Novel piezoelectric-based power supply for driving piezoelectric actuators designed for active vibration damping applications

Alfredo Vázquez Carazo, Kenji Uchino

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This paper describes a novel step-up DC-AC piezoelectric-based power supply for driving piezoelectric actuators. Piezoelectric actuators have been demonstrated to be very attractive in applications requiring fast response and high actuation force, such as active damping applications. These actuators are commonly installed in self-powered systems (cars, helicopters, aircrafts, satellites, etc.) with limitation in the battery performance, dimensions and maximum weight. Nevertheless, the required driving electrical AC voltage for these actuators is typically in the range of 100 V to 1000 V, quite far from the 9 to 24 V of common batteries. Thus, the use of heavy, large and EMI-noisy electromagnetic transformers becomes necessary which is a drawback for the compact size required. This paper introduces an alternative system for driving piezoelectric actuators using a novel design of piezoelectric transformer, the Transoner®. The proposed solution allows a reduction in size, weight and magnetic noise generation compared to, the classical electromagnetic-based systems. The work represents a completely novel approach to the possibilities of piezoelectric transformers for powering high voltage piezoelectric actuators. The solution offers significant advantages in environments requiring high integration, low weight, and low electromagnetic interferences operated with batteries. A circuit configuration capable of converting a 24 V DC input voltage up to 600 Vpp AC output voltage with frequency and magnitude control is implemented. Experimental results are presented for a standard multilayer piezoelectric actuator driven at 100 Vpp within the range of 10 Hz to 500 Hz.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)197-210
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Electroceramics
Issue number3
StatePublished - Dec 2001

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Materials Chemistry
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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