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This paper presents a wireless and stand-alone subminiature propeller based on acoustic propulsion for the underwater robotic applications. The acoustic propulsion is generated by a MEMS-based self-focusing acoustic transducer (SFAT), fabricated on 1-mm-thick lead zirconate titanate (PZT) substrate, and operated at its thickness mode resonant frequency of 2.32 MHz. A 100F lithium-ion capacitor (LIC) is used as a power source due to its high energy and power densities. A drive electronic circuit is implemented on a flexible printed circuit board (PCB) and delivers 30Vpp sinusoidal signal to the acoustic propeller. The completed system is 18 x 18 x 38 mm3 in volume and weighs 12.56 grams, resulting in a mass density of 1.020 g/cm3. The acoustic propulsion generated by the acoustic propeller is measured to be 18.68μN with the electrical power of 358.7mW consumed by the propeller. Both vertical and horizontal propulsions are demonstrated successfully in sodium polytungstate (SPT) solution.
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Hilton Head Workshop 2022: A Solid-State Sensors, Actuators and Microsystems Workshop
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National Science Foundation
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