Position Control of Shape Memory Alloy Actuator Using Hysteresis Model

Kazuyuki Kodama, Tadahiro Hasegawa, Sumiko Majima

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The tracking control accuracy of shape memory alloy (SMA) actuator is limited due to inherent hysteresis nonlinearity. It has been said that a push-pull type mechanism and the insertion of a resistance feedback loop are useful to effects of the hysteresis. This paper presents a position control system for compensating the hysteresis without such constraints. It is composed of feedforward loop and PID feedback loop. In the feedforward loop, the desired input corresponding to the desired displacement is obtained from a model of hysteresis. The proposed control system is applied to a bias spring type SMA actuator that is more difficult to be controlled accurately than a push-pull type one. Experimental results show that tracking control performance is greatly improved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4708-4713
Number of pages6
JournalNihon Kikai Gakkai Ronbunshu, C Hen/Transactions of the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers, Part C
Issue number640
Publication statusPublished - 1999
Externally publishedYes


  • Actuator
  • Hysteresis
  • Nonlinear Control
  • Positioning
  • Shape Memory Alloy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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