The superelastic, shape memory, biocompatibility and fatigue properties of Nitinol, have made the material attractive for cardiovascular stents. However, it's a complex material and difficult to process. Finite element modeling of Nitinol devices such as stents reduces testing and time-to-market by allowing the designer to simulate the stent manufacturing and deployment processes. The constitutive models for superelastic alloys are available as user subroutine libraries for both Abaqus/Standard and Abaqus/Explicit.
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