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Charge-recovery power amplifier for piezoelectric applications
Author(s): John A. Main
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Paper Abstract

A power amplifier concept that considers both the electrical and mechanical nature of piezoelectric actuators is presented in this paper. It is referred to as a charge-recovery amplifier because it is designed to recover during actuator contraction the energy that is stored in the electric field of the actuator during extension. This is accomplished by creating a closed system with a flying capacitor that can be switched from a parallel configuration to a series configuration, effectively trapping the electric charge in the closed system and moving it between the piezoelectric actuator and the capacitor. Desired deflection levels within the range of the actuator are accomplished by switching the system at a high rate and using a pulse-width-modulation strategy.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 June 1997
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 3041, Smart Structures and Materials 1997: Smart Structures and Integrated Systems, (6 June 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.275698
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John A. Main, Univ. of Kentucky (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3041:
Smart Structures and Materials 1997: Smart Structures and Integrated Systems
Mark E. Regelbrugge, Editor(s)

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