Shape Memory Alloy Current Regulation

Discussion in 'The Projects Forum' started by Kev_Dublin, Dec 2, 2008.

  1. Kev_Dublin

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    Dec 2, 2008
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    Hi all,

    I'm looking for help on how to regulate current through a varying load. The load mentioned is a shape memory alloy wire which contracts when heated via current being passed through it. Upon contraction the resistance of the wire changes due to a phase change in the material. For my first test I need to maintain a constant current of 400mA through the wire before, during and after contraction. Following this, I need to repeat the test at 395mA, 390mA, all the way down to 220mA. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks guys
     
  2. beenthere

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    Depending on the source voltage, that should be well within the capability of an LM317 configured as a current regulator. Get the data sheet - http://www.national.com/ds/LM/LM117.pdf- and see what you think.
     
  3. Wendy

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