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Title: Investigation into squeeze-film induced levitation of light objects
Authors: Almurshedi, A
Atherton, M
Stolarski, T
Mares, C
Keywords: air squeeze-film;levitation;Poisson’s effect;FSI model
Issue Date: 2018
Citation: 2018
Abstract: The performance of a system consisting of a thin rectangular plate under plane stress due to the action of PT actuators, thus subjected to the Poisson’s contraction effect, and a light circular object freely floating over it was studied both numerically and experimentally. The results show that performance of the system is influenced by a few factors, including the magnitude of elastic deformation of the plate and the electrostatic action of the PZTs attached to the plate, which combine to form oscillating dimples created by the Poisson’s effect to separate the object from the plate with a film of compressible fluid. The importance of operating frequency of PZTs, shape and size of the dimple, offset and amplitude voltage under which PZTs operate, and distribution of PZTs on the plate’s surface were all examined theoretically and verified experimentally. The plate was made of aluminium and stainless steel in order to find out the importance of the material’s energy absorption rate for the effectiveness of squeeze-film induced levitation. The agreement between theoretical models and experimental measurements proved to be quite satisfactory.
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