Chapter 12

SMA Cardiovascular Applications and Computer-Based Design

Ferdinando Auricchio1,2,3, Elisa Boatti2,  and Michele Conti1     1Dipartimento di Ingegneria Civile e Architettura (DICAr), Università degli Studi di Pavia, Pavia, Italy     2Center for Advanced Numerical Simulation (CeSNA), Istituto Universitario di Studi Superiori (IUSS), Pavia, Italy     3Istituto di Matematica Applicata e Tecnologie Informatiche (IMATI), National Research Council (CNR), Pavia, Italy


This chapter provides a comprehensive overview of the application of shape memory alloys (SMAs) in the field of cardiovascular surgery. The unique features of SMAs, and in particular of Nitinol, fit well with the needs of minimally invasive surgical approaches. We review ...

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