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Development of an actuator power factor meter for experimental determination of the optimal actuator location on complex structures
Author(s): Chen Liang; Fanping P. Sun; Craig A. Rogers
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Paper Abstract

Actuator power factor, defined as the ratio of structural dissipative mechanical power to apparent supplied electrical power, describes the effectiveness of the integrated actuators to convert supplied electrical power to mechanical power which creates the intended structural response. A large actuator power factor in the frequency range of application indicates that the corresponding actuator (position) has a higher authority to excite its host structure in that frequency range than positions with a lower power factor. The use of acutator power factor provides an alternate tool in the determination of the optimal actuator locations and dimensions to theoretical calculations. More importantly, the power factor can be experimentally measured on large-scale complex structures, thereby eliminating the need for sophisticated theoretical modeling. The concept of an actuator power factor was first introduced by the authors (Liang et al., 1993a) and will be briefly described herein. The utility of using the actuator power factor in optimizing an actuator system will then be illustrated using a numerical case study. The hardware development of the actuator power factor meter will be presented. The application of actuator power factor meter for optimal experimental actuator placement will be discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 May 1994
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 2190, Smart Structures and Materials 1994: Smart Structures and Intelligent Systems, (6 May 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.175188
Show Author Affiliations
Chen Liang, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ. (United States)
Fanping P. Sun, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ. (United States)
Craig A. Rogers, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2190:
Smart Structures and Materials 1994: Smart Structures and Intelligent Systems
Nesbitt W. Hagood, Editor(s)

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