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Thermal deformation compensation of a composite beam using piezoelectric actuators
Author(s): Xiaoqin Zhou; Gangbing Song; W. Binienda
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Paper Abstract

Maintaining surface shape of precision structures such as spacecraft antenna reflectors has been a challenging task. The surface errors are often introduced by thermal distortions due to temperature differences. This paper presents numerical and experimental results of active compensation of thermal deformation of a composite beam using piezoelectric ceramic actuators. To generate thermal distortion to the composite beam, two film heaters are bonded to only one-side of the beam using thermally conductive materials. To correct thermal deformation caused by the film heaters, PZT (Lead Zirconate Titanate), a type of a piezoelectric ceramic material, is used in the form of patches as actuators. These PZT patches are bonded on the other side of the beam. First, finite element analyses are conducted with the consideration of the coupled effects of structural, electric, and thermal fields on the composite beam. These analyses include static coupled field modeling of the beam deformation with PZT actuation, transient modeling of the beam under thermal loading, and static coupled field modeling of the composite beam with thermal distortion and simultaneous PZT actuation to correct this distortion. Then, experiments are conducted to study thermal effect, PZT actuation effect and active thermal distortion compensation using PZT actuators with a Proportional, Integral, and Derivative (PID) feedback controller. FEM and experimental results agree well and demonstrate the proposed method can actively perform structural shape control in the presence of thermal distortion.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 July 2002
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 4701, Smart Structures and Materials 2002: Smart Structures and Integrated Systems, (15 July 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.474669
Show Author Affiliations
Xiaoqin Zhou, Univ. of Akron (United States)
Gangbing Song, Univ. of Akron (United States)
W. Binienda, Univ. of Akron (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4701:
Smart Structures and Materials 2002: Smart Structures and Integrated Systems
L. Porter Davis, Editor(s)

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