ELECTROPNEUMATIC ACTUATOR

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 10711
Amount: $49,455.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1989
Solitcitation Year: N/A
Solitcitation Topic Code: N/A
Solitcitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Analytic Power Corp
Po Box 1189, Boston, MA, 02117
Duns: N/A
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 David P Bloomfield
 Principal Investigator
 (617) 542-6352
Business Contact
Phone: () -
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
ANALYTIC POWER PROPOSES THE DEVELOPMENT OF AN ELECTROPNEUMATIC ACTUATOR WHICH PERMITS SWIFT, SMOOTH, ELECTRONICALLY CONTROLLED MOVEMENT, EVEN UNDER HEAVY LOADS. THE APPROACH IS AN EXTENSION OF THEIR ELECTROCHEMICAL REFRIGERATION COMPRESSOR TECHNOLOGY WHICH HAS BEEN SUPPORTEDBY PRIVATE INDUSTRY AND AN AIR FORCE SBIR PROGRAM. THEIR ENGINEERING RESEARCH PROGRAM WILL DEMONSTRATE THE KEY ELEMENTS OF MEMBRANE COMPRESSOR CELL PERFORMANCE. A CLOSED CYCLE CRYOCOOLER IS BEING INVESTIGATED USING AN APPROACH THAT COMBINES ELECTROCHEMICAL COMPRESSOR AND EJECTOR TECHNOLOGIES. AN ELECTROCHEMICALLY INACTIVE CRYOGENIS BEING USED IN A UNIQUE TERNARY REFRIGERANT. LIKE OTHER ELECTROCHEMICALLY-DRIVEN REFRIGERATION SYSTEMS UNDER DEVELOPMENT, THIS SYSTEM HAS NO MOVING PARTS. THE SYSTEM ISDESIGNED TO REACH A TEMPERATURE OF 77K, BUT A SIMPLE MODIFICATION IS EXPECTED TO ALLOW COLD HEAD TEMPERATURES OF 10 TO 20K. PRELIMINARY SYSTEMS STUDIES HAVE SHOWN THAT 10 WATTS (COOLING)/100 WATTS OF INPUT POWER IS A REASONABLE EFFICIENCY GOAL AS ARE 4 WATTS (COOLING)/LB AND 0.4 WATTS (COOLING)/CUBIC INCH. IN THIS EFFORT, A SINGLE STAGE OF THECOMPRESSOR IS BEING CONSTRUCTED AND TESTED TO DEMONSTRATE THE CAPABILITY OF COMPRESSING AN ELECTROCHEMICALLY INACTIVE GAS WITH AN ELECTROCHEMICAL COMPRESSOR. CRYOGEN PURIFICATION METHODS ARE ALSO BEING EXPLORED TO PROVIDE A CRYOCOOLER WITH SUFFICIENT ENDURANCE FOR LONG TERM MISSIONS. WHEN SUCCESSFUL, THE ELECTROCHEMICAL CRYOCOOLER WOULD PROVIDE A COMPACT, EFFICIENT AND HIGHLY RELIABLE SYSTEM FOR USE IN BOTH LONG AND SHORT TERM MISSIONS. THE ELECTROCHEMICAL CRYOCOOLER WOULD BE OF GREAT IMPORTANCE TO THE ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY WHERE COMPLEMENTARY METAL OXIDE SEMICONDUCTOR (CMOS) SPEED INCREASES OF THREE TO FOUR ARE POSSIBLE.

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