Shape Memory Alloys Hybrid Actuators
The actuation capability and the reliability of hybrid composites activated by shape memory alloys (SMA) are discussed in this paper. The manufacturing of compact and safe actuatorsis possible employing thermo-activated SMA which allows the polymer-based matrix to undertake many geometries. Different technological procedures are proposed for the manufacturing of this type of composites and the problems related to the production of such elements are discussed too.
Keywords - Hybrid Actuators, Shape Memory Alloys, Smart Materials.