Cryogenic Fluid Transfer Components Using Single Crystal Piezoelectric Actuators

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$99,998.00
Award Year:
2009
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNX09CE60P
Agency Tracking Number:
085442
Solicitation Year:
2008
Solicitation Topic Code:
X7.02
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
TRS Ceramics, Inc.
2820 East College Avenue, State College, PA, 16801-7548
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:
Xiaoning Jiang
Vice President
(814) 238-7485
xiaoning@trstechnologies.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Cryogenic fluid transfer components using single crystal piezoelectric actuators are proposed to enable low thermal mass, minimal heat leak, low power consumption and fast response for cryogenic fluid transfer and handling systems to support NASA Lunar Lander, Ground Operations, Ares, and Lunar Surface Systems programs. Single crystal piezoelectrics are attractive because they exhibit 3 to 5 times the strain as conventional piezoelectric ceramics, have very low strain hysteresis, and retain excellent piezoelectric performance at cryogenic temperatures. Low voltage, low profile, highly efficient single crystal piezoelectric actuators including stack actuators, unimorph/bimorph benders and flextensional actuators will be designed, fabricated and characterized at temperature of 20 K -300 K. A fluid valve incorporating single crystal actuators will be prototyped for flow control experiments.

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