Integrating a piezoelectric actuator with mechanical and hydraulic devices to control camless engines

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The paper deals with some interdisciplinary aspects and problems concerning the actuation control which occur in the integration of a piezoelectric structure in an aggregate actuator consisting of a piezoelectric, a stroke ratio displacement, a mechanical and a hydraulic part. Problems like compensation of the piezo hysteresis effect, scaling force-position to obtain an adequate displacement of the actuator and finally the control of such a complex aggregate system are considered and solved. Even though this work considers a particular application, the solutions proposed in the paper are quite general. In fact, the considered technical aspects occurring in systems which utilize piezoelectric technologies can be used in a variegated gamma of actuators integrating piezoelectric technologies. A cascade controller is proposed to combine a Feedforward action with an internal and an external PI-Controller. The Feedforward Controller is based on the model of the whole actuator, so particular attention is paid to the model structure. The resulting Feedforward action is an adaptive one to compensate hydraulic pressure faults. Real measurements are shown.

Original languageEnglish
JournalMechanical Systems and Signal Processing
Pages (from-to)55-70
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - 01.10.2016

Bibliographical note

Special Issue on Piezoelectric Technologies

    Research areas

  • Engineering - Hybrid actuators, Piezoelectric actuators, Mechanical actuators, Hydraulic actuators