The research aims at building a highly effective, miniaturized electrohydrodynamic pumped actuator. The actuator would provide greater performance in terms of higher force, higher displacement and equivalent bandwidth to the so-called smart materials (piezoelectric and magnetostrictive) actuators of comparable size. The EHD actuators find applications in active structure-borne noise abatement, active vibration control, precision pointing. The on-going research aims at parametrically understanding the actuator with respect to its geometry, contained dielectric fluid medium and electric fields. A multitude of prototypes will be designed, fabricated and tested to provide experimental benchmarking of the model predictions. At the same time, this experimental bench marking will provide practical expertise in both fabricating the concept and incorporating it into smart structures.

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