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Advanced control techniques for post-buckled precompressed (PBP) flight control actuators
Author(s): Mark Groen; Michiel Van Schravendijk; Ronald Barrett; Roelof Vos
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Paper Abstract

The dynamic response of a new class of flight control actuators that rely on post-buckled precompressed (PBP) piezoelectric elements is investigated. While past research has proven that PBP actuators are capable of generating deflections three times higher than conventional bimorph actuators, this paper quantifies the work output and power consumption under various axial loads, at various frequencies. An analytical model is presented that supports the experimental findings regarding the increasing work output and natural frequency shift under increasing axial loads. Furthermore, increasing axial loads shows an increase in open-loop piezoelectric hysteresis, resulting in an increasing phase lag in actuator response. Current measurements show an electromechanical coupling that leads to power peaks around the natural frequency. Increasing axial loads has no effect on the power consumption, while increasing the work output by a factor of three, which implies a significant increase in work density over the piezoelectric material itself.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 April 2009
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 7288, Active and Passive Smart Structures and Integrated Systems 2009, 72881V (6 April 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.816091
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Mark Groen, Delft Univ. of Technology (Netherlands)
Michiel Van Schravendijk, Delft Univ. of Technology (Netherlands)
Ronald Barrett, Univ. of Kansas (United States)
Roelof Vos, Univ. of Kansas (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7288:
Active and Passive Smart Structures and Integrated Systems 2009
Mehdi Ahmadian; Mehrdad N. Ghasemi-Nejhad, Editor(s)

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