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Project Title2012-012 Nano-Electrokinetic Actuator Array Technology for Propulsion, and Flow Control for Underwater Vehicles
Track Code2012-012
Websitehttp://otc.rutgers.edu/
Short Description

Researchers at Rutgers University have developed a new class of fluid micro\nano actuators with superior performance characteristics. The specific characteristics include greater force and displacement rate as well as a lower power requirements. In these systems, operationally longevity comes at the cost in battery size or lower performance requirements. The lower power requirement for the actuation system frees up more operational life for critical components such as sensors. Additionally the lack of moving parts allows the system to be highly robust, silent, and reliable.

Abstract

Nano Electrokinetic actuators are a novel propulsion method for underwater vehicles. Of significant relevance is the ability to create faster more maneuverable underwater vehicles. These novel actuators operate on a fundamentally different principle from the traditional actuator technologies used to date. The technology takes advantage of electroosmosis to enable fluid pumping using electric fields. The application is extensively used in micro fluidic devices. Researchers at Rutgers University have developed a new class of fluid micro\nano actuators with superior performance characteristics. The specific characteristics include greater force and displacement rate as well as a lower power requirements. In these systems, operationally longevity comes at the cost in battery size or lower performance requirements. The lower power requirement for the actuation system frees up more operational life for critical components such as sensors. Additionally the lack of moving parts allows the system to be highly robust, silent, and reliable.

 
TagsAUVs, Energy source, Flow control and drag reduction by controlling boundary layer, Micro-AUVs) Individually addressable thrusters, Micro-jets (high E-Field), Underwater Vehicles (Torpedoes, Volume source ( low E-Field)
 
Posted DateJun 14, 2012 10:06 AM

Researcher

Name
Francisco Diez Garias

Manager

Name
Rick Smith

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