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Transducer for high speed and large thrust ultrasonic linear motor using two sandwich-type vibrators

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4 Author(s)
Kuribayashi Kurosawa, M. ; Dept. of Precision Eng., Tokyo Univ., Japan ; Kodaira, O. ; Tsuchitoi, Y. ; Higuchi, T.

A transducer for an ultrasonic motor using two sandwich-type vibrators has been proposed and designed. The vibrators cross at right angles with each other at the tip. The transducer has two vibration modes; one is a symmetrical mode and the other is anti-symmetric. The normal direction motion of the transducer tip is excited by the symmetrical mode. The lateral motion of the tip is excited by the anti-symmetrical mode. The transducer is designed so that these vibration modes are degenerated. To obtain high output force and high power, materials were carefully selected. Heat-treated high strength chromium manganese steel bolts were used for binding the PZT elements. A zirconia ceramics plate was bonded on the transducer tip as frictional material. The no-load maximum speed was 3.5 m/sec. The output force was 39 N at the driving voltage of 500 V/sub rms/ and the preload of 150 N. At this condition the maximum efficiency was 28%, and the velocity was 0.55 m/sec. The maximum output force was 51 N, which was 17 times of the transducer weight. The maximum output power per unit weight was 76 W/kg.

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Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:45 ,  Issue: 5 )