This paper outlines a model for a corner-supported, thin, rectangular bimorph actuated by a two-dimensional array of segmented, orthotropic PVDF laminates; it investigates the realization and measurement of such a bimorph. First, a model is derived to determine the deflected shape of an orthotropic laminate for a given distribution of voltages over the actuator array. Then, boundary conditions are realized in a laboratory setup to approach the theoretical corner-supported boundary condition. Finally, deflection measurements of actuated orthotropic PVDF laminates are performed with Electronic Speckle Pattern Interferometry and are compared to the model results.
Analytical and Experimental Studies of Orthotropic Corner-Supported Plates With Segmented In-Plane Actuators
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Sumali, H, Massad, JE, Reu, PL, Chaplya, PM, & Martin, JW. "Analytical and Experimental Studies of Orthotropic Corner-Supported Plates With Segmented In-Plane Actuators." Proceedings of the ASME 2005 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition. Dynamic Systems and Control, Parts A and B. Orlando, Florida, USA. November 5–11, 2005. pp. 197-202. ASME. https://doi.org/10.1115/IMECE2005-80962
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