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High Fidelity Model of a Ball Screw Drive for a Flight Control Servoactuator

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Antonio C. Bertolino, Giovanni Jacazio, Stefano Mauro, Massimo Sorli

Politecnico di Torino, Torino, Italy

Paper No. IMECE2017-70737, pp. V001T03A024; 10 pages
  • ASME 2017 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 1: Advances in Aerospace Technology
  • Tampa, Florida, USA, November 3–9, 2017
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5834-9
  • Copyright © 2017 by ASME


Over the past years, a trend toward “more electric” equipment has arisen including flight control systems, leading to a tendency to replace the electro-hydraulic actuators (EHSAs) with electro-mechanical actuators (EMAs), which have however a too high jamming probability for a primary flight control system. An innovative jam tolerant approach is to make the EMA “jam-predictive” by monitoring its health state using effective prognostic algorithms. The need for a high-fidelity model is then paramount. In this study, basing on a typical architecture of an EMA, a detailed analysis of the developed dynamic non-linear ball screw model is presented. The backlash, friction parameters, a model of the rolling/sliding behaviour of a ball with rolling friction are taken into account, contact stiffness and preload are introduced. A discussion is presented on the results of a sensitivity analysis on the efficiency of the mechanism with respect to the above mentioned characteristic parameters under different operating conditions. The model and the results of the sensitivity analysis can be used to better understand the physics within the actuator and the ensuing fault-to-failure mechanisms which are needed for developing more efficient prognostic algorithms.

Copyright © 2017 by ASME
Topics: Screws , Flight



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