Adaptive Magnetorheological Isolator for Ground Support Equipment

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX09CB70C
Agency Tracking Number: 070075
Amount: $599,945.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: T6.02
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Techno-Sciences, Inc.
11750 Beltsville Drive, Suite 300, Beltsville, MD, 20705-4044
DUNS: 061997029
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Gregory Hiemenz
 Principal Investigator
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Business Contact
 Amy Hizoune
Title: Business Official
Phone: (240) 240-0609
Research Institution
 University of Maryland
 Not Available
 Dept. of Aerospace Engineering
College Park, MD, 20742
 (301) 405-1927
 Federally funded R&D center (FFRDC)
The minimization of vibration-induced damage has become a critical issue for rocket launch ground support electronics (GSE). In particular, the effect of high acoustic and exhaust blast loading during launch results in large amplitude motions of the support structures, which can transmit damaging loads to the GSE. This results in the need for extensive check out and frequent repairs of GSE systems after each launch, as well as extensive design and qualification testing to ensure the survivability of this equipment. To this end, Techno-Sciences Inc. (TSi), in collaboration with the University of Maryland (UMD) and LORD Corporation, has developed an innovative Adaptive Magnetorheological Isolator (AMI) system for GSE. The AMI system utilizes the continuously adjustable energy absorption capabilities of magnetorheological (MR) fluid dampers to automatically adjust to real-time environmental measurements as well as GSE rack properties. Because of its adaptability and optimal vibration isolation capabilities, the AMI system significantly reduces design and life-cycle costs as well as enhances equipment reliability.

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