A novel miniaturization actuator using a symmetric piezoelectric pusher element for pocket sun-tracking system

Sheng-Chih Shen, P. C. Tsai, C. T. Pan, H. J. Huang, J. C. Huang

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Abstract

A novel pocket sun-tracking system was developed using a symmetric piezoelectric plate and a Ni-Co alloy micro-pusher element. A LIGA-like technique was employed to manufacture a Ni-Co alloy micro-pusher with a Vickers hardness value (HV) of 550, which was then attached at the midpoint of the long side of a piezoelectric plate with dual electrodes to construct a symmetric piezoelectric pusher element (SPPE). The research integrated the concept of LEGO bricks, and three different vibration modes of the SPPE were designed to develop a miniaturization SPPE actuator, which was able to rotate a hemisphere concentrator lens along three perpendicular axes. The experiment demonstrated the pocket sun-tracking system moving precision to reach 1 and the rotation speeds to reach 50 rpm at a driving voltage of 30Vpp. In the future, this miniaturization SPPE actuator may be used for a number of applications, such as sun-tracking systems for green energy harvesters and bio-devices for use in the biomedical field.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2011 16th International Solid-State Sensors, Actuators and Microsystems Conference, TRANSDUCERS'11
Pages482-485
Number of pages4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Sep 1
Event2011 16th International Solid-State Sensors, Actuators and Microsystems Conference, TRANSDUCERS'11 - Beijing, China
Duration: 2011 Jun 52011 Jun 9

Publication series

Name2011 16th International Solid-State Sensors, Actuators and Microsystems Conference, TRANSDUCERS'11

Other

Other2011 16th International Solid-State Sensors, Actuators and Microsystems Conference, TRANSDUCERS'11
CountryChina
CityBeijing
Period11-06-0511-06-09

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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    Shen, S-C., Tsai, P. C., Pan, C. T., Huang, H. J., & Huang, J. C. (2011). A novel miniaturization actuator using a symmetric piezoelectric pusher element for pocket sun-tracking system. In 2011 16th International Solid-State Sensors, Actuators and Microsystems Conference, TRANSDUCERS'11 (pp. 482-485). [5969613] (2011 16th International Solid-State Sensors, Actuators and Microsystems Conference, TRANSDUCERS'11). https://doi.org/10.1109/TRANSDUCERS.2011.5969613