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Cryocooler disturbance reduction with single and multiple axis active/passive vibration control systems
Author(s): Eric M. Flint; Patrick Flannery; Michael E. Evert; Eric H. Anderson
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Paper Abstract

Cryocoolers are well known sources of harmonic disturbance forces. In this paper two miniaturized, add-on, vacuum compatible, active vibration control systems for cryocoolers are discussed. The first, called VIS6, is an active/passive isolation hexapod and has control authority in all six degrees of freedom. This capability is desirable when reduction of all cryocooler disturbance loads, including the radial loads, is required. Each of the six identical hexapod struts consists of a miniature moving coil electromagnetic proof mass actuator, custom piezoelectric wafer load cell, viscoelastic passive isolation stage, and axial end flexures. The first five disturbance tones are reduced over a bandwidth of 250 Hz using a filtered-x least mean square algorithm. Load reductions of 30 - 40 dB were measured both axially and radially. The second system, called VRS1, is a pure active control system designed to reduce axial expander head disturbance loads. It works on the basis of a counter-force developed from an electromagnetic proof mass actuator. Error signals are provided from a commercial accelerometer to a standalone digital signal processor, on which a filtered-x least means square control algorithm is implemented. Over the 500 Hz control bandwidth, the 11 disturbance tones were reduced on between 14 to 40 dB.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 April 2000
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 3989, Smart Structures and Materials 2000: Damping and Isolation, (27 April 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.384597
Show Author Affiliations
Eric M. Flint, CSA Engineering, Inc. (United States)
Patrick Flannery, CSA Engineering, Inc. (United States)
Michael E. Evert, CSA Engineering, Inc. (United States)
Eric H. Anderson, CSA Engineering, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3989:
Smart Structures and Materials 2000: Damping and Isolation
T. Tupper Hyde, Editor(s)

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