Cryogenic Piezo Actuators for Lightweight, Large Aperture, Deployable Membrane Mirrors

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$99,988.00
Award Year:
2007
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNC07QA63P
Agency Tracking Number:
067210
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
TRS Ceramics, Inc.
2820 East College Avenue, State College, PA, 16801
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
782683007
Principal Investigator:
Xiaoning Jiang
Principal Investigator
(814) 238-7485
xiaoning@trstechnologies.com
Business Contact:
Wesley Hackenberger
President
(814) 238-7485
wes@trstechnologies.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Single crystal piezoelectric actuators are proposed to enable large stroke, high precision, shape control for cryogenic lightweight deployable membrane mirror structures for future NASA Science and communications applications. Piezoelectric properties of PMN-PT single crystal at a temperature of 4 K will be investigated. Compact piezo linear motor utilizing PMN-PT single crystal driver will be assembled and characterized at temperatures of 4K-300K. Specific goals for cryomotor are: maximum stroke >100 mm, maximum driving force ~10 N, response time ~ ms, positioning resolution ~50 nm, operating temperature of 4K-300 K, total mass <50 g, and power consumption <1 W. The deployment structure design and the stroke, force required for membrane mirror deployment will be identified in the phase I, and a 25 mm aperture membrane mirror deployment concept demonstration will be conducted in Phase I. At the conclusion of the Phase I program the feasibility of single crystal cryomotor for deployable membrane mirror will have been demonstrated. In Phase II, optimized single crystal piezoelectric actuators will be integrated into a 3 m deployable membrane mirror structure and delivered to NASA Labs for evaluation.

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