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Design of a smart material electro-hydraulic actuator with improved frequency bandwidth
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Paper Abstract

Smart material electro-hydraulic actuators utilize fluid rectification by one-way valves to convert the small, high-frequency, high-force motions of smart materials such as piezoelectrics and magnetostrictives into useful motions of a hydraulic cylinder. These actuators have potential to replace centralized hydraulic pumps and lines with lightweight, compact, power-by-wire systems. This paper presents the design and testing of an improved actuator system. To increase the frequency bandwidth of operation, a lumped-parameter model is developed and validated based on experimental study of a pump with a performance capacity of 18.4 W. The critical parameters for pump performance are identified and their effect on pump performance assessed. The geometry of the hydraulic manifold that integrates the smart material pump and the output hydraulic cylinder is found to be critical for determining the effective system bandwidth.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 March 2012
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 8343, Industrial and Commercial Applications of Smart Structures Technologies 2012, 83430K (29 March 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.915447
Show Author Affiliations
John P. Larson, The Ohio State Univ. (United States)
Marcelo J. Dapino, The Ohio State Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8343:
Industrial and Commercial Applications of Smart Structures Technologies 2012
Kevin Farinholt; Steven F. Griffin, Editor(s)

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