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Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8649-19-P-A437
Agency Tracking Number: F19B-001-0180
Amount: $25,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF19B-T001
Solicitation Number: 2019.2
Solicitation Year: 2019
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2019-08-06
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2020-08-06
Small Business Information
1028 Welfer St., Pittsburgh, PA, 15217
DUNS: 117083877
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Stuart Diller
 (540) 557-7609
Business Contact
 Stuart Diller
Phone: (540) 557-7609
Research Institution
 Carnegie Mellon University
 Carmel Majidi
 5000 Forbes Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA, 15213
 (302) 540-7959
 Nonprofit college or university
Designing actuation hardware for autonomous systems is challenging due to the high weight and power consumption of conventional actuators and clutches. Compared to existing clutch technologies, the electroadhesive clutches produced by ESTAT have exceptional holding force as a ratio of both mass and power consumption. They weigh 10x less and consumes 1000x less power than other clutching technologies. By using thin, lightweight materials and operating with a fundamentally unique mechanism, ESTAT clutches are able to transmit up to 180 N of force while weighing just 15 grams. ESTAT clutches consume 3.2 mW of power, and require 320 V DC for activation. The activation/deactivation time is 20 milliseconds, and we validated clutch performance for over 3 million consecutive loading cycles. We have also demonstrated the clutch in an ankle exoskeleton that assists human walking, proving the ESTAT clutch can perform reliably in a challenging application.Our vision is to provide engineers with powerful clutch hardware that makes their robot or autonomous system more dynamic, capable, and affordable. The clutch is being developed for integration into robotic arms, legs, and assistive devices for use in target applications related to automated parts handling, mobility, and human motor assistance.

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