NASA SBIR 2008 Solicitation

FORM B - PROPOSAL SUMMARY


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 08-2 X7.02-8558
PHASE 1 CONTRACT NUMBER: NNX09CE60P
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Cryogenic Fluid Transfer and Handling
PROPOSAL TITLE: Cryogenic Fluid Transfer Components Using Single Crystal Piezoelectric Actuators

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
TRS Ceramics, Inc.
2820 East College Avenue
State College, PA 16801 - 7548
(814) 238-7485

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Xiaoning Jiang
xiaoning@trstechnologies.com
2820 East College Avenue
State College, PA 16801 - 7548
(814) 814-7485

Expected Technology Readiness Level (TRL) upon completion of contract: 5

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
Cryogenic fluid transfer components using single crystal piezoelectric actuators are proposed to enable low thermal mass, minimal heat leak, low power consumption and fast response for cryogenic fluid transfer and handling systems to support NASA Lunar Lander, Ground Operations, Ares, and Lunar Surface Systems programs. Single crystal piezoelectrics are attractive because they exhibit 3 to 5 times the strain as conventional piezoelectric ceramics, have very low strain hysteresis, and retain excellent piezoelectric performance at cryogenic temperatures. Single crystal piezoelectric actuators including flextensional actuators and piezomotors were developed in Phase I and incorporated into cryogenic valves. The prototyped piezoelectric cryogenic valves were tested showing excellent flow control performance at temperature ranged from room temperature to liquid nitrogen temperature and pressure ranged from 50 psi to 3000 psi. In Phase II PMN-PT single crystal flextensional actuators and piezomotors design, fabrication and integration into cryogenic valves will be optimized, reliability of these piezoelectric cryogenic valves and actuators will be investigated. These advanced cryogenic actuators also hold promise for shape, motion and force controls in NASA, DOD and industrial applications.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
PMN-PT single crystal piezoelectric fluid components can be used for cryogenic fluid transfer and handling systems to support NASA Lunar Lander, Ground Operations, Ares, and Lunar Surface Systems programs. Piezoelectric actuators can also be used for NASA high precision deformable mirrors in coronagraphic instruments, interferometric telescopes, and space-based observatories. ORIGINS missions SUVO, SAFIR, and Planet Imager, Earth Science applications, such as LIDAR systems as well as Coastal Ocean Imaging systems will all benefit from this technology.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Adaptive optics for high energy laser, active vibration control and structure morphing, RF communication tuning, bio-medical manipulators, cryogenic microscopy, photonic tooling, micro/nanofabrication and nanoassembly, etc.

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TECHNOLOGY TAXONOMY MAPPING
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Fluid Storage and Handling
Instrumentation
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Propellant Storage
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