During the past thirty years, noticeable consideration has been devoted to the improvement of rotary-wing vehicles, with respect to noise, vibrations and performance. The main rotor of helicopters, and more precisely the blades themselves have been the subject of numerous optimization studies.
The applications of piezoelectric actuators are spreading in various fields such as precise micro-positioning, shape control or vibration generation, control or damping.
Rare earth-iron magnetostrictive alloys, especially Terfenol-D, feature "giant" magnetostrains: static strains of 1000-2000 ppm and dynamic strains of 3500 ppm are reported.
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