Two-Dimensional Micro-Colloid Thruster Fabrication

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$99,677.00
Award Year:
2004
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA9550-04-C-0118
Agency Tracking Number:
F045-005-0186
Solicitation Year:
2004
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF04-T005
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
BUSEK CO., INC.
11 Tech Circle, Natick, MA, 01760
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
184629491
Principal Investigator:
Manuel Martinez-Sanchez
Professor, Aeronautics & Astronauti
(617) 253-5613
mmart@mit.edu
Business Contact:
Judy Budny
Contracts Administrator
(508) 655-5565
judy@busek.com
Research Institution:
Massachusetts Institute of Tech.
Michael Corcoran
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA, 02139
(617) 253-3906
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
The proposed research for this project is to perform preliminary required research in order to pursue microfabricated colloid thruster arrays. The project is comprised of the following tasks: i. propellant selection studies to determine appropriate propellant for microfabricated configurations and desired thrust regimes, ii. study of capillary feed physics for transport of propellant to electrospray tips, iii. investigation of extractor electrode designs suitable for high-density arrays of electrospray sources, iv. Characterization of electrochemical corrosion effects upon silicon, the preferred material for microfabrication, v. development of improved models of the electrospray phenomena, and vi. test of a novel bipolar colloid thruster that may promote extended thruster operation in the ionic regime.

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