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Techniques and considerations for driving piezoelectric actuators at high speed
Author(s): Andrew J. Fleming
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Paper Abstract

Due to their high stiffness, small dimensions and low mass, piezoelectric stack actuators are capable of developing large displacements with bandwidths of greater than 100 kHz. However, due to their large electrical capacitance, the associated driving amplifier is usually limited in bandwidth to a few kHz. In this paper the limiting characteristics of piezoelectric drives are identified as the signal-bandwidth, output-impedance, cable inductance, and power dissipation. A new dual-amplifier is introduced that exhibits a bandwidth of 2 MHz with a 100 nF capacitive load. Experiments demonstrate a 20 V 300 kHz sine wave being applied to a 100 nF load with negligible phase delay and a peak-to-peak current of 3.8 A. Although the peak output voltage and current is 200 V and 1.9 A, the worst-case power dissipation is only 30 W.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 April 2008
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 6926, Modeling, Signal Processing, and Control for Smart Structures 2008, 69260E (3 April 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.778121
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Andrew J. Fleming, The Univ. of Newcastle (Australia)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6926:
Modeling, Signal Processing, and Control for Smart Structures 2008
Douglas K. Lindner, Editor(s)

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