High Authority Piezoelectric Actuation System Synthesis through Mechanical Resonance and Electrical Tailoring

Jun Sik Kim, K. W. Wang, Edward Smith

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In this research, a new approach is proposed to enhance the effectiveness of piezoelectric actuators without the trade off between force and stroke. Through mechanical tailoring, the resonant frequencies of the actuation system (includes the piezoelectric actuator and the related mechanical and electrical elements for actuation) can be tuned to the required actuation frequencies. This obvious will increase the authority (both stroke and force) of the actuation system. However, resonant actuation system could be hard to control and non-robust, due to its narrow operating bandwidth. This issue can be resolved through electric circuit tailoring. With the aid of a network of inductance, resistance, and negative capacitance, the actuation resonant peak can be significantly broadened and flattened. In this case, one can achieve a high authority actuation system without the negative effects of resonant problems. The electrical networks can also achieve a fail-safe system due to its passive shunting characteristic. The proposed concept is evaluated using a PZT tube actuator for trailing edge flap control of rotorcraft blades. Promising results are demonstrated, showing that the treatment can indeed create a high authority and robust actuation system that satisfies the performance requirements of the example application. Also, the proposed concept is verified by experiments using an equivalent circuit model with synthetic inductor and negative impedance converter of capacitance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)479-487
Number of pages9
JournalAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers, Aerospace Division (Publication) AD
StatePublished - 2003

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Space and Planetary Science


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