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Design and testing of SMA temperature-compensated cavity resonators

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3 Author(s)
B. F. Keats ; Electr. & Comput. Eng. Dept., Univ. of Waterloo, Ont., Canada ; R. B. Gorbet ; R. R. Mansour

In this paper, we present a method for designing temperature-compensated cavity resonators using shape memory alloys (SMAs). This paper gives an expression for the temperature drift of resonant frequency, which is valid for any conductor-loaded cavity regardless of its shape. This formula, combined with a field perturbation model, is used to derive the resonant frequency of an SMA-compensated resonator subject to temperature fluctuation. Experimental results are given that confirm the feasibility of the proposed design approach. A design method is proposed for specifying SMA alloys to build the actuator. An expression is derived to accurately predict the performance of an actuator design.

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IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques  (Volume:51 ,  Issue: 12 )