DESIGN FOR FUNCTIONAL INTEGRATED SHAPE MEMORY ALLOY SYSTEMS
Actuators based on shape memory alloys are today developed to be used only in special applications. Therefore solutions cannot be transferred to other tasks. The focussing has important disadvantages. Firstly the effort and costs reach a high level and secondly the development of complex SMA-actuators turns out to be an insuperable barrier for many companies. As a result there is significant interest in providing standardized and integrated SMA-actuator systems. The aim of this study is to provide methods and the knowledge to support the development process of such SMA-actuators.