Design, Optimization, and the Prototyping of a Small Tuning-Fork Ultrasonic Piezoelectric Linear Motor

Daniel S. Stutts, Missouri University of Science and Technology
James R. Friend

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The design, optimization, and properties of a prototype small traveling-wave ultrasonic piezoelectric linear motor design are described. A method for optimizing the geometry of the motor to maximize its mechanical output for a given electrical input is described, as is the inherent properties of the design to maximize the motors durability and utilization of the piezoelectric material. Results from testing the motor demonstrate the design and indicate a maximum speed of 2.5 cm/s with a preload of 16 g due to an applied voltage of 80 V/RMS/ at an applied current of 15 mA.