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Micro-Control Actions of Actuator Patches Laminated on Hemispherical Shells

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P. Smithmaitrie, H. S. Tzou

University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY

Paper No. IMECE2002-33570, pp. 221-230; 10 pages
  • ASME 2002 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Design Engineering
  • New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, November 17–22, 2002
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-3628-2 | eISBN: 0-7918-1691-5, 0-7918-1692-3, 0-7918-1693-1
  • Copyright © 2002 by ASME


Spherical shell-type structures and components appear in many engineering systems, such as radar domes, pressure vessels, storage tanks, etc. This study is to evaluate the micro-control actions and distributed control effectiveness of segmented actuator patches laminated on hemispheric shells. Mathematical models and governing equations of the hemispheric shells laminated with distributed actuator patches are presented first, followed by formulations of distributed control forces and micro-control actions including meridional/circumferential membrane and bending control components. Due to difficulties in analytical solution procedures, assumed mode shape functions based on the bending approximation theory are used in the modal control force expressions and analyses. Spatially distributed electromechanical actuation characteristics resulting from various meridional and circumferential actions are evaluated. Distributed control forces, patch sizes, actuator locations, micro-control actions, and normalized control authorities of a free-floating hemispheric shell are analyzed in a case study. Parametric analysis indicates that 1) the control forces and membrane/bending components are mode and location dependent and 2) the meridional/circumferential membrane control actions dominate the overall control effect.

Copyright © 2002 by ASME
Topics: Actuators , Shells



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