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SBIR Phase I: True Analog Fractional Order Control

Award Information

Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
80197
Program Year/Program:
2006 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
0538866
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Wavelength Electronics
51 Evergreen Drive Bozeman, MT 59715
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2006
Title: SBIR Phase I: True Analog Fractional Order Control
Agency: NSF
Contract: 0538866
Award Amount: $99,775.00
 

Abstract:

This Small Business Innovation Research Phase I project will improve and simplify servomechanism control by using a patent-pending new circuit element - the Fractor. Human augmentation systems requiring human-like motion will be the first targets for this novel control approach based on fractional order control (FOC), including prosthetic joints and powered wheelchairs. The control technology also holds promise to solve stability problems in other servomechanisms, such as hard disc drives. State-of-the-art control systems for light and flexible systems require constant retuning or extremely complex control algorithms to "predict" and "adapt" to changing conditions but cannot respond to unconsidered circumstances. These limitations evaporate with the introduction of the full power of the fractional calculus. Fractional order calculus simply introduces the real number line to a theory that has been artificially constrained to the integer numbers. FOC is internationally recognized as the next route of improvement in robotics. This research to pioneer a new paradigm of control engineering is supported by both a prosthetic company and hard disc drive manufacturers. Neuro-motor dynamics in humans have been successfully modeled by fractional differential equations, with the same form as is exhibited by the Fractor. Also, the fractional order control matches diffusion-limited processes in fuel cells and thermally-limited systems, e.g. steam and nuclear power plants.

Principal Investigator:

Gary W. Bohannan
Dr
4065874183
gary@teamwavelength.com

Business Contact:

Gary W. Bohannan
Dr
4065874183
gary@teamwavelength.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Wavelength Electronics
51 Evergreen Drive Bozeman, MT 59715

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