High temperature electro-magnetic actuators (HTEMA)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-12-M-2220
Agency Tracking Number: F112-176-0989
Amount: $149,892.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2011
Solicitation Topic Code: AF112C-176
Solicitation Number: 2011.2
Small Business Information
1745A West Nursery Rd, MS4018, Linthicum, MD, -
DUNS: 795953095
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Gerald Foshage
 Senior Staff Engineer
 (978) 500-4803
Business Contact
 Dennis Mahoney
Title: VP Business Development
Phone: (410) 694-8044
Email: dmahoney@rct-systems.com
Research Institution
ABSTRACT: RCT proposes a design and validation effort resulting in a high temperature, high reliability class of all electromagnetic actuator designs with minimal/no heat load on aircraft cooling systems. Size and weight are consistent with aircraft engine limits and are applicable to manned and unmanned vehicles. Actuator designs are consistent with military specifications and are anticipated to replace JSF engine nozzle actuation hydraulic actuators. Actuator performance requirements identified with the Air Force and RCT partner(s) will provide a basis for design and optimization trades, followed by a point design selections and detail design efforts consistent with aircraft engine applications. At the end of Phase I, design validation by analysis enables a Phase II proposal for laboratory hardware demonstrations, risk reduction and commercialization roadmap. Hardware interface will be consistent for integration into engine test stands for Phase III testing/transition. Key technical aspect includes actuator power, weight, size, efficiency, speed, stroke, force/torque, , thermal and mechanical robustness (margin), reliability, life cycle cost, failure modes and effects, and maintenance needs. BENEFIT: Commercial opportunities include more reliable electromagnetic actuators which can be used in down hole drills, high temperature industrial actuators, nuclear fission and fusion reactor actuators and geothermal power conversion systems.

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