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Quadrature mechatronic actuator (QMA) drives for heavy ship doors and machinery
Author(s): Gareth J. Knowles; Ross W. Bird; Michael J. Goehrig; William C. Knoll; Heath Hoffman; Jaedo Park
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Paper Abstract

An important part of the Navy objectives is to be both more efficient and enable manpower reduction is to reduce maintenance, reduce manpower, and eliminate pollutants through creating a more all-electric ship environment. However, placement of both non-centralized and centralized hydraulic systems for control of heavy machinery, large bay doors, articulated systems such as rudders for controlling air flow to the skirt system (such as in Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) is extremely challenging. At the base of the design approach to a Mechatronic Motion System is the fact that such applications do not require high precision. What is required is that the actuator delivers sufficient thrust power without increasing the existing actuator weight and be a self-contained unit. To address this need, QorTek and PSU have been developing a new concept of an entirely new kind of motion system actuator that has few parts, enormous thrust capability for its compact size, and is amenable to affordable manufacture. The new Quadrature Mechatronic Actuator (QMA) is a hydraulic replacement that will match hydraulic force-displacement capabilities in a fully solid-state design. Quadrature Mechatronic Actuators will look very similar to the existing hydraulic actuators currently used on LCAC. These compact self-contained units represent a one-for-one substitute for existing equipment. The Mechatronic Actuator itself will be lighter and slightly smaller than its hydraulic actuator equivalent and use one or more internal hybrid solid-state drivers that are internally coupled to a linear translator.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 July 2004
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 5388, Smart Structures and Materials 2004: Industrial and Commercial Applications of Smart Structures Technologies, (29 July 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.546333
Show Author Affiliations
Gareth J. Knowles, QorTek, Inc. (United States)
Ross W. Bird, QorTek, Inc. (United States)
Michael J. Goehrig, QorTek, Inc. (United States)
William C. Knoll, QorTek, Inc. (United States)
Heath Hoffman, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)
Jaedo Park, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5388:
Smart Structures and Materials 2004: Industrial and Commercial Applications of Smart Structures Technologies
Eric H. Anderson, Editor(s)

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