This paper describes an array of in-plane piezoelectric actuator segments laminated onto a corner-supported substrate to create a thin bimorph for reflector applications. An electric field distribution over the actuator segments causes the segments to expand or contract, thereby effecting plate deflection. To achieve a desired bimorph shape, the shape is first expressed as a two-dimensional series expansion. Then, using coefficients from the series expansion, an inverse problem is solved that determines the electric field distribution realizing the desired plate shape. A static example is presented where the desired deflection shape is a paraboloid.

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