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Characterization of a piezohydraulic actuator
Author(s): R. Marie Tieck; Gregory P. Carman; Yohan Lin; Conal O'Neill
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Paper Abstract

The PiezoHydraulic Pump (PHP) used in this work currently uses proprietary check valves that allow the PHP to be operated at 1 kHz. At a bias pressure of 500 psi and operating voltage of 1 kV, the PHP produces a mechanical power output of 46 W. The PHP was baseline tested using both the proprietary valves (internal) and external commercial passive check valves. Using the external valves at a bias pressure of 80 psi, the PHP was tested at various frequencies. At an operating frequency of 150 Hz, the maximum flow rate was 0.91 cc/s, while at 125 Hz, the maximum mechanical power output was 0.18 W (0.64 W/kg). This significant decrease in characteristics can be attributed to an increase in system compliance by moving the valves external to the pump housing and possible air entrapment within the chamber.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 May 2005
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 5764, Smart Structures and Materials 2005: Smart Structures and Integrated Systems, (17 May 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.605351
Show Author Affiliations
R. Marie Tieck, Univ. of California/Los Angeles (United States)
Gregory P. Carman, Univ. of California/Los Angeles (United States)
Yohan Lin, NASA Dryden Flight Research Ctr. (United States)
Conal O'Neill, Kinetic Ceramics, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5764:
Smart Structures and Materials 2005: Smart Structures and Integrated Systems
Alison B. Flatau, Editor(s)

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