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Type: Journal article
Title: Improving load capacity of stick-slip actuators in both driving directions via a shared driving foot
Author: Zhang, Y.
Wang, M.
Fan, Y.
Lu, T.F.
Cheng, Y.
Peng, Y.
Citation: Smart Materials and Structures, 2019; 28(6):065004-1-065004-9
Publisher: IOP Publishing
Issue Date: 2019
ISSN: 0964-1726
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Yangkun Zhang, Meilin Wang, Yimin Fan, Tien-Fu Lu, Yang Cheng, and Yuxin Peng
Abstract: Stick-slip piezoelectric actautors are promising actautors with prinicipally unlimited stroke and positioning resolution. However, it is challenged with a low load capacity, which limits the field of application. Various types of compliant driving foot were proposed in literature to improve the load capacity but the improved load capacity is direction-dependent. To improve the load capacity in both forward and backward directions, this paper proposes an approach via a shared driving foot. The basic idea is to employ two piezoelectric actuators and a shared driving foot to work in a way that either forward or backward driving is a stick-slip process and both involve a clamping action during the 'stick' phase and a releasing action during the 'slip' phase, so that a large driving force/load capacity can be achieved in both driving directions. Following this approach, a shared driving foot was proposed and designed. Finite element simulations were carried out and have validated that the designed driving foot can realize the proposed approach as desired. A prototype was built and tested and the effectiveness of the proposed approach has been validated by experiments. Under the sawtooth waveform voltage of 100 V at 1 kHz, the prototype achieved a free-load forward and backward driving speed as large as 18.6 mm s⁻¹ and 16 mm s⁻¹ respectively and a load capacity larger than 2 kg for both driving directions. Under a driving load of 2 kg, it can still move stably with forward and backward driving speeds of 1.8 mm s⁻¹ and 0.6 mm s⁻¹ respectively.
Keywords: Stick-slip piezoelectric actuator; large load capacity; bidirectional driving; shared driving foot
Rights: © 2019 IOP Publishing Ltd
DOI: 10.1088/1361-665X/ab1428
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