Piezo-Driven Pressure Controller Saves Heat
- Created on Tuesday, 01 November 2011
Using a piezo-actuated valve and an integral, closed-loop pressure control circuit, a modular controller maintains the pressure of non-corrosive to mildly corrosive gases. The Active Pressure Controller (APC) consumes minimal power (<40 mA at 12 VDC) while offering a response time of less than 20 ms. The high-efficiency device also produces minimal heat and EM signature, making it ideal for applications where heat contamination may affect flow measurement or temperature- sensitive mixtures.
In addition, the piezo controlling the valve offers "soft
actuation" so that the valve being controlled is never opened
or closed ballistically. The APC onboard control loop maintains
pressure at a set point indefinitely. Located inside the
controller is a Ruggedized, Laminated Piezo (RLP), a PZT
disk laminated between two metal layers under heat and pressure.
The RLP construction increases deflection from an
unmodified 0.2 micron to 200 microns.