A New Generation of Actuators for Robotic Systems

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W81XWH-13-C-0132
Agency Tracking Number: A123-112-0243
Amount: $99,980.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2013
Solicitation Year: 2012
Solicitation Topic Code: A123-112
Solicitation Number: 2012.3
Small Business Information
KCF Technologies, Inc
336 South Fraser Street, State College, PA, -
DUNS: 005051219
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Michael Grissom
 Senior Technical Project Manager
 (814) 867-4097
 mgrissom@kcftech.com
Business Contact
 Jeremy Frank
Title: President
Phone: (814) 867-4097
Email: jfrank@kcftech.com
Research Institution
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Abstract
KCF in partnership with Penn State will evaluate and demonstrate a new generation of intrinsically safe robotic actuators built up from micro-actuator module units. The technical approach is based on state-of-the art prosthetic development where the human-mechanism interface is the primary focus. Two competing force delivery technologies will be prototyped and evaluated in the Phase I project, electroactive polymer actuation units and magneto-rheological fluid micro-hydraulic valves with flexible matrix composite actuation units.

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