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MAGNETICALLY SUSPENDED MULTIPURPOSE CENTRIFUGE

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Army
Award ID:
15961
Program Year/Program:
1991 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
15961
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
SATCON APPLIED TECHNOLOGY, INC.
1745A West Nursery Rd MS4018 Li, MD -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 1991
Title: MAGNETICALLY SUSPENDED MULTIPURPOSE CENTRIFUGE
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $64,951.00
 

Abstract:

CENTRIFUGES OPERATING IN A FIELD ENVIRONMENT HAVE TO BE COMPACT, LIGHT WEIGHT, RUGGED AND RELIABLE BY DEFINITION. AVAILABLE CENTRIFUGES HAVE RELIABILITY ISSUES RELATED TO THE ROBUSTNESS OF THE MECHANISMS SUPPORTING THE CENTRIFUGE ROTOR. THE MASS IMBALANCE INTRODUCTED ON THE ROTOR BY ASYMMETRICALLY LOADED TUBES AGGRAVATES THIS PROBLEM CONSIDERABLY. THE DRIVE MOTOR AND ASSOCIATED ELECTRONICS IS ANOTHER AREA WHICH COULD BENEFIT CONSIDERABLY FROM TECHNOLOGY ENHANCEMENT. THIS PROPOSAL PUTS FORWARD AN INNOVATIVE APPROACH SYNTHESIZED FROM TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPED FOR GYROSCOPES AND SPACE RELATED ROTATING SYSTEMS TO ARRIVE AT A CENTRIFUGE DESIGN WHICH WILL BE LIGHT WEIGHT AND ROBUST TO THE PROBLEMS ENCOUNTERED WITH EXISTING DESIGNS. THE ROTOR IS PROPOSED TO BE MAGNETICALLY SUSPENDED AND DRIVEN BY A MOTOR INTEGRATED INTO THE CENTRIFUGE ROTOR STRUCTURE AND POWERED BY AN ADVANCED ELECTRONIC DRIVE. THE SUSPENSION SYSTEM IS INTRINSICALLY INSENSITIVE TO MASS UNBALANCE. THE INTEGRATED STRUCTURE AND THE EFFICIENT ELECTRONICS WILL HELP REDUCE THE OVERALL WEIGHT. A PROTOTYPE MODEL IS PROPOSED TO BE DESIGNED AND CONSTRUCTED FOR PHASE I AND A PRODUCTION DESIGN CENTRIFUGE FOR PHASE II.

Principal Investigator:

Dr Vijay Gondhalekar
Principal Investigator
6176610540

Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Sat-con Technology Corp
12 Emily St Cambridge, MA 02139

EIN/Tax ID:
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No