Phase transformations and compatibility in helical structures

Fan Feng, Paul Plucinsky, Richard D James

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Abstract

We systematically study phase transformations from one helical structure to another. Motivated in part by recent work that relates the presence of compatible interfaces with properties such as the hysteresis and reversibility of a phase transformation (Chluba et al., 2015; Ni et al., 2016; Zarnetta et al., 2010; Song et al., 2013), we give necessary and sufficient conditions on the structural parameters of two helical phases such that they are compatible. We show that, locally, four types of compatible interface are possible: vertical, horizontal, helical and elliptical. We discuss the mobility of these interfaces and give examples of systems of interfaces that are mobile and could be used to fully transform a helical structure from one phase to another. These results provide a basis for the tuning of helical structural parameters so as to achieve compatibility of phases. In the case of transformations in crystals, this kind of tuning has led to materials with exceptionally low hysteresis and dramatically improved resistance to transformational fatigue. Compatible helical transformations with low hysteresis and fatigue resistance would exhibit an unusual shape memory effect involving both twist and extension, and may have potential applications as new artificial muscles and actuators.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)74-95
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids
Volume131
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2019

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the MURI program ( FA9550-18-1-0095 , FA9550-16-1-0566 ), ONR ( N00014-18-1-2766 ), and a Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellowship. It also benefitted from the support of NSF ( DMREF-1629026 ), the Medtronic Corp, the Institute on the Environment (RDF fund), and the Norwegian Centennial Chair Program.

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the MURI program (FA9550-18-1-0095, FA9550-16-1-0566), ONR (N00014-18-1-2766), and a Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellowship. It also benefitted from the support of NSF (DMREF-1629026), the Medtronic Corp, the Institute on the Environment (RDF fund), and the Norwegian Centennial Chair Program.

Keywords

  • Artificial muscle
  • Compatibility condition
  • Helical structure
  • Microstructure
  • Phase transformation

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