HIGH PERFORMANCE LIGHTWEIGHT MANIPULATOR FEASIBILITY STUDY

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Amount:
$500,000.00
Award Year:
1986
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
n/a
Award Id:
2430
Agency Tracking Number:
2430
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
1218 Kinnear Road, Cincinatti, OH, 43212
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Vincent J Vohnout
(614) 422-4302
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
A MANIPULATOR DESIGN IS PROPOSED WHICH USES ADVANCED MATERIALS AND CONTROL TECHNIQUES TO ACHIEVE PERFORMANCE FAR SUPERIOR TO THAT OF CONVENTIONAL MANIPULATORS. PRELIMINARY STUDIES INDICATE THAT A MANIPULATOR CAN BE DESIGNED WITH A USEFUL LOAD CAPACITY OF 100 KILOGRAMS, A USEFUL REACH OF 2.5 METERS, AND END-EFFECTOR SPEED OF AT LEAST 5 METERS/SEC, AND A WEIGHT OF LESS THAN 500 KILOGRAMS. THE DESIGN MAKESUSE OF END-EFFECTOR FEEDBACK CONTROL OF A COMPLIANT STRUCTURE TO REDUCE WEIGHT. HYBRID HYDRAULIC/HYDROSTATIC ACTUATION PROVIDES AMPLE POWER AND SPEED WITH GOOD ENERGY EFFICIENCY. COMPOSITE MATERIALS ARE USED IN AREAS WHERE HIGH STIFFNESS IS ESSENTIAL. THE OBJECTIVE OF THEPHASE I EFFORT IS TO ESTABLISH THE FEASIBILITY OF ALL THE TECHNOLOGIESREQUIRED TO ACHIEVE THE STATED PERFORMANCE. DESIGN STUDIES WILL BE PERFORMED IN THE AREAS OF CONTROL, COMPUTER SYSTEMS, HYDRAULIC SYSTEMS, KINEMATICS, AND MECHANICAL STRUCTURES. A PRELIMINARY DESIGN FOR A HIGH PERFORMANCE MANIPULATOR WILL BE COMPLETED.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

Agency Micro-sites


SBA logo

Department of Agriculture logo

Department of Commerce logo

Department of Defense logo

Department of Education logo

Department of Energy logo

Department of Health and Human Services logo

Department of Homeland Security logo

Department of Transportation logo

Enviromental Protection Agency logo

National Aeronautics and Space Administration logo

National Science Foundation logo
US Flag An Official Website of the United States Government