23 May 1997 Integrated smart actuator containing a monolithic coformed accelerometer
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A general need exists for inexpensive finite-area transducer arrays which intrinsically combine acoustic or vibration sensing with area actuation. Such combination transducers are particularly needed in active sound and vibration control and smart-materials applications. Commercial areas of interest include advanced underwater, aerospace or robotic-sensing applications. To be economically attractive they must be relatively simple to manufacture from reasonable cost materials. One promising new technology for such applications is injection-molded 1-3 composite piezo- ceramics, pioneered by Material Systems Inc. This transducer material is well suited for use as the low-cost actuator component of such a smart actuator. The challenge of this study was to design an inexpensive accelerometer which could be injection molded along with the actuator as an interspersed array. This paper describes a monolithic accelerometer which is suitable for fabrication by injection-molding as an integrated co-formed actuator component. Experimental results are presented for actuator/accelerometer arrays and issues related to the design and use of accelerometers in close proximity to an actuator are discussed.
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Robert D. Corsaro, Robert D. Corsaro, Brian H. Houston, Brian H. Houston, Joseph D. Klunder, Joseph D. Klunder, } "Integrated smart actuator containing a monolithic coformed accelerometer", Proc. SPIE 3044, Smart Structures and Materials 1997: Industrial and Commercial Applications of Smart Structures Technologies, (23 May 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.274683; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.274683

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