Low Noise, High Efficiency Hydraulics for Mobile Robots

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-12-C-0317
Agency Tracking Number: D2-1133
Amount: $1,000,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2013
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: SB103-001
Solicitation Number: 2010.3
Small Business Information
Vecna Technologies Inc.
MD, Suite 500, Greenbelt, MD, 20770-1423
DUNS: 094078958
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Andreas Hofmann
 VP, Autonomous Solutions
 (617) 864-0636
Business Contact
 Michael Bearman
Title: VP/General Counsel
Phone: (617) 864-0636
Email: mbearman@vecna.com
Research Institution
Most mobile robots today cannot perform significant physical work due to their limited strength and power density. One practical approach to achieving sufficient mechanical strength is through the use of hydraulics. However, the low energy efficiency of current, conventional approaches to mobile hydraulic power systems poses a significant limitation to the development of strong, dexterous mobile robots. Vecna proposes to solve this issue of efficiency through a system- and component-level analysis of hydraulic systems. In contrast to other approaches which consider either software or hardware designs, this analysis will examine the intersection of intelligent control policies and novel hardware design and configurations to determine their advantages for energy efficiency and recovery. Phase II work will build on Phase I designs and test results in actuator development, valving strategies, and novel compliant control policies.

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