Design of a Hydraulic Actuator for Active Control of Rotating Machinery

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M. Rashidi

Mechanical Engineering Department, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH 44135

E. Dirusso

Structural Dynamics Branch, NASA Lewis Research Center, Cleveland, OH 44135

J. Eng. Gas Turbines Power 115(2), 336-340 (Apr 01, 1993) (5 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2906713 History: Received March 04, 1991; Online April 24, 2008


A hydraulic actuator was designed and is described herein. This actuator consists of: a pump, which generates the nominal pressure, a hydraulic servovalve, and a thin elastic plate, which transduces the generated pressure variations into forces acting on a mass, which simulates the bearing of a rotor system. An actuator characteristic number is defined to provide a base for an optimum design of force actuators with combined weight, frequency, and force considerations. This characteristic number may also be used to compare hydraulic and electromagnetic force actuators. In tests this actuator generated 182.3 N force at a frequency of 100. Hz. and a displacement amplitude of 5.8×10−5 m.

Copyright © 1993 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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