Piezoshaker Systems

The piezoshaker excitation systems are designed for vibration measurement and non destructive testing and consist of a piezoshaker, an amplifier and a function generator. Optionally, the waves of the piezoshaker, transmitted to the test object, can be monitored by isi-sys Shearography / ESPI systems. Our Shearography / ESPI systems enable to monitor full field vibration such as e. g. the natural object vibrations. The video on the right shows the lamb waves, generated by the piezoshaker, that is attached at the bottom of the specimen. The waves travel across the object surface and excite the five local subsurface defects on the top. The local defects vibrate differently, depending on their local mechanical properties (stiffness). Only very little power of the piezoshaker is required, when the excitation frequency is close to the local defect resonance frequency. This principle is used in non-destructive testing for example, especially to locate delaminations in sandwich structures. Here, usually the piezoshakers of the PS-X-03 series with vacuum adapter are used.



PS-X-03 Series with Suction Cup adapter



The PS-X-03-Series is designed for non destructive testing purpose in combination with ESPI/Shearography. It is fixed on the object surface by vacuum via a suction cup. The pressing force is adjustable by the vacuum level. Different actuator types are available for different frequency range and forces in combination with different counterweight mass.




NEW! PS-AC-X Series with active cooling

The piezoshaker PS-AC-X series is used for broadband vibration excitation, mainly in applications for non-destructive testing in combination with Shearography and Thermography systems. It is very compact and rigid as well as for quick set-up and easy handling. The design is based on the established piezoshaker type PS-X-03,but in contrast to PS-X-03, our new series uses compressed air for active cooling as well as for generation of the vacuum for the suction cup. The active cooling allows longer continuous operation at higher power compared to the PS-X-03 versions or longer life time at higher power output.

Use as suction-foot for tripod: Compared to the PS-X series, the increased sealing diameter generates higher forces, which allows the usage of the standard suction-foots for the isi-sys suction tripods. For example two PS-AC-X can be placed left and right next to the field of view and therefore close to the area of interest.



PS-L-02-Series with mounting table and forced cooling

Piezoshaker_LS-MThe PS-L-02 Series is designed for vibrating of small objects such as electronic devices at high frequencies. The adapter table is exchangeable and can be customized with threads for object mounting (M4). Mounting of load cell for force measurement is optional. Mass of gravity of the object should be near center. For continuous operation at high loads and frequencies forced air cooling is required. A DC centrifugal fan is included, which can be connected to the amplifier for powering. It is available with different characteristics (frequency range, amplitudes and forces).



PS-M-LC-Series with screw mount and load cell adapter

Piezoshaker2The PS-M-LC-Series is designed for screwing or gluing on the object surface and can be combined with load cells. The piezoshaker is available with actuator types for different force and frequency ranges in combination with variation of the housing diameters defending the counterweight mass of the shaker body. A suitable and common load cell is for example the PCB model No. 201B02 (Force Sensor ICP® quartz force ring), which max. Frequency is 90kHz.





The amplifier HVDA-0-180  is especially design for isi-sys Piezoshakers and mobile application, where high power at low weight and compact size is a big advantage for mobility and flexible handling. Modular or customized versions for Shearography units including function generator and vacuum pump. High frequencies up to 100kHz and more as well as large forces and acceleration have been generated in combination with the different isi-sys Piezoshaker modules.


Excitation power, force and acceleration of a piezoshaker system are functions of the frequency, its amplitude and thus also depend on the amplifier output, characterized by its transfer function. You can request the transfer function of the amplifier from isi-sys. The frequency range for application of the piezoshaker is limited depending on its electrical capacity. Adjustment of the excitation power is usually possible via the amplitude and frequency generated by the function generator and can be monitored via the voltage and current monitor-outputs.


Function generator / DAQ unit

Different function generators are supported by the Software isi-Studio. It offers to run the requires features for non destructive testing such as automatic frequency sweeping. The standard function generator / DAQ unit also offers to measure current and voltage output of the amplifier. This permits to monitor the power applied to the surface.


Vacuum sources

The Piezoshaker can be attached by vacuum to the object surface. When pressurized air is not available, isi-sys offers small vacuum pump units. Two independent vacuum sources are recommended when also a tripod with suction cups is used. The vacuum level is adjustable via pump speed, which is recommended to prevent damage to the object surface by vacuum forces.



Application examples of the Piezoshaker system:

Dynamic loading on a large yacht hull

Dynamic loading on a wind turbine blade and resin bridges

Dynamic excitation on a spacecraft

Dynamic loading on a yacht mast

Dynamic loading on rudder blade


Should you need more detailed information or have special questions, please contact us per email – info@isi-sys.com.