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IJAT Vol.10 No.4 pp. 540-548
doi: 10.20965/ijat.2016.p0540
(2016)

Paper:

Development of Novel Particle Excitation Flow Control Valve for Stable Flow Characteristics

Daisuke Hirooka*,†, Tomomi Yamaguchi*, Naomichi Furushiro*, Koichi Suzumori**, and Takefumi Kanda***

*Department of Mechanical Engineering, Kansai University
3-3-35 Yamate-cho, Suita-shi, Osaka 564-8680, Japan

Corresponding author,

**Graduate School of Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo, Japan

***Graduate School of National Science and Technology, Okayama University, Okayama, Japan

Received:
January 6, 2016
Accepted:
March 9, 2016
Published:
July 5, 2016
Keywords:
pneumatic actuator, flow control valve, PZT, transducer
Abstract

The authors have previously developed a compact, light-weight air flow control valve, which realizes continuous flow control. The vibration produced by a piezoelectric device (PZT) was used to excite particles confined in a flow channel to control the valve opening for the developed control valve. Therefore, the voltage applied to the PZT can be changed to continuously control the flow rate. A new working principle was developed for the control valve to stabilize flow rate characteristics. Different types of particles were used to change the valve opening condition. A prototype was manufactured to demonstrate the effectiveness of the control valve.

Cite this article as:
D. Hirooka, T. Yamaguchi, N. Furushiro, K. Suzumori, and T. Kanda, “Development of Novel Particle Excitation Flow Control Valve for Stable Flow Characteristics,” Int. J. Automation Technol., Vol.10, No.4, pp. 540-548, 2016.
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