Patent Number: 6,983,594

Title: Shape memory thin micro-actuator, and method for producing the same

Abstract: A micro-actuator includes a shape memory thin film having one end fixed to a substrate and one remaining part which, at room temperature, is in the martensitic phase and assumes a curly-configuration, whereas at a higher temperature than a threshold value it changes to the austenitic condition, wherein the film is completely stretched upon the substrate.

Inventors: Pizzi; Marco (Turin, IT), Koniachkine; Valerian (Turin, IT)

Assignee: C.R.F. Societa Consortile Per Azioni

International Classification: F01B 29/10 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 1/10/02018