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NEW ACTUATORS FOR HUMAN SENSORY FEEDBACK

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
17927
Program Year/Program:
1993 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
17927
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
TECHNICAL RESEARCH ASSOC., INC.
P.O. Box 15278 Honolulu, HI 96830
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 1993
Title: NEW ACTUATORS FOR HUMAN SENSORY FEEDBACK
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $635,792.00
 

Abstract:

THE OVERALL OBJECTIVE OF THIS PROJECT IS TO INTEGRATE TERFENOL-D INTO NEW ACTUATOR DESIGNS APPLICABLE TO DEXTEROUS EXOSKELETAL FEEDBACK SYSTEMS FOR TELEROBOTIC APPLICATIONS. THE DEVELOPMENT OF NEW EFFICIENT, RESPONSIVE, SMALL, LIGHTWEIGHT ACTUATORS IS CRITICAL TO THE ACHIEVEMENT OF SENSORY FEEDBACK SYSTEMS FOR INTUITIVE, REAL TIME HUMAN OPERATION OF TELEROBOTIC SYSTEMS IN HAZARDOUS OR OTHERWISE RESTRICTIVE ENVIRONMENTS. THIS PHASE I PROJECT WILL EXPLORE THE FEASIBILITY AND CAPABILITY OF THESE MAGNETOSTRICTIVE ACTUATOR MECHANISMS TO PROVIDE REALISTIC FORCE AND POSITION FEEDBACK FOR ROBOTIC END-EFFECTORS. THE PROJECT WILL ESTABLISH AND STUDY NEW TERFENOL-D ACTUATOR DESIGNS ADAPTED SPECIFICALLY FOR THESE FEEDBACK SYSTEMS AND WILL DEMONSTRATE, TEST AND EVALUATE THE EFFECTIVENESS OF BOTH RESISTIVE VARIABLE BRAKE DEVICES AND HIGHER ORDER ACTIVE LINEAR MOTOR ACTUATOR PROTOTYPES. THE ACTUATORS WILL BE MODULAR BY DESIGN AND WHEN REFINED IN PHASE II WILL ALLOW TRANSFER AND APPLICATION TO VARIED MECHANICAL FEEDBACK SYSTEMS INCLUDING ADAPTIVE STRUCTURES AND OTHER ELECTROMECHANICAL SYSTEMS OF UTILITY TO MILITARY, SPACE AND PRIVATE SECTOR SYSTEMS.

Principal Investigator:

Owen D. Brimmhall
8015828080

Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Technical Research Associates,
410 Chipeta Way Salt Lake City, UT 84108

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