Two-Dimensional Micro-Colloid Thruster Fabrication

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$99,544.00
Award Year:
2004
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA9550-04-C-0064
Agency Tracking Number:
F045-005-0131
Solicitation Year:
2004
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF04-T005
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
CONNECTICUT ANALYTICAL CORP.
696 Amity Road, Bethany, CT, 06524
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
783630189
Principal Investigator:
Joseph Bango
Principal Investigator
(203) 393-9666
jbango@ctanalytical.com
Business Contact:
Joseph Bango
President
(203) 393-9666
jbango@ctanalytical.com
Research Institution:
Yale University
Juan F de la Mora
9 Hillhouse Avenue
New Haven, CT, 06520
(203) 432-4347
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
In the field of electric space propulsion, specifically colloidal propulsion, there has been significant improvements of recent date in the development of small micro-fabricated arrays operating in the single Taylor Cone per emitter regime. To increase thrust, the density of 2-D arrays must be increased. The state-of-the-art employs silicon based MEMS fabrication techniques to effect suitable multiplexed 2-D emitter arrays. Although very efficient, MEMS emitters can be very difficult to get "just right" to achieve the desired performance. An alternative to silicon MEMS colloidal thruster design is to employ novel bundles of stretched fused silica glass fibers that comprise a plurality of capillary pores. Connecticut Analytical Corp. has devloped a patent-pending process utilizing these stretched fused fibers as a means to provide propellant delivery devoid of a hydrostatic source and at the same time yield a large 2-D electrospray array suitable for propulsion applications. The inherent capillarity of the structure maintains propellant fluid feed in perfect equilibrium to all spray demands.

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