Compact, High Torque, Hinge Actuator for Next-Generation Thin-Wing Aircraft Flight Control

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-13-M-2389
Agency Tracking Number: F131-168-1975
Amount: $150,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2013
Solicitation Year: 2013
Solicitation Topic Code: AF131-168
Solicitation Number: 2013.1
Small Business Information
4008 Doe Creek Drive, Floyds Knobs, IN, -
DUNS: 098234912
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Patrick Kelecy
 (812) 923-6802
Business Contact
 Patrick Kelecy
Title: CEO&Manager
Phone: (812) 923-6802
Research Institution
ABSTRACT: The Air Force is seeking a compact, high torque, rotary EMA technology capable of controlling flight control surfaces directly at the hinge line in the next generation of thin-wing aircraft. Proposed for this application is an advanced EMA technology based on an axial flux, permanent-magnet machine structure. The unique shape of this device enables efficient integration into the wing structure and represents a promising solution for this application. BENEFIT: If successful, this project will result in a small, high-torque, hinge-actuator technology suitable for use in thin-wing military aircraft. Other aircraft could use this system as well. Compared to current hydraulic technology, this system should simplify installation, improve efficiency, reduce maintenance, and lower operational cost. It should also find service in many other non-aviation applications, such as industrial automation and robotics.

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