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A Multicell Linear Power Amplifier for Driving Piezoelectric Loads

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2 Author(s)
Shyr-Long Jeng ; Dept. of Autom. Eng., Ta-Hwa Inst. of Technol., Hsinchu ; Yung-Cheng Tung

A multicell amplifier is developed by connecting floating signal modules in series to drive piezoelectric devices. The amplifier generates a high voltage gain by summing the individual module gains. The bandwidth equals that of a single module. The multicell amplifier provides a means of achieving high power and can divide the total power dissipation among the modules, because each module delivers the same output voltage and current. A prototype circuit that consists of six floating signal modules exhibits precise linear operation over a wide range of input frequencies and capacitive loads. The circuit provides a plusmn 200-V output swing with a corner frequency of around 100 kHz at a driving capacitive load of 0.1 muF. The slew rate is as high as 115 V/mus, and the maximum output current is plusmn2.6 A. The practicality and performance of the presented modular implementation concepts were verified by the close match between the simulated and experimental results.

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Industrial Electronics, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:55 ,  Issue: 10 )