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Advances in Civil Engineering
Volume 2018, Article ID 1634702, 10 pages
Research Article

A New Rate-Dependent Constitutive Model of Superelastic Shape Memory Alloys and Its Simple Application in a Special Truss Moment Frame Simulation

Department of Civil Engineering, University of Thessaly, Volos 38334, Greece

Correspondence should be addressed to Dimitrios S. Sophianopoulos; rg.htu.vic@fosmid

Received 17 June 2018; Revised 9 August 2018; Accepted 13 August 2018; Published 17 September 2018

Academic Editor: Rosario Montuori

Copyright © 2018 Maria I. Ntina and Dimitrios S. Sophianopoulos. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


In this work, a new constitutive model of the behavior of shape-memory alloys is presented, based on earlier models, showing a very good agreement with the existing experimental results. A simple approximate application concerning the use of these alloys modelled as dissipation devices in a special truss-moment frame is demonstrated. The results obtained are considered sufficiently encouraging as a motivation for the ongoing work.