Magnetostrictive actuators show interesting performances related to high-precision actuation with high-energy density, which focused the interest of research in the past years. Nevertheless, the output deformation is related to the current and the applied stress, through a complex multi-input multi-output (MIMO) hysteresis process. As a consequence, a reliable and accurate control task cannot neglect the stress monitoring. Such task, if performed by an ad hoc stress sensor, e.g., a load cell, will face with the sensor's placement in the device, resulting in an increase in cost, complexity, and bulkiness of the system. This issue can be circumvent if the current and magnetic flux measurements, available in the control chain, are exploited. To this aim, a novel self-sensing approach to deliver real-time estimation of the stress is presented in this paper, involving some recent results of a thermodynamic compatible MIMO model of hysteresis for magnetostrictive materials.
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