Modelling of the travelling wave piezoelectric motor stator: An Integrated review and new perspective

H. Rodriguez*, R. Ceres, L. Calderon, Jose L Pons

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Articles from different areas which are closely related to the modelling of the stator of travelling wave ultrasonic motors (TWUMs) are reviewed in this work. Thus, important issues relevant to this problem are identified from the areas of vibration of annular plates, laminated plate theories, and modelling of piezoelectric transducers. From this integrated point of view, it becomes clear that there are some very important issues yet to be addressed in the modelling of TWUMs. Firstly, the influence of material properties and stator dimensions on output efficiency, electromechanical coupling coefficients (EMCC) and maximum output energy is to be investigated in more detail. Secondly, the modelling of the electric potential field (by explicitly including the charge equation) for TWUMs seems to be a must for better prediction of displacements and electric fields close to the resonance, as suggested by some recent works [1]. Moreover, the improvement of current models by using shear deformation (or higher order) laminated plate theories (LPTs) in conjunction with approximated methods of solution are discussed. In addition to analytical models, those works using Finite Element and Finite difference Methods (FEM and FDM) for the modelling and simulation of the TWUM stator dynamics are reviewed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)698-705
Number of pages8
JournalBoletin de la Sociedad Espanola de Ceramica y Vidrio
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2004


  • Analytical model
  • Piezoelectric motor
  • Resonant actuation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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