Inertial Piezoelectric Rotary Motor Based on Low Profile Stator with Trapezoidal Waveguides


  • Ying YANG Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • Andrius ČEPONIS Kaunas University of Technology
  • Dalius MAŽEIKA Vilnius Gediminas Technical University
  • Vytautas JŪRĖNAS Kaunas University of Technology



inertial piezoelectric motor, square frame; thin stator


Results of numerical and experimental investigations of a novel inertial piezoelectric rotary type motor based on a low profile stator with trapezoidal waveguides. The proposed motor has a simple design and is well scalable. Moreover, the proposed design of the motor allows mount it on a printed circuit board and use it in a small-size mobile positioning and actuating systems. The structure of the stator is based on a square type hollowed steel frame with four straight trapezoidal waveguides that are used to transfer vibrations of the stator to the rotation of the rotor. Piezo ceramic plates are glued on both sides of the stator. The thickness of the assembled stator is 0.9 mm, while the total area needed for stator mounting does not exceed 625 mm2. The driving of the rotor is based on the stick-slip principle, which is induced by excitation of the second in-plane bending mode of the four bimorph plates applying two saw tooth waveform signals with a phase difference by π. The numerical and experimental investigation was carried out to validate the operation principle of the motor and to measure the mechanical and electrical characteristics. The maximum angular rotation speed of 1304 RPM was achieved at a resonance frequency of 44.81 kHz when a preload of a 7.35mN was applied.