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Parallel and serial connections for piezoceramic recurve actuator arrays
Author(s): James D. Ervin; Diann E. Brei
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Paper Abstract

The Recurve architecture is an actuation building block which combines the energy density and strain amplification of a bender with the design flexibility available through actuator arrays. While polymeric piezoelectric materials have been used in prior work to demonstrate this technology, the focus of this work was to demonstrate the use of piezoceramic materials with the Recurve architecture. To accommodate this, three basic connections were developed to allow for assembling Recurve actuation building blocks into array elements: a serial connection in which the Recurve elements are connected so that the displacement accumulates, a parallel connection in which the force from the Recurve elements sum, and a combination connection in which four Recurve elements are connected to increase both force and displacement simultaneously. These connections were demonstrated using a 2 X 2 and 4 X 2 PZT/Steel Recurve array prototype. Quasi-static experiments including free deflection, blocking force, and force-deflection, were conducted and compared to response predicted by analytical models.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 July 1998
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 3323, Smart Structures and Materials 1998: Mathematics and Control in Smart Structures, (24 July 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.316352
Show Author Affiliations
James D. Ervin, Univ. of Michigan (United States)
Diann E. Brei, Univ. of Michigan (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3323:
Smart Structures and Materials 1998: Mathematics and Control in Smart Structures
Vasundara V. Varadan, Editor(s)

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