The Properties And Application of Nitinol

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What is Nitinol
Nitinol alloy is a form memory alloy. It is a unique alloy that automatically returns to its original shape when heated at a specified temperature. Its expansion rate exceeds 20%, its fatigue resistance is 1*10 up to the 7th order, its damping qualities are ten-times higher than those of ordinary springs and its corrosion resistant is better than any medical stainless steel currently available. It is an ideal material for applications in the medical field.

Memory alloy has a unique ability to remember its original shape. It also offers excellent wear resistance and corrosion resistance.

Nitinol and its properties

Nickel-titanium is a binary metal alloy made of titanium and nickel. There are two distinct crystal phases due to temperature changes and mechanical pressure: austenite and Martensite. The nickel-titanium phase transformation sequence is: parent phase (austenite), R phase, martensite phase. The R phase is cubic. Austenite is harder and cubic at higher temperatures (more important than the temperature where austenite begins) or when the load (external force from Deactivation) is removed. The shape of the austenite is relatively stable. The martensite is formed when the temperature falls below Mf (the temperature at which martensite finishes) or is activated by external forces. It is hexagonal in shape, ductile and repeatable.
Nitinol application:

Clinical Application of Nitinol Wire

1. It is used to align and level the teeth of patients as early as possible. Nitinol Archwires, with their superelasticity and shape-memory properties and lower stress/strain curves, are used in the first stage of treatment. The patient’s discomfort is reduced significantly. MBT’s straight wire correction technology uses heat-activated, nickel-titanium alloy (HANT) archwire. The DEMON self-locking brace technology uses heat-activated, nickel-titanium alloy produced by Omro. O-PAK technology recommends 0.016 inch super-elastic Nitinol alloy archwire as early alignment wire.

2. Nitinol extension and push springs are used for orthodontics. These springs are very elastic and can be used for orthodontic treatments to widen gaps between teeth and move teeth in different directions. The nickel-titanium spiral spring can generate about 50g of force when it is extended by one millimeter. Nickel-titanium coil springs possess high elastic properties, and they can create a soft and stable pressure while under tension. The force attenuation of the coil springs is minimal. This makes them ideal for orthodontic forces that are required to move teeth in a clinical setting. Meet the physiological needs. Nitinol tension springs feature high elasticity with a small permanent deformation. Compared to stainless steel, the correction force released is about 3.5-4x greater. The patient feels a dull, lasting pain during orthodontic treatment. The duration of the follow-up, treatment, and cure are reduced. This new device is a great mechanical tool for orthodontic treatment.

Nitinol’s excellent properties in terms of electrical, mechanical and thermal properties make it a popular choice in semiconductor electronic packaging.

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