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High-voltage switching piezo drive amplifier
Author(s): Dan J. Clingman; Mike Gamble
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Paper Abstract

This paper describes the development and testing of a 4KVpp, 750 ma piezo drive switching amplifier. This amplifier is used to drive Piezo Fiber Composite material imbedded in a 1/6 scale CH-47 blade. This amplifier will allow higher harmonic control of the blade thus reducing rotor craft vibration and nose. The amplifier recycles reactive energy required to drive piezo material allowing for an efficient amplifier design. A multi level topology is used allowing solid sates switching devices with voltage rating of half the output drive voltage. The amplifier modular design allows easy migration to the power levels required to drive a full size CH-47 blade. This work was done in conjunction with the Smart Structures for Rotor Craft Control in support of DARPA/ONR.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 July 1999
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 3674, Smart Structures and Materials 1999: Industrial and Commercial Applications of Smart Structures Technologies, (9 July 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.351551
Show Author Affiliations
Dan J. Clingman, Boeing Phantom Works (United States)
Mike Gamble, Boeing Phantom Works (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3674:
Smart Structures and Materials 1999: Industrial and Commercial Applications of Smart Structures Technologies
Jack H. Jacobs, Editor(s)

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