Objective and project outline
New alloys will only be used in industry, if their behavior under service conditions can be predicted accurately. Thus, the objective of the research unit is not only to develop new low-cost high-temperature shape memory alloys (HTSMAs), but to fully characterize these and develop validated models that bridge the gap from atomistics to macroscale.
In the initial project phase, an extensive experimental data base will be generated. In these experiments functional degradation both under creep and elevated temperature cycling will be studied. Detailed microstructural characterization will be employed to uncover the relevant mechanisms that drive functional degradation. These experiments will also provide the input for the modeling activities. In the second project phase, a demonstrator component will be developed, which has been manufactured such that it can be upscaled to actual industrial processes.