Superelasticity and Shape Memory Alloys

This teaching and learning package (TLP) introduces the phenomena of superelasticity and the shape memory effect.

Hubble Space Telescope

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The Hubble Space Telescope is powered by solar panels.
Shape memory alloys were used to keep the panels folded during launch,
then when they reached a temperature of 115 °C, the metal returned to
its original shape unlocking the panels.

You can also view and download the animations from this TLP at CORE-Materials

First created: 6 August 2009.