Nitinol: highly complex, yet super-elastic and enormously variable -- COMPAMED Trade Fair

Nitinol: highly complex, yet super-elastic and enormously variable

Interview with Gerd Siekmeyer, ACQUANDAS GmbH

02.05.2022

Image: braided nitinol sheath for e.g. a stent, placed in a knot; Copyright: PantherMedia / Sonja Wittke

Nitinol is super elastic and has shape memory. This means that it can be plastically deformed and returns to its original shape after an external stimulus such as a certain temperature.

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Image: various small metal parts; Copyright: Messe Düsseldorf
Image: bent open heart catheter in front of a human hand; Copyright: Messe Düsseldorf

Smart materials were frequently used in stent applications. In the meantime, the areas of application have become much more versatile.

Image: Anne Hofmann; Copyright: private