Finite strain modelling of Shape Memory Alloys in the logarithmic strain space: A comparative study with other finite strain approaches

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Finite strain models for Shape Memory Alloys (SMAs) offer significant advantages over small strain models in that they excel in their ability to characterize SMA behaviour under large strain and finite rotations while eliminating the inherent assumptions associated with the small strain framework. The paper at hand presents a numerical model for SMAs at finite strain, employing the logarithmic strain measure to obtain an additive split of the total strain into its elastic and inelastic (transformation) parts. Notably, the model maintains the thermodynamic consistency validated using the Clausius–Duhem inequality. Additionally, we compare this model with two other finite strain SMA models employing logarithmic strain measures: a hypoelastic model, which splits the rate of deformation tensor additively, and a hyperelastic model, which decomposes the deformation gradient multiplicatively. The numerical formulation for the three finite strain models is specifically tailored to address superelasticity in SMAs. It is derived from the established small strain model and seamlessly extended into the domain of finite strain framework. Several numerical examples are carried out to showcase the logarithmic strain space approach applied to SMAs and to compare its response with that of the other aforementioned finite strain models in SMAs. The meticulous examination reveals that the logarithmic strain space approach aligns well with the existing finite strain models, demonstrating its effectiveness and compatibility.


Original languageEnglish
Article number112892
JournalInternational journal of solids and structures
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2024

External IDs

Scopus 85194941729
Mendeley f4901b7f-588a-3c27-bd4f-4424a536f4cf



  • Finite strain model, Hencky strain, Logarithmic strain, Shape Memory Alloys, Superelasticity