A New Generation of Actuators for Robotic Systems

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$99,980.00
Award Year:
2013
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W81XWH-13-C-0132
Agency Tracking Number:
A123-112-0243
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, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
005051219
Principal Investigator:
Michael Grissom
Senior Technical Project Manager
(814) 867-4097
mgrissom@kcftech.com
Business Contact:
Jeremy Frank
President
(814) 867-4097
jfrank@kcftech.com
Research Institution:
Stub




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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