STTR Phase I: Compressible Magnetorheological Fluids

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: 0930398
Agency Tracking Number: 0930398
Amount: $150,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: MM
Solicitation Number: NSF 08-608
Small Business Information
6490 S. McCarran Blvd, Suite 34, Reno, NV, 89509
DUNS: 076514343
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Barkan Kavlicoglu
 (775) 826-8868
Business Contact
 Barkan Kavlicoglu
Title: DPhil
Phone: (775) 826-8868
Research Institution
 University of Nevada, Reno
 Tammie Bain
 1664 North Virginia St.
Reno, NV, 89557 5702
 (775) 784-4223
 Nonprofit college or university
This award is funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Public Law 111-5). This Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase I project seeks to develop stable and optimal compressible magneto-rheological fluids (CMRFs) and to perform device tests on such fluids to demonstrate their durability. The production of stable and durable CMRFs will be achieved by using an inexpensive chemical process. The primary goal of the project is to develop and examine a feasible fluid combining characteristics of both field controllable fluids and compressible fluids for automatically adjustable strut/damper applications. The project will develop a novel fluid by incorporating different base materials, which can produce higher compressibility while retaining a controllable damping effect. These fluids, when used in a damper (or a shock absorber) for the suspension system of land vehicles, will be able to simultaneously provide controllable damping and spring effects. The broader impact/commercial potential of successfully developing compressible fluids for the use in vehicle suspension systems, especially for medium/heavy vehicles to reduce weight, increase mobility, enhance controllability of the vehicle's motion to prevent roll over in rough terrains and during emergency maneuvers. This project will have wide applications from commercial and private sector to military, for medium/heavy commercial vehicles such as, buses, coaches, trailers, off-highway, and tracked vehicles.

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