|The Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETD) repository holds full-text theses and dissertations submitted for higher degrees at the University (including submissions from former Cape Technikon and Peninsula Technikon).|
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The development of an artificial hand using nickel-titanium as actuators
(Cape Peninsula University of Technology, 2013)
This thesis outlines a proposed mechanical design, prototyping and testing of a five fingered artificial hand made of 15 articulated joints actuated by Shape Memory Alloys (SMAs) mimicking muscular functions. SMAs ...
Modelling and testing smart aileron servo tabs : developing simulation tools for smart materials
(Cape Peninsula University of Technology, 2015)
This dissertation addresses the development and the testing of a simulation tool to be used to predict the behaviour of smart material/structures. Along with the development of the simulation tool, a new form of the model ...
Investigation of the mechanical properties and behaviour of hybrid polymer composites embedded with shape memory alloys
(Cape Peninsula University of Technology, 2008)
The increasing requirement for light weight constructions and the unsatisfactory performances of traditional metals and conventional engineering materials, especially in their failure to positively respond to environmental ...
The development of a computational design tool for use in the design of SMA actuator systems
(Peninsula Technikon, 2004)
Engineers and Technologists have always been identified as those individuals that put into practice the theories developed by scientists and physicists to enhance the lives of human beings. In the same spirit as those ...
A novel approach to control the shape change of a reconfigurable wing using shape memory alloy
(Cape Peninsula University of Technology, 2007)
Engineers and Technologists have found several approaches to control the shape of an aerofoil and improve the performance of a wing at different flow regimes; this research has been done at 2D level. In this work, a ...
The development of an 'active' surface using Shape Memory Alloys
(Cape Peninsula University of Technology, 2006)
Recent years have witnessed a tremendous growth and significant advances in "smart" composites and "smart" composite structures. These smart composites integrate active elements such as sensors and actuators into a ...
Effects of thermo-mechanical cycling and aging on quasi-plastic material response exhibited by NiTi shape memory alloys
(Cape Peninsula University of Technology, 2005)
The working characteristics of a shape memory alloy element providing either sensor or actuator capability is specified by the beginning and/or completion temperatures of the actuation (Le. austenitic start and finish ...
Computational modelling of a smart impeller actuated by shape memory alloys
(Cape Peninsula University of Technology, 2011)
Smart (SMA-Shape Memory Alloy) Technology continues to advance rapidly as engineers move closer to and understand better the industrial and commercial needs for SMA. As a matter of fact, all types of products, which exercise ...
Development and testing an intelligent hybrid polymeric composite beam with healing ability embedded with Ni-Ti shape memory alloy
(Cape Peninsula University of Technology, 2010)
Hybrid polymeric composites (HPC) are widely used for the design of aerospace, automobile and civil engineering structures. One of the major challenges posed by these materials and structures is their brittle nature. When ...