minor loop

minor loop

[′mīn·ər ¦lüp]
(control systems)
A portion of a feedback control system that consists of a continuous network containing both forward elements and feedback elements.
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These partial transformations are referred to as minor loop hysteresis cycles (figure 2) and complete or full transformations are referred to as major loop hysteresis cycles (Figure 3).
The excitation level defines the type of the loop; a higher level determines a major loop, being the favourable situation, while a low level determines a minor loop, where the behaviour of the SMA element is close to them of a linear spring.