numerical study showing that single crystal shape memory alloy (SMA) Cu-based endodontic instruments can lead to equivalent mechanical performances compared to NiTi-based instruments besides their interesting biological properties. Following a previous finite element analysis (FEA) of single crystal CuAlBe endodontic instruments (Vincent et al 2015 J. Mater. Eng. Perform. 24 4128-39), prototypes with the determined geometrical parameters were machined and experimentally characterized in continuous rotation during a penetration/removal (P/R) protocol in artificial canals. The obtained mechanical responses were compared to responses of NiTi endodontic files in the same conditions. In addition, FEA was conducted and compared with the experimental results to validate the adopted modeling and to evaluate the local quantities inside the instrument as the stress state and the distribution of volume fraction of martensite. The obtained results highlight that single crystal CuAlBe SMA prototypes show equivalent mechanical responses to its NiTi homologous prototypes in the same P/R experimental conditions.

  12. Nanostructure of NiTi surface layers after Ta ion implantation

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    Girsova, S. L.; Poletika, T. M.; Meisner, L. L.; Schmidt, E. Yu.

    2016-11-01

    The elemental and phase composition and structure of the surface and near-surface layers of NiTi specimens after the Ta ion implantation with the fluency D = 3 × 1017 and 6 × 1017 cm-2 are examined. The methods of Auger electron spectroscopy (AES), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and electron dispersion analysis (EDS) are used. It is found that a nonuniform distribution of elements along the depth of the surface layer after the ion implantation of NiTi specimens, regardless of the regime, is accompanied by the formation of a number of sublayer structures.

  13. Enhancement of NiTi superelastic endodontic instruments by TiO2 coating.

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    Aun, Diego Pinheiro; Peixoto, Isabella Faria da Cunha; Houmard, Manuel; Buono, Vicente Tadeu Lopes

    2016-11-01

    Rotary nickel-titanium (NiTi) endodontic instruments were coated with a nanometric flexible TiO2 layer through dip-coating sol-gel. Control groups and coated samples of superelastic NiTi instruments model RaCe 25/0.06 (0.25mm tip-diameter, 6% conicity) were comparatively investigated with respect to the cutting efficiency, fatigue life, and corrosion resistance. Results showed an improvement in cutting efficiency for the coated samples and a high resistance to corrosion in NaClO. The coated instruments showed a better performance in fatigue life after corrosion.

  14. Corrosion resistance of porous NiTi biomedical alloy in simulated body fluids

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    Stergioudi, F.; Vogiatzis, C. A.; Pavlidou, E.; Skolianos, S.; Michailidis, N.

    2016-09-01

    The corrosion performance of two porous NiTi in physiological and Hank’s solutions was investigated by potentiodynamic polarization, cyclic polarization and impedance spectroscopy. Electric models simulating the corrosion mechanism at early stages of immersion were proposed, accounting for both microstructural observations and electrochemical results. Results indicate that both porous samples were susceptible to localized corrosion. The porosity increase (from 7% to 18%) resulted in larger and wider pore openings, thus favoring the corrosion resistance of 18% porous NiTi. Strengthening of corrosion resistance was observed in Hank’s solution. The pore morphology and micro-galvanic corrosion phenomena were determining factors affecting the corrosion resistance.

  15. Prestressing effect of cold-drawn short NiTi SMA fibres in steel reinforced mortar beams

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    Choi, Eunsoo; Kim, Dong Joo; Hwang, Jin-Ha; Kim, Woo Jin

    2016-08-01

    This study investigated the prestressing effect of cold-drawn short NiTi shape memory alloy (SMA) fibres in steel reinforced mortar beams. The SMA fibres were mixed with 1.5% volume content in a mortar matrix with the compressive strength of 50 MPa. The SMA fibres had an average length of 34 mm, and they were manufactured with a dog-bone shape: the diameters of the end- and middle-parts were 1.024 and 1.0 mm, respectively. Twenty mortar beams with the dimensions of 40 mm × 40 mm × 160 mm (B × H × L) were prepared. Two types of tests were conducted. One was to investigate the prestressing effect of the SMA fibres, and the beams with the SMA fibres were heated at the bottom. The other was to assess the bending behaviour of the beams prestressed by the SMA fibres. The SMA fibres induced upward deflection and cracking at the top surface by heating at the bottom; thus, they achieved an obvious prestressing effect. The beams that were prestressed by the SMA fibres did not show a significant difference in bending behaviour from that of the SMA fibre reinforced beams that were not subjected to heating. Stress analysis of the beams indicated that the prestressing effect decreased in relation to the cooling temperature.

  16. Development and application of a Ni-Ti interatomic potential with high predictive accuracy of the martensitic phase transition

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    Ko, Won-Seok; Grabowski, Blazej; Neugebauer, Jörg

    2015-10-01

    Phase transitions in nickel-titanium shape-memory alloys are investigated by means of atomistic simulations. A second nearest-neighbor modified embedded-atom method interatomic potential for the binary nickel-titanium system is determined by improving the unary descriptions of pure nickel and pure titanium, especially regarding the physical properties at finite temperatures. The resulting potential reproduces accurately the hexagonal-close-packed to body-centered-cubic phase transition in Ti and the martensitic B 2 -B 19' transformation in equiatomic NiTi. Subsequent large-scale molecular-dynamics simulations validate that the developed potential can be successfully applied for studies on temperature- and stress-induced martensitic phase transitions related to core applications of shape-memory alloys. A simulation of the temperature-induced phase transition provides insights into the effect of sizes and constraints on the formation of nanotwinned martensite structures with multiple domains. A simulation of the stress-induced phase transition of a nanosized pillar indicates a full recovery of the initial structure after the loading and unloading processes, illustrating a superelastic behavior of the target system.

  17. Crack-closing of cement mortar beams using NiTi cold-drawn SMA short fibers

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    Choi, Eunsoo; Kim, Dong Joo; Chung, Young-Soo; Kim, Hee Sun; Jung, Chungsung

    2015-01-01

    In this study, crack-closing tests of mortar beams reinforced by shape memory alloy (SMA) short fibers were performed. For this purpose, NiTi SMA fibers with a diameter of 0.965 mm and a length of 30 mm were made from SMA wires of 1.0 mm diameter by cold drawing. Four types of SMA fibers were prepared, namely, straight and dog-bone-shaped fiber and the two types of fibers with paper wrapping in the middle of the fibers. The paper provides an unbonded length of 15 mm. For bending tests, six types of mortar beams with the dimensions of 40 mm × 40 mm × 160 mm (B×H×L) were prepared. The SMA fibers were placed at the bottom center of the beams along with an artificial crack of 10 mm depth and 1 mm thickness. This study investigated the influence of SMA fibers on the flexural strength of the beams from the measured force- deflection curves. After cracking, the beams were heated at the bottom by fire to activate the SMA fibers. Then, the beams recovered the deflection, and the cracks were closed. This study evaluated crack-closing capacity using the degree of crack recovery and deflection-recovery factor. The first factor is estimated from the crack-width before and after crack-closing, and the second one is obtained from the downward deflection due to loading and the upward deflection due to the closing force of the SMA fibers.

  18. Transformation characteristics of aged NiTi shape memory alloy obtained by rapid solidification

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    Wu, X.Z.; Wang, S.D.; Zhang, J.P.; Su, H.Q. . Analytic and Testing Center); Jin, J.L.; Zhang, J.G. )

    1994-07-01

    Presently, the R and martensitic transformation of TiNi alloy can be separated by aging or adding a third element. It is generally accepted that in the cooling process the TiNi alloy experiences B2 (parent phase) [r arrow] IC (Incommensurate) [r arrow] R (Rhombohedral) [r arrow] M (Martensite), in which B2 [r arrow] IC transformation is second order while IC [r arrow] R is first order. However, other analyses using the charge density wave (CDW) model and Landau's theory have deduced that the B2 [r arrow] IC is also a first order phase change. But it has not been experimentally confirmed yet. The present study aims at investigating the three transformations in rapidly solidified TiNi alloy.

  19. Thermokinetic Simulation of Precipitation in NiTi Shape Memory Alloys

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    Cirstea, C. D.; Karadeniz-Povoden, E.; Kozeschnik, E.; Lungu, M.; Lang, P.; Balagurov, A.; Cirstea, V.

    2017-06-01

    Considering classical nucleation theory and evolution equations for the growth and composition change of precipitates, we simulate the evolution of the precipitates structure in the classical stages of nucleation, growth and coarsening using the solid-state transformation Matcalc software. The formation of Ni3Ti, Ni4Ti3 or Ni3Ti2 precipitate is the key to hardening phenomenon of the alloys, which depends on the nickel solubility in the bulk alloys. The microstructural evolution of metastable Ni4Ti3 and Ni3Ti2 precipitates in Ni-rich TiNi alloys is simulated by computational thermokinetics, based on thermodynamic and diffusion databases. The simulated precipitate phase fractions are compared with experimental data.

  20. Bone healing and mineralization, implant corrosion, and trace metals after nickel-titanium shape memory metal intramedullary fixation.

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    Ryhänen, J; Kallioinen, M; Serlo, W; Perämäki, P; Junila, J; Sandvik, P; Niemelä, E; Tuukkanen, J

    1999-12-15

    Its shape memory effect, superelasticity, and good wear and damping properties make the NiTi shape memory alloy a material with fascinating potential for orthopedic surgery. It provides a possibility for making self-locking, self-expanding, and self-compressing implants. Problems, however, may arise because of its high nickel content. The purpose of this work was to determine the corrosion of NiTi in vivo and to evaluate the possible deleterious effects of NiTi on osteotomy healing, bone mineralization, and the remodeling response. Femoral osteotomies of 40 rats were fixed with either NiTi or stainless steel (StSt) intramedullary nails. The rats were killed at 2, 4, 8, 12, 26, and 60 weeks. Bone healing was examined with radiographs, peripheral quantitative computed tomography, (pQCT) and histologically. The corrosion of the retrieved implants was analyzed by electron microscopy (FESEM). Trace metals from several organs were determined by graphite furnace atomic absorption spectrometry (GF-AAS) or by inductively coupled plasma-atomic emission spectrometry (ICP-AES). There were more healed bone unions in the NiTi than in the StSt group at early (4 and 8 weeks) time points. Callus size was equal between the groups. The total and cortical bone mineral densities did not differ between the NiTi and StSt groups. Mineral density in both groups was lower in the osteotomy area than in the other areas along the nail. Density in the nail area was lower than in the proximal part of the operated femur or the contralateral femur. Bone contact to NiTi was close. A peri-implant lamellar bone sheet formed in the metaphyseal area after 8 weeks, indicating good tissue tolerance. The FESEM assessment showed surface corrosion changes to be more evident in the StSt implants. There were no statistically significant differences in nickel concentration between the NiTi and StSt groups in any of the organs. NiTi appears to be an appropriate material for further intramedullary use because it

  1. Understanding the Shape-Memory Behavior in Ti-(~49 At. Pct) Ni Alloy by Nanoindentation Measurement

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    Sinha, A.; Datta, S.; Chakraborti, P. C.; Chattopadhyay, P. P.

    2013-04-01

    The influence of aging treatment on the work-hardening behavior of near-equiatomic NiTi alloy has been studied at the microstructural scale by conducting the instrumented indentation measurement. The maximum shape recovery is achieved at the peak aged condition. The improvement in shape recovery has been attributed to the delayed onset of plasticity. A comparison has been made between the recoverable strain obtained from the tensile experiments and the recovery index parameter determined from the nanoindentation measurements.

  2. Effect of Surface Roughness of an Electropolished Aluminum Substrate on the Thickness, Morphology, and Hardness of Aluminum Oxide Coatings Formed During Anodization in Oxalic Acid

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    Choudhary, R. K.; Sreeshma, K. P.; Mishra, P.

    2017-07-01

    Aluminum specimens were electropolished to five different roughness profiles and anodized in 10% oxalic acid under identical conditions in order to study the effect of surface topography on the thickness, morphology, chemical composition and hardness of the anodic aluminum oxide coatings formed. Field emission scanning electron microscopy showed that the anodic coating grown on a substrate having an average roughness of 250 nm was dense, whereas the microstructure became more porous with increasing the substrate roughness. The thickness of the coating was found to be a parabolic function of substrate roughness. Energy-dispersive x-ray analysis of coatings revealed a continuous increase in O/Al ratio with increasing substrate roughness suggesting increased incorporation of anions during oxide growth and also a tendency toward the formation of stoichiometric Al2O3. Coatings with higher O/Al ratio displayed improved hardness values.

  3. Effort towards symmetric removal and surface smoothening of 1.3-GHz niobium single-cell cavity in vertical electropolishing using a unique cathode

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    Chouhan, Vijay; Kato, Shigeki; Nii, Keisuke; Yamaguchi, Takanori; Sawabe, Motoaki; Hayano, Hitoshi; Ida, Yoshiaki

    2017-08-01

    A detailed study on vertical electropolishing (VEP) of a 1.3-GHz single-cell niobium coupon cavity, which contains six coupons and four viewports at different positions, is reported. The cavity was vertically electropolished using a conventional rod and three types of unique cathodes named as Ninja cathodes, which were designed to have four retractable blades made of either an insulator or a metal or a combination of both. This study reveals the effect of the cathodes and their rotation speed on uniformity in removal thickness and surface morphology at different positions inside the cavity. Removal thickness was measured at several positions of the cavity using an ultrasonic thickness gauge and the surface features of the coupons were examined by an optical microscope and a surface profiler. The Ninja cathode with partial metallic blades was found to be effective not only in reducing asymmetric removal, which is one of the major problems in VEP and might be caused by the accumulation of hydrogen (H2 ) gas bubbles on the top iris of the cavity, but also in yielding a smooth surface of the entire cavity. A higher rotation speed of the Ninja cathode prevents bubble accumulation on the upper iris, and might result in a viscous layer of similar thickness in the cavity cell. Moreover, a higher electric field at the equator owing to the proximity of partial metallic blades to the equator surface resulted in a smooth surface. The effects of H2 gas bubbles and stirring were also observed in lab EP experiments.

  4. Development and experimental evaluation of a novel annuloplasty ring with a shape memory alloy core

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    Purser, Molly Ferris

    A novel annuloplasty ring with a shape memory alloy core has been developed to facilitate minimally invasive mitral valve repair. In its activated (austenitic) phase, this prototype ring provides comparable mechanical properties as commercial semi-rigid rings. In its pre-activated (martensitic) phase, this ring is flexible enough to be introduced through an 8 mm trocar and easily manipulated with robotic instruments within the confines of a left atrial model. The core is constructed of 0.508 mm diameter NiTi, which is maintained below its M s temperature (24°C) during deployment and suturing. After suturing, the stiffener is heated to its Af temperature (37°C, normal human body temperature) enabling the NiTi to retain its optimal geometry and stiffness characteristics indefinitely. The NiTi core is shape set in a furnace to the appropriate size and optimal geometry during fabrication. The ring is cooled in a saline bath prior to surgery, making it compliant and easy to manipulate. Evaluation of the ring included mechanical testing, robotic evaluation, static pressure testing, dynamic flow testing and fatigue testing. Experimental results suggest that the NiTi core ring could be a viable alternative to flexible bands in robot-assisted mitral valve repair.

  5. Yield surfaces of shape memory alloys and their applications

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    Huang, W. . School of Mechanical and Production Engineering)

    1999-07-09

    The yield (transformation start stress in stress induced martensitic transformation) surfaces of shape memory alloys (SMAs) are investigated. It is assumed that the driving energy (or driving force) for phase transformation is approximately a constant. By using the lattice structure and correspondence of a SMA in phase transformation, the yield surfaces of the following polycrystalline SMAs are calculated: NiTi, NiAl, CuZnGa, and CuAlNi. It is also found that all these yield surfaces can be described roughly by a general formula. In this formula, the parameters can be decided by using the yield stresses of a particular SMA in uni-axial tension and compression. The yield surface of NiTi is compared with the experimental results reported in the literature. The possibility of applying such a yield surface in predicting the behavior of a SMA under other stress conditions based on the tensile result is also studied.

  6. Characterization of a 3D multi-mechanism SMA material model for the prediction of the cyclic "evolutionary" response of NiTi for use in actuations

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    Dhakal, Binod

    The intermetallic NiTi-based alloys are known as Shape Memory material. They exhibit unique ability to remember a shape after large deformation. They are desirable in various engineering applications, such as actuators, biomedical devices, vibration damping, etc, as they can absorb and dissipate mechanical/thermal energies by undergoing a reversible hysteretic shape change under the applied mechanical/thermal cyclic loadings. This reflects the effect of micro-structural changes occurring during phase transformation between Austenite(A) and Martensite(M), as well as differently-oriented M-variants. As typically utilized in applications, a particular shape memory alloy (SMA) device or component operates under a large number of thermo-mechanical cycles, hence, the importance of accounting for the cyclic behavior characteristics in modeling and characterization of these systems. A detailed study of the multi-mechanism-based, comprehensive, thus complex modeling framework (by Saleeb et al) and the determination of its material parameters responsible for the physical significance of the shape memory effect are made. This formulation utilizes multiple, inelastic mechanisms to regulate the partitioning of energy dissipation and storage governing the evolutionary thermo-mechanical behavior. Equipped with the understanding of the physical significance of the model parameters and utilizing the SMA modeling strategy effectively, a comprehensive characterization of the evolutionary, cyclic response of the complex real SMA, known as 55NiTi (Ni49.9Ti50.1) is carried out. The detailed comparisons between the SMA model and experimental results provided the necessary validation of the modeling capabilities of the framework to calibrate the complex alloys like 55NiTi. In addition, the details of interplays between the internal mechanisms to describe the material behavior within all the important response characteristic regions provides a convenient means to compliment the theoretical

  7. Revealing ultralarge and localized elastic lattice strains in Nb nanowires embedded in NiTi matrix

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    Zang, Ketao; Mao, Shengcheng; Cai, Jixiang; Liu, Yinong; Li, Haixin; Hao, Shijie; Jiang, Daqiang; Cui, Lishan

    2015-01-01

    Freestanding nanowires have been found to exhibit ultra-large elastic strains (4 to 7%) and ultra-high strengths, but exploiting their intrinsic superior mechanical properties in bulk forms has proven to be difficult. A recent study has demonstrated that ultra-large elastic strains of ~6% can be achieved in Nb nanowires embedded in a NiTi matrix, on the principle of lattice strain matching. To verify this hypothesis, this study investigated the elastic deformation behavior of a Nb nanowire embedded in NiTi matrix by means of in situ transmission electron microscopic measurement during tensile deformation. The experimental work revealed that ultra-large local elastic lattice strains of up to 8% are induced in the Nb nanowire in regions adjacent to stress-induced martensite domains in the NiTi matrix, whilst other parts of the nanowires exhibit much reduced lattice strains when adjacent to the untransformed austenite in the NiTi matrix. These observations provide a direct evidence of the proposed mechanism of lattice strain matching, thus a novel approach to designing nanocomposites of superior mechanical properties. PMID:26625854

  8. Do Mechanical and Physicochemical Properties of Orthodontic NiTi Wires Remain Stable In Vivo?

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    Rutkowska-Gorczyca, Małgorzata; Detyna, Jerzy; Zięty, Anna; Kawala, Maciej; Antoszewska-Smith, Joanna

    2016-01-01

    Introduction and Aim. Exceptional properties of the NiTi archwires may be jeopardized by the oral cavity; thus its long-term effect on the mechanical and physiochemical properties of NiTi archwires was the aim of work. Material and Methods. Study group comprised sixty 0.016 × 0.022 NiTi archwires from the same manufacturer evaluated (group A) after the first 12 weeks of orthodontic treatment. 30 mm long pieces cut off from each wire prior to insertion formed the control group B. Obeying the strict rules of randomization, all samples were subjected to microscopic evaluation and nanoindentation test. Results. Both groups displayed substantial presence of nonmetallic inclusions. Heterogeneity of the structure and its alteration after usage were found in groups B and A, respectively. Conclusions. Long-term, reliable prediction of biomechanics of NiTi wires in vivo is impossible, especially new archwires from the same vendor display different physiochemical properties. Moreover, manufacturers have to decrease contamination in the production process in order to minimize risk of mutual negative influence of nickel-titanium archwires and oral environment. PMID:28097137

  9. Revealing ultralarge and localized elastic lattice strains in Nb nanowires embedded in NiTi matrix.

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    Zang, Ketao; Mao, Shengcheng; Cai, Jixiang; Liu, Yinong; Li, Haixin; Hao, Shijie; Jiang, Daqiang; Cui, Lishan

    2015-12-02

    Freestanding nanowires have been found to exhibit ultra-large elastic strains (4 to 7%) and ultra-high strengths, but exploiting their intrinsic superior mechanical properties in bulk forms has proven to be difficult. A recent study has demonstrated that ultra-large elastic strains of ~6% can be achieved in Nb nanowires embedded in a NiTi matrix, on the principle of lattice strain matching. To verify this hypothesis, this study investigated the elastic deformation behavior of a Nb nanowire embedded in NiTi matrix by means of in situ transmission electron microscopic measurement during tensile deformation. The experimental work revealed that ultra-large local elastic lattice strains of up to 8% are induced in the Nb nanowire in regions adjacent to stress-induced martensite domains in the NiTi matrix, whilst other parts of the nanowires exhibit much reduced lattice strains when adjacent to the untransformed austenite in the NiTi matrix. These observations provide a direct evidence of the proposed mechanism of lattice strain matching, thus a novel approach to designing nanocomposites of superior mechanical properties.

  10. Stress-induced amorphization at moving crack tips in NiTi.

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    Okamoto, P. R.; Heuer, J.; Lam, N. Q.; Ohnuki, S.; Matsukawa, Y.; Tozawa, K.; Stubbins, J. F.

    1998-01-29

    In situ fracture studies on thin-film NiTi intermetallic compounds have been carried out in the high-voltage electron microscope at Argonne National Laboratory. Local stress-induced amorphization of regions directly in front of moving crack tips has been observed under tensile loading conditions. The stress-induced amorphization at crack tips exhibits a temperature dependence similar to that of ion-induced amorphization of NiTi. The upper limiting temperature for stress-induced amorphization is the same as that for ion-induced amorphization of crystalline NiTi and for amorphous phase formation during ion-beam mixing of Ni and Ti multilayer specimens. This upper limiting temperature of 600K is also the lowest temperature at which stress-induced amorphous phase crystallizes during isothermal annealing. This isothermal crystallization temperature is nearly 200K less than the kinetic crystallization temperature during heating of unrelaxed NiTi glasses formed by rapid quenching or vapor phase deposition.

  11. Making NiTi intermetallic compound coating using laser plasma complex spraying

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    Hiraga, Hitoshi; Inoue, Takashi; Matsunawa, Akira

    1996-12-31

    To improve the erosion resistance of the Ti-alloys, surface modification technique using complex spraying system coupled with a high power CO{sub 2} laser and a DC plasma gun was applied. The laser plasma complex spraying system (LPCS) was constructed with 5kW CO{sub 2} laser and low pressure DC plasma spraying unit. In this system, the plasma spray coated layer was remelted and rapidly solidified by the CO{sub 2} laser irradiation. So, it is possible to synthesize intermetallic compound coatings from the simply mixed powder. NiTi intermetallic compound is known as a high cavitation erosion resistant material. In a case of only plasma spraying process, Ti and Ni layer were separated mutually in the coatings, but by the laser plasma complex spraying, NiTi, NiTi{sub 2}, and Ni{sub 3}Ti intermetallic compounds were formed in the coatings. And the coatings were joined metallurgically with substrate and contained few defect. The ratio of phases such as NiTi, NiTi{sub 2}, and Ni{sub 3}Ti was varied with the laser irradiation conditions and powder mixed ratio. To evaluate the erosion resistance of the coatings, vibratory cavitation erosion tests were carried out. The cavitation erosion resistance of the coatings were about 20 times as much as Ti6Al4V substrate due to NiTi phase.

  12. Do Mechanical and Physicochemical Properties of Orthodontic NiTi Wires Remain Stable In Vivo?

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    Sarul, Michał; Rutkowska-Gorczyca, Małgorzata; Detyna, Jerzy; Zięty, Anna; Kawala, Maciej; Antoszewska-Smith, Joanna

    2016-01-01

    Introduction and Aim. Exceptional properties of the NiTi archwires may be jeopardized by the oral cavity; thus its long-term effect on the mechanical and physiochemical properties of NiTi archwires was the aim of work. Material and Methods. Study group comprised sixty 0.016 × 0.022 NiTi archwires from the same manufacturer evaluated (group A) after the first 12 weeks of orthodontic treatment. 30 mm long pieces cut off from each wire prior to insertion formed the control group B. Obeying the strict rules of randomization, all samples were subjected to microscopic evaluation and nanoindentation test. Results. Both groups displayed substantial presence of nonmetallic inclusions. Heterogeneity of the structure and its alteration after usage were found in groups B and A, respectively. Conclusions. Long-term, reliable prediction of biomechanics of NiTi wires in vivo is impossible, especially new archwires from the same vendor display different physiochemical properties. Moreover, manufacturers have to decrease contamination in the production process in order to minimize risk of mutual negative influence of nickel-titanium archwires and oral environment.

  13. Radiation-Induced Glass Transition and Structural Fluctuation in NiTi Metallic Glass System

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    Watanabe, Seiichi

    2006-05-05

    We report an evidence of fluctuation during amorphization in NiTi ordered intermetallic compounds under electron irradiation, using an in situ observation technique with a high resolution High Voltage Electron Microscope (HVEM). Molecular dynamics calculation, which is executed to simulate atomic-level electron micrographic images, also revealed the similar fluctuation trend.

  14. Static Indentation Load Capacity of the Superelastic 60NiTi for Rolling Element Bearings

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    DellaCorte, Christopher; Moore, Lewis E., III; Clifton, Joshua S.

    2012-01-01

    The nickel-rich, binary nickel-titanium alloys, such as 60NiTi (60Ni-40Ti by wt%), are emerging as viable materials for use in mechanical components like rolling element bearings and gears. 60NiTi is a superelastic material that simultaneously exhibits high hardness and a relatively low elastic modulus (approx.100 GPa). These properties result in the potential to endure extremely high indentation loads such as those encountered in bearings, gears and other mechanical components. In such applications, quantifying the load that results in permanent deformation that can affect component performance and life is important. In this paper, the static load capacity is measured by conducting indentation experiments in which 12.7 mm diameter balls made from the ceramic Si3N4 are pressed into highly polished, hardened 60NiTi flat plates. Hertz stress calculations are used to estimate contact stress. The results show that the 60NiTi surface can withstand an approximately 3400 kN load before significant denting (>0.6 microns deep) occurs. This load capacity is approximately twice that of high performance bearing steels suggesting that the potential exists to make highly resilient bearings and components from such materials.

  15. Blast Coating of Superelastic NiTi Wire with PTFE to Enhance Wear Properties

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    Dunne, Conor F.; Roche, Kevin; Twomey, Barry; Hodgson, Darel; Stanton, Kenneth T.

    2015-03-01

    This work investigates the deposition of polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) onto a superelastic NiTi wire using an ambient temperature-coating technique known as CoBlast. The process utilises a stream of abrasive (Al2O3) and a coating medium (PTFE) sprayed simultaneously at the surface of the substrate. Superelastic NiTi wire is used in guidewire applications, and PTFE coatings are commonly applied to reduce damage to vessel walls during insertion and removal, and to aid in accurate positioning by minimising the force required to advance, retract or rotate the wire. The CoBlast coated wires were compared to wire treated with PTFE only. The coated samples were examined using variety of techniques: X-ray diffraction (XRD), microscopy, surface roughness, wear testing and flexural tests. The CoBlast coated samples had an adherent coating with a significant resistance to wear compared to the samples coated with PTFE only. The XRD revealed that the process gave rise to a stress-induced martensite phase in the NiTi which may enhance mechanical properties. The study indicates that the CoBlast process can be used to deposit thin adherent coatings of PTFE onto the surface of superelastic NiTi.

  16. Surface modification of AISI H13 tool steel by laser cladding with NiTi powder

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    Norhafzan, B.; Aqida, S. N.; Chikarakara, E.; Brabazon, D.

    2016-04-01

    This paper presents laser cladding of NiTi powder on AISI H13 tool steel surface for surface properties enhancement. The cladding process was conducted using Rofin DC-015 diffusion-cooled CO2 laser system with wavelength of 10.6 µm. NiTi powder was pre-placed on H13 tool steel surface. The laser beam was focused with a spot size of 90 µm on the sample surface. Laser parameters were set to 1515 and 1138 W peak power, 18 and 24 % duty cycle and 2300-3500 Hz laser pulse repetition frequency. Hardness properties of the modified layer were characterized by Wilson Hardness tester. Metallographic study and chemical composition were conducted using field emission scanning electron microscope and energy-dispersive X-ray spectrometer (EDXS) analysis. Results showed that hardness of NiTi clad layer increased three times that of the substrate material. The EDXS analysis detected NiTi phase presence in the modified layer up to 9.8 wt%. The metallographic study shows high metallurgical bonding between substrate and modified layer. These findings are significant to both increased hardness and erosion resistance of high-wear-resistant components and elongating their lifetime.

  17. Surface modification of NiTi by plasma based ion implantation for application in harsh environments

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    Oliveira, R. M.; Fernandes, B. B.; Carreri, F. C.; Gonçalves, J. A. N.; Ueda, M.; Silva, M. M. N. F.; Silva, M. M.; Pichon, L.; Camargo, E. N.; Otubo, J.

    2012-12-01

    The substitution of conventional components for NiTi in distinct devices such as actuators, valves, connectors, stents, orthodontic arc-wires, e.g., usually demands some kind of treatment to be performed on the surface of the alloy. A typical case is of biomaterials made of NiTi, in which the main drawback is the Ni out-diffusion, an issue that has been satisfactorily addressed by plasma based ion implantation (PBII). Even though PBII can tailor selective surface properties of diverse materials, usually, only thin modified layers are attained. When NiTi alloys are to be used in the harsh space environment, as is the case of devices designed to remotely release the solar panels and antenna arrays of satellites, e.g., superior mechanical and tribological properties are demanded. For this case the thickness of the modified layer must be larger than the one commonly achieved by conventional PBII. In this paper, new nitrogen PBII set up was used to treat samples of NiTi in moderate temperature of 450 °C, with negative voltage pulses of 7 kV/250 Hz/20 μs, in a process lasting 1 h. A rich nitrogen atomic concentration of 85 at.% was achieved on the near surface and nitrogen diffused at least for 11 μm depth. Tribological properties as well as corrosion resistance were evaluated.

  18. Capability of Sputtered Micro-patterned NiTi Thick Films

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    Bechtold, Christoph; Lima de Miranda, Rodrigo; Quandt, Eckhard

    2015-09-01

    Today, most NiTi devices are manufactured by a combination of conventional metal fabrication steps, e.g., melting, extrusion, cold working, etc., and are subsequently structured by high accuracy laser cutting. This combination has been proven to be very successful; however, there are several limitations to this fabrication route, e.g., in respect to the fabrication of more complex device designs, device miniaturization or the combination of different materials for the integration of further functionality. These issues have to be addressed in order to develop new devices and applications. The fabrication of micro-patterned films using magnetron sputtering, UV lithography, and wet etching has great potential to overcome limitations of conventional device manufacturing. Due to its fabrication characteristics, this method allows the production of devices with complex designs, high structural accuracy, smooth edge profile, at layer thicknesses up to 75 µm. The aim of this study is to present recent developments in the field of NiTi thin film technology, its advantages and limitations, as well as new possible applications in the medical and in non-medical fields. These developments include among others NiTi scaffold structures covered with NiTi membranes for their potential use as filters, heart valve components or aneurysm treatments, as well as micro-actuators for consumable electronics or automotive applications.

  19. Fatigue Modeling for Superelastic NiTi Considering Cyclic Deformation and Load Ratio Effects

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    Mahtabi, Mohammad J.; Shamsaei, Nima

    2017-08-01

    A cumulative energy-based damage model, called total fatigue toughness, is proposed for fatigue life prediction of superelastic NiTi alloys with various deformation responses (i.e., transformation stresses), which also accounts for the effects of mean strain and stress. Mechanical response of superelastic NiTi is highly sensitive to chemical composition, material processing, as well as operating temperature; therefore, significantly different deformation responses may be obtained for seemingly identical NiTi specimens. In this paper, a fatigue damage parameter is proposed that can be used for fatigue life prediction of superelastic NiTi alloys with different mechanical properties such as loading and unloading transformation stresses, modulus of elasticity, and austenite-to-martensite start and finish strains. Moreover, the model is capable of capturing the effects of tensile mean strain and stress on the fatigue behavior. Fatigue life predictions using the proposed damage parameter for specimens with different cyclic stress responses, tested at various strain ratios (R ɛ = ɛ min /ɛ max) are shown to be in very good agreement with the experimentally observed fatigue lives.

  20. Effects of oxygen plasma source ion implantation on microstructure evolution and mechanical properties of nickel-titanium shape memory alloy

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    Tan, Lizhen

    Near-equiatomic NiTi is an important shape memory alloy used in both medical and non-medical applications, which are dependent upon the surface characteristics of NiTi. The work presented here is the first use of plasma source ion implantation with oxygen as the incident species to modify the surface structure of NiTi shape memory alloy. Two levels of voltage bias and three levels of ion dose were employed to investigate the effect of processing parameters on surface microstructure and surface-related properties. Several surface analytical techniques, Auger electron spectroscopy (AES), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM), were employed to analyze the effects of the surface modification on surface characteristics including oxide thickness, oxide constitution, phase distribution, morphology and topography. A two-layer surface structure consisting of an oxide layer and a precipitate accommodation layer was observed on modified NiTi. The surface morphology, roughness and hydrophilicity, which are considered to play important roles in affecting protein adsorption behavior, were found to be altered by surface modification. The effects of surface modification on surface-related properties including corrosion resistance, hardness and wear resistance were evaluated by cyclic potentiodynamic polarization tests, Knoop hardness microindentation and fretting wear tests, respectively. The optimum corrosion and wear resistance of NiTi were achieved with ion implantation under high bias and moderate dose. Archard's equation was modified by incorporating the pseudoelasticity effect on wear resistance in addition to hardness. The modified Archard's equation better describes the fretting wear resistance of NiTi. A combination of nanoindentation and AES was employed to understand the relationship between mechanical properties and composition of the modified material.