Neural Network Based Hysteresis Compensation of Piezoelectric Stack Actuator Driven Active Control of Helicopter Vibration

De Meng, Pinqi Xia, Kai Lang, Edward C. Smith, Christopher D. Rahn

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Piezoelectric Stack Actuators (PSAs) have become promising actuators for active control of helicopter fuselage vibration owing to their large output force, rapid response speed, wide working frequency and light weight. However, the hysteresis nonlinearity of PSA has negative influence on the performance of PSA-driven active vibration control. In this paper, to improve the performance of PSA-driven active control of helicopter vibration, the hysteresis nonlinear neural network and hysteresis compensation neural network of PSA have been established based on the Nonlinear Auto Regression eXogenous (NARX) model. The PSA's voltage-displacement relations under two-harmonic actuations were used for training the neural networks of hysteresis nonlinearity and hysteresis compensation. Then the compensation neural network for PSA's hysteresis was integrated into an active control system for helicopter vibration. The results of experimental investigation performed on a scale model of a representative helicopter fuselage floor structure indicate that the neural network based hysteresis compensation of PSA for active control of helicopter vibration can effectively reduce vibration of the scaled frame structure and can reduce more vibration than without compensation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number111809
JournalSensors and Actuators, A: Physical
StatePublished - Feb 1 2020


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Instrumentation
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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