SAES Memry Corporation

Bethel, CT, United States

SAES Memry Corporation

Bethel, CT, United States

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Fasching A.,SAES Memry Corporation | Norwich D.,SAES Memry Corporation | Geiser T.,SAES Memry Corporation | Paul G.W.,Smart USA
Journal of Materials Engineering and Performance | Year: 2011

Development of a superelastic material with higher stiffness and plateau stresses than binary nitinol is of interest to the medical device industry because it may allow for lower profile, less intrusive devices without compromising the materials characteristics. This project studied the effect of cobalt (Co) alloying additions on the stiffness and plateau stresses of a superelastic nickel-titanium alloy. In addition, the general physical, mechanical, corrosion, and biocompatibility properties of the alloy were compared to binary nitinol. The results of this study showed Co to be an interesting alloying addition that should be considered for future medical devices in applications, where stiffness is of concern. © ASM International.


Room temperature martensitic NiTinol alloys provide a challenge to end users of the material because they are martensitic and soft at room temperature. These are commonly referred to as Shape Memory alloys as they revert to their superelastic (pseudoelastic) form and austeNiTic structure at a temperature above ambient. For this study, a NiTi wire, Ti-55.3 wt.%Ni in composition (Alloy-B) and heat-treated to an Af≈60 °C was used. Tensile testing was performed to fully characterize the performance of the material at a series of temperatures above and below its transformation temperature. This article will summarize the properties of the material along with the effects of multiple strains on key material performance characteristics. © ASM International.

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