MICROGRAVITY SONIC PUMP LEVITATOR FURNACE

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$500,000.00
Award Year:
1990
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
10512
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Orbital Technologies Corp.
402 Gammon Pl #10, Madison, WI, 53719
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Dr Eric E Rice
() -
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
THIS PROJECT PROPOSES TO ADVANCE THE STATE-OF-THE-ART IN MICROGRAVITY CONTAINERLESS PROCESSING AND RESEARCH. THE MICROGRAVITY SONIC PUMP FURNACE (MSPF) CONCEPT IS BASED UPON THE SONIC PUMP LEVITATOR PRINCIPLE THAT PROVIDES RAPID POSITION CONTROL AT MODEST ACCELERATIONS FOR SAMPLES UP TO 4 CM IN DIAMETER, WHILE THE SAMPLE IS HEATED AND MELTED UNDER CONTROLLED CONDITIONS. SPECIFIC SENSOR SYSTEMS WILL BE USED TO MONITOR THE STATE CONDITION OF THE SAMPLE AS IT UNDERGOES PROCESSING. THE PROPOSED PHASE I PROJECT WILL REVIEW THE APPLICABILITY OF THE TECHNOLOGY IN MICROGRAVITY RESEARCH, WILL IMPROVE THE THEORY AND ENGINEERING ANALYSIS MODELS AND DEVELOP A PRELIMINARY DESIGN CONCEPT.

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