High Reliability Cryogenic Piezoelectric Valve Actuator

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX11CB52C
Agency Tracking Number: 095273
Amount: $599,999.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: X8.01
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
TN, Franklin, TN, 37064-1315
DUNS: 016551561
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Jeffrey Paine
 Principal Investigator
 (615) 615-6665
 jpaine@dynamic-structures.com
Business Contact
 Jennifer Sturgis
Title: Accounting&Contracts Manager
Phone: (615) 595-6665
Email: jsturgis@dynamic-structures.com
Research Institution
 Stub
Abstract
Cryogenic fluid valves are subject to harsh exposure and actuators to drive these valves require robust performance and high reliability. DSM's piezoelectric actuators offer advantages over traditional alternative actuator technology. However, in order to use piezoceramic actuators in cryogenic fluid handling applications, proof of operational reliability and improvements in thermal neutral response are required. During the Phase I, DSM experienced great successes and found multiple compelling reasons to continue into Phase II. Particular successes include: gaining access to a new piezoceramic material with superior cryogenic performance, demonstrating a flight-like vibration test survivability level for a small actuator sample set, and, development of a novel composite actuator with excellent neutral thermal response. The outcome of the Phase I yields multiple compelling reasons to continue into Phase 2. The potential for application of this actuator technology to cryogenic fluid valves is substantial with interested NASA advisors at NASA JSC, MSFC, and GRC.

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