Cryogenic Fluid Transfer Components Using Single Crystal Piezoelectric Actuators

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Amount:
$99,998.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
NNX09CE60P
Solitcitation Year:
2008
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Branch:
N/A
Award Year:
2009
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
085442
Solicitation Topic Code:
X7.02
Small Business Information
TRS Ceramics, Inc.
2820 East College Avenue, State College, PA, 16801-7548
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
782683007
Principal Investigator
 Xiaoning Jiang
 Principal Investigator
 (814) 238-7485
 xiaoning@trstechnologies.com
Business Contact
 Xiaoning Jiang
Title: Vice President
Phone: (814) 238-7485
Email: 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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