ELECTROPNEUMATIC ACTUATOR

Award Information
Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$49,455.00
Award Year:
1989
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
n/a
Award Id:
10711
Agency Tracking Number:
10711
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Po Box 1189, Boston, MA, 02117
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
David P Bloomfield
Principal Investigator
(617) 542-6352
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institute:
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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