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9 June 1999 Design and performance of a high-force piezoelectric inchworm motor
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A linear inchworm motor was developed for applications in adaptive, conformable structures for flow control. The device is compact (82 X 57 X 13 mm), and capable of unlimited displacement and high force actuation (150 N). The static holding force is 350 N. Four piezoceramic stack elements (two for clamping and two for extension) are integrated into the actuator, which is cut from a single block of titanium alloy. Actuation is in the form of a steel shaft pushed through a precision tolerance hole in the device. Unlimited displacements are achieved by repetitively advancing and clamping the steel shaft. Although each step is only on the order of 10 microns, a step rate of 100 Hz results in a speed of 1 mm/s. Since the input voltage can readily control the step size, positioning on the sub-micron level is possible.
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Jeremy Eli Frank, Gary H. Koopmann, Weicheng Chen, and George Andre Lesieutre "Design and performance of a high-force piezoelectric inchworm motor", Proc. SPIE 3668, Smart Structures and Materials 1999: Smart Structures and Integrated Systems, (9 June 1999);

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