Novel Smart Solutions for Pipe Coupling

SMA-based SMArt Engineering Solutions and Technologies

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Leak tight coupling in critical environments: Ultra High Vacuum (UHV) to High Pressure (HP)


Exploit the unique shape and force recovery capabilities of Shape Memory Alloys (SMAs)


Novel pipe coupling systems based on SMAs with remote activation capabilities

Standard coupling systems

Shape memory alloy couplers

From the idea to a first implementation


Ultra-high vacuum (UHV) coupling for high demanding radioactive areas in particle accelerators (LHC @ CERN )

Technology readiness level

TRL 7 – system prototype demonstration in operational environment

Advantages over standard coupling solutions


Small and lightweight alternative to standard coupling systems


Wide range of pressure, from UHV to HP


Thermal mounting and dismounting

Critical environments

Use in areas with limited human access

Bi-material connection

Dismountable and/or permanent (weld-like)

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