SBIR Phase I: High Power Density, High Efficiency Actuation for Robotic Applications

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: 0810437
Agency Tracking Number: 0810437
Amount: $91,755.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solitcitation Year: N/A
Solitcitation Topic Code: EO
Solitcitation Number: NSF 07-586
Small Business Information
QM Power, Inc
441 Marlborough Street - Unit 2, Boston, MA, 02115
Duns: 788879877
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Charles Flynn
 UKNW
 (816) 537-5306
 jflynn@QMPower.com
Business Contact
 Charles Flynn
Title: UKNW
Phone: (816) 537-5306
Email: jflynn@QMPower.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
This Small Business Innovation Research Phase I research proposal will demonstrate a family of high efficiency and high power density actuators utilizing Parallel Magnetic Circuit (PMC) technology. This magnetic force control technology will be applicable to any electromagnetic device. Unlike conventional electro-magnetic motors and actuators, which use series magnetic circuits limited by the force of the most powerful single magnet element, PMC moves flux from multiple permanent magnets and field coils into a coherent and additive geometry, dramatically increasing both efficiency and power density. The broader impact will be that in addition to being four to six times as efficient and producing a minimum of four times as much torque as an equivalent standard motor, PMC actuators also allow greater continuous torque, are lighter to comparable actuators, require no active liquid cooling, and are highly reliable with reduced maintenance costs. This actuator technology has the potential to have a significant impact in robotics, conventional vehicles, and hybrid-electric, or electric vehicles.

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