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1. (WO2017132220) TORQUE MOTOR WITH MECHANICAL FLEXURES ESTABLISHING ARMATURE-TO-FIELD GAPS
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CLAIMS

What is claimed is:

1. A torque motor comprising:

a mechanical reference member;

an armature flexibly mounted to the mechanical reference member for rotation about a motor axis; and

a field assembly including field pole pieces defining a pole opening into which the armature extends with respective gaps to the respective field pole pieces, the field assembly being spaced from the mechanical reference member by a set of deformable flexures, the flexures being deformed sufficiently to locate the pole opening at a predetermined position relative to the armature with corresponding predetermined lengths of the gaps, the field assembly being urged into contact with the deformable flexures and secured to the mechanical reference member by one or more fasteners.

2. The torque motor of claim 1, wherein the deformable flexures are elastically deformed below their yield stress.

3. The torque motor of claim 1 wherein the deformable flexures are elastically and plastically deformed.

4. The torque motor of claim 1 wherein the fastener clamping force is adjusted to change the load applied to the deformable flexures whereby adjustments are made to the lengths of the gaps.

5. The torque motor of claim 1, wherein the predetermined position is a centered position in which the gaps are of equal length.

6. The torque motor of claim 1, wherein the fasteners are bolts extending through the field assembly and into the mechanical reference member.

7. The torque motor of claim 1, wherein the mechanical reference member is a base at one axial end of the torque motor.

8. The torque motor of claim 1, wherein the flexures are unitary with the mechanical reference member.

9. The torque motor of claim 8, wherein the flexures are formed as thin concave members that deform axially.

10. The torque motor of claim 9, wherein the thin concave members are remaining portions of base material after removal of material to form respective back-side hollows of the flexures.

11. The torque motor of claim 10, wherein the flexures include trepanned button-like members extending from the thin concave members and against which the field assembly rests.

12. The torque motor of claim 8, wherein load is transferred from the field assembly to the flexures by load transfer means that is not unitary to the mechanical reference member.

13. The torque motor of claim 12 wherein the load transfer means is a non-compressible ball.

14. The torque motor of claim 1, wherein the flexures comprise separate deformable members disposed between the field assembly and the mechanical reference member.

15. The torque motor of claim 14, wherein the deformable members include spheres made of an elastically deformable material.

16. The torque motor of claim 15, wherein the mechanical reference member includes wells for receiving the spheres and maintaining them in place.

17. The torque motor of claim 1, wherein:

the torque motor has an overall cylindrical shape symmetric about the motor axis; the pole opening is a first one of two pole openings at diametrically opposite locations of the field assembly; and

the armature has respective end portions each located in a respective one of the pole openings.