Pressurization Characteristics of a Piezoelectric-Hydraulic Pump for UAV Brake Systems

  • Jai-Hyuk Hwang
  • Jae-Sung Bae
  • Yong-Ha Hwang
  • Jun-Yong Kwon
Original Paper


In this paper, a small piezoelectric-hydraulic pump suitable for the braking system of small- and medium-sized UAVs was developed. In addition, the pressurization characteristics of the pump were analyzed and performance experiments of the developed pump were conducted. To analyze the pressurization characteristics, AMESim, a verified commercial program, was used. The modeling of the small piezoelectric-hydraulic pump was carried out by subdividing it into components, including the piezoelectric actuator, chamber, check valves, and load side. The modeling validity was confirmed via a comparison of the simulation results with the performance experimental results of the produced pump. It has been found that the simulations and experiments produced similar results regarding the overall pressurization characteristics.


Piezoelectric-hydraulic pump Piezoelectric actuator Check valve UAV brake system 



The present study was supported by the Research Fund Support for Basic Research provided by the Agency for Defense Development (ADD-IBR-227). The authors would also like to thank the related individuals for their support.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jai-Hyuk Hwang
    • 1
  • Jae-Sung Bae
    • 1
  • Yong-Ha Hwang
    • 2
  • Jun-Yong Kwon
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Aerospace and Mechanical EngineeringAerospace UniversityGyeonggiKorea
  2. 2.Department of Aerospace and Mechanical EngineeringGraduate School at KAUGyeonggiKorea
  3. 3.The 7th Research and Development Institute, Agency for Defense DevelopmentDaejeonKorea

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