Using Shape Memory Alloy (SMA) in Spinal Spacer — Lesson 1

A shape memory alloy (SMA) can undergo large deformations without showing residual strains (pseudo-elasticity) and can recover from large deformations via temperature change (shape memory effect). The pseudo-elasticity and shape memory effect are especially useful for aeronautical, biomedical and structural engineering applications. This simulation concerns applying shape memory as a spinal spacer.

Simulation Files

Download the zip file and extract the contents. Go through the Readme file. Follow along with the provided How To Video file. The student version of Ansys simulation software can be downloaded here.