Nitinol University (NU)

Nitinol University (NU) is a one-day training course hosted by Confluent Medical Technologies designed to provide the medical device industry with a fundamental understanding of Nitinol as an alloy. NU dives into unique considerations and requirements when using Nitinol in device applications, and is intended for R&D Engineers, Manufacturing Engineers, Process Development Engineers, and others intimately involved in the design and manufacturing of Nitinol-based medical devices and components.

NITINOL UNIVERSITY AGENDA

NITINOL FUNDAMENTALS

SPEAKERS: TOM DUERIG & ALI SHAMIMI

  • What is Nitinol?
  • Austenite and Martensite
  • Shape Memory and Superelasticity
  • Mechanical and Thermal Properties

NITINOL PROCESSING

SPEAKERS: CHRISTINE TREPANIER & MARIA SANTA ANA

  • Laser Types (pulsed, fiber, disk, ultrafast), Thermal Processes vs. Athermal Processes, Considerations for Choosing Laser Type
  • Heat Affected Zone
  • Slug Removal, Outer Diameter, Inner Diameter, Heat Treatment, Af Verification and Surface Preparation
  • Shape Setting and Heat Treating
  • Oxide Removal, Electropolishing, Passivation

DESIGN CONSIDERATIONS

SPEAKERS: CRAIG BONSIGNORE

  • Geometry and Material Considerations
  • Acute Performance Considerations
  • Design for Fatigue Performance
  • Finite Element Analysis

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