High-precision control of a maglev linear actuator with nanopositioning capability Conference Paper uri icon


  • This paper presents high-precision control of a magnetically levitated (maglev) linear actuator with novel geometric configuration. The linear actuator will be used as a unit actuator in the development of a maglev instrument with six-axis nanopositioning capability. The novel configuration in this design concept leads to a lightweight and compact size. The objective of development of this maglev linear actuator is to verify the underlying theory and fundamental working principles. The device will allow a linear motion range of ±500 μm with nanoscale positioning resolution. We present electromechanical design, controller design and implementation, and preliminary closed-loop experimental results with various step sizes for this linear actuator in this paper.

author list (cited authors)

  • Kim, W. J., & Maheshwari, H.

publication date

  • January 2002