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Inertially Stabilized Rifle Using Recurve Actuators

[+] Author Affiliations
Douglas K. Lindner, Huiyu Zhu

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA

Diann Brei, Jim Vindlinski

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Chris La Vigna

TechnoSciences, Inc., Lanham, MD

Paper No. IMECE2002-33987, pp. 143-148; 6 pages
  • ASME 2002 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Adaptive Structures and Materials Systems
  • New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, November 17–22, 2002
  • Conference Sponsors: Aerospace Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-3625-8 | eISBN: 0-7918-1691-5, 0-7918-1692-3, 0-7918-1693-1
  • Copyright © 2002 by ASME


This paper describes an INertially STabilized Rifle where a Recurve actuator, constructed from piezoelectric material, is used to internially stabilize the barrel assembly of a tactical rifle to compensate for the small user-induced disturbances. The requirements of this system are discussed and the actuator requirements are derived. A prototype Recurve actuator is described and the test results reported. Similarly, the power electronics needed for INSTAR are discussed. Test results for an prototype circuit are given.

Copyright © 2002 by ASME
Topics: Actuators



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