Saturday Morning Physics
Metals with Memory: How These Amazing Materials Remember Their Shape


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  • Speaker: Professor Samantha Daly (Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science Engineering)
  • Host Department: Physics
  • Date: 02/09/2013
  • Time: 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

  • Location: 170 & 182 Dennison Building

  • Description:

    Shape memory alloys (SMAs) are a group of metallic alloys that can revert to a previously defined size or shape when deformed and then heated past a set temperature. This “shape memory” behavior is due to a transformation between two solid crystalline phases, termed austenite and martensite. We will discuss this transformation in the SMA Nickel-Titanium, which is a promising SMA used in a wide variety of applications including advanced biocompatible and MEMs devices. 

    Detailed Information
    All talks are free and refreshments will be served. Visitor parking for the seminars (Central Campus) is across the street from the Dennison Building in the U-M Church Street structure. There is a $2.00 parking charge implemented by U-M Parking Services.

    Contact Information
    For more information regarding the Saturday Morning Physics series, see the Physics Department website, or call 734.764.4437