Motion Control

Linear Actuators

Parker’s Electromechanical Automation Division (Irwin, PA) released the High Moment Rodless (HMR) electromechanical linear actuator series that features five different frame sizes, two different drive train options, an IP54 protective cover option, and multiple motor mounting, carriage, and sensor options. The actuators integrate externally accessible lubrication fittings into the carriage that evenly disperse lubricant across the bearing trucks and ball nut. Two options for chassis profiles are available: basic or reinforced.

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Rod-Style Actuator

The RSA-HT high-force rod-style actuator from Tolomatic (Hamel, MN) can also be considered as a replacement for hydraulic applications and offers maximum force capabilities of 12,900 lbf (57.38kN). Features include an IP67 option, standard purge/breather port, and a lubrication system. The actuator includes a grease zerk for lubrication without disassembly. The purge/breather port allows positive pressure to be applied to the actuator to help keep contaminants out, and functions as a breather port in high-speed applications where internal pressures may exert additional forces on the actuator if sealed.

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Controller Systems

Velmex (Bloomfield, NY) offers VXM controller systems for power systems that drive motorized products including slides and rotary tables. The controller is a 2-phase, unipolar stepper motor controller that can drive and control precise movements, multi-axis, and velocity. The system is capable of controlling up to four motors, one motor at a time. Two motors can be controlled simultaneously for coordinated motion. Features include an intuitive, comprehensive command instruction set; single-chip microcontroller that digitally controls the motor phase switching and all other interface functions; elimination of noise-sensitive step and direction translation circuitry; and resonance-free motor torque from modulated current control.

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Brushless DC Motor and Control

Groschopp (Sioux Center, IA) offers a brushless DC motor and control package consisting of brushless DC motors and gearmotors. The motors feature closed loop controls to deliver commutated power and variable speed control, maintaining speed regulation over a wide range of loads. The motors feature 2,600 to 3,800 RPM, 1.8 to 10.8 in-lb torque, 1/7 to 1/3 HP, and aluminum frames. The controls offer closed-loop speed regulation, line and low voltage, and chassis mount and NEMA 4X enclosures. Available options are a holding brake, foot mount, and IP66 compliance.

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Evaluation of Rail Gun Technology for Launch Assist of Air-Breathing Rockets

John F. Kennedy Space Center, Florida A prototype horizontal electromagnetic rail launcher has been demonstrated along with a corresponding theory. This system builds out of published work in augmented rail guns, but modifies this technology so that the motor can operate for seconds rather than milliseconds, and provide low acceleration (such as might be needed to launch an aircraft) rather than the extreme accelerations seen in the guns. The final system operates off of relatively low voltages (tens of volts), but with substantial currents. A lab bench prototype has been constructed and operated, demonstrating 13 Gs acceleration of a small 230-gram sled.

Posted in: Briefs, Aerospace, Motion Control, Motors & Drives, Propulsion, Aircraft, Launch vehicles

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Using Harmonics to Control Flutter in Wings with Electrical Motors

This control system concept applies principles of forced aeroelasticity to distributed electric propulsion systems. Armstrong Flight Research Center, Edwards, California As aeronautics engineers develop innovative distributed electric propulsion systems, they face new challenges in ensuring that these innovative aircraft are safe as well as fuel efficient. In particular, these systems involve a large number of electrically driven fan motors mounted across a wing that induce vibrations that negatively affect the aircraft’s stability. These vibrations cause problems regardless of whether the motors are bottom-mounted, top-mounted, or wing-embedded.

Posted in: Briefs, Aeronautics, Motion Control, Motors & Drives, Propulsion, Vibration, Electric motors, Fans

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Micropulse Detonation Rocket Engine for Nano-Satellite Propulsion

Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland An efficient propulsion system would use a micropulse detonation rocket engine (–PDRE) for nano-satellite maneuverability in space. Technical objectives are to design, build, and conduct a small detonation tube experiment in order to explore the feasibility of using –PDRE for propelling a nano-satellite. The plan is to study the requirement and predict the performance of –PDRE using various candidate propellants, as well as to conduct ground experiments, demonstrate useful thrust, and measure the specific impulse in a two-year time frame, so that a follow-on project can be proposed in a future NRI Center Innovation Fund.

Posted in: Briefs, TSP, Aeronautics, Motion Control, Propulsion, Machinery & Automation, Propellants, Rocket engines, Satellites

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