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Stability of a nonlinear electronic controller for an electrostrictor actuator
Author(s): Douglas K. Lindner; Gregory Zvonar
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Paper Abstract

Electrostrictor transducers are attractive because of their (relatively) large displacements. However, they exhibit a quadratic nonlinearity between the charge and displacement as well as a nonlinear relationship between charge and voltage. These nonlinearities limit the useful range for linear output. For example, in acoustic applications, these nonlinearities limit the range of displacements that do not generate higher order harmonics. In this paper we describe a nonlinear electronic controller to mitigate the effects of the material nonlinearity. We also provide a stability proof for the nonlinear controller. This proof is based on a Lyapunov stability proof for a nonlinear capacitor with modifications.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 May 2005
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 5757, Smart Structures and Materials 2005: Modeling, Signal Processing, and Control, (19 May 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.599986
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Douglas K. Lindner, Virginia Tech (United States)
Gregory Zvonar, Galaxy Power, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5757:
Smart Structures and Materials 2005: Modeling, Signal Processing, and Control
Ralph C. Smith, Editor(s)

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