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Force deflection characterization of series arrays of piezoelectric C-block actuators
Author(s): Andrew J. Moskalik; Diann E. Brei
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Paper Abstract

C-blocks are novel piezoelectric actuators that allow for a variety of different architectural configurations that will directly address application requirements without external leveraging. A very useful architecture is a series in which C-blocks are connected end-to-end. Serial architectures increase the deflection of the actuation system without impacting the force output. This paper presents the derivation of an theoretical model that accurately predicts the quasi-static force-deflection behavior of a generic C- block serial actuator configuration. This model is verified with five experimental case studies. In these case studies, the effects of changes in geometry, material, and configuration parameters were investigated using a variety of prototypes fabricated from polymeric and piezoceramic materials.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 July 1998
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 3329, Smart Structures and Materials 1998: Smart Structures and Integrated Systems, (27 July 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.316934
Show Author Affiliations
Andrew J. Moskalik, Univ. of Michigan (United States)
Diann E. Brei, Univ. of Michigan (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3329:
Smart Structures and Materials 1998: Smart Structures and Integrated Systems
Mark E. Regelbrugge, Editor(s)

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