Conventional structural cables (or wire ropes) are composed of steel wires helically wound into strands, which, in turn,
are wound around a core. Cables made from shape memory alloy (SMA) wires are a new structural element with promising
properties for a broad range of new applications. Among the many potential advantages of this form are increased
bending flexibility for spooling/packaging, better fatigue performance, energy absorption and damping, reduced thermal
lag, redundancy, and signicant design flexibility. Currently there are no known studies of SMA cables in the literature,
so exploratory thermo-mechanical experiments were performed on two commercially available cable designs as part of an
ongoing research program to systematically characterize their thermomechanical behavior and demonstrate their potential
utility as adaptive or resilient tension elements.