High power piezoelectric transformers - Their applications to smart actuator systems

Kenji Uchino, Shashank Priya, Seyit Ural, Toru Ezaki, Alfredo Vazquez Carazo

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Piezoelectric transformers with power capability of < 10 W have successfully been commercialized for the backlight inverters of laptop computers. For further high power applications, our approaches in new piezoelectric materials, new designs and new connection technologies are introduced in this paper. PZT based piezoelectric ceramics with the maximum vibration velocity of 1.0 m/sec have been developed by rare-earth ion doping. Multi-stacked disk type transformers have significant advantages over the conventional Rosen type in terms of high power and isolation resistance. Also the connection technology helps to enhance the power capability. New applications of the piezoelectric transformers have been demonstrated in an integrated ultrasonic motor and a piezoelectric actuator drive system for active vibration control on helicopters.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)383-395
Number of pages13
JournalCeramic Transactions
StatePublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes
Event106th Annual Meeting of the American Ceramic Society - Indianapolis, IN, United States
Duration: Apr 18 2004Apr 21 2004


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