A reed valve compressor technology for future science spacecraft application, is being developed by CEDRAT TECHNOLOGIES (CTEC), based on the very compact and high-power MICA300CM actuator (Moving Iron Controllable Actuator). The present publication details the compressor breadboard design and test results, manufactured in the frame of an ESA Technological Research Program (TRP), for the testing of a Zero Boil Off Hydrogen storage demonstrator. The test results presented have been realized at compressor level with Helium gas at CTEC facilities, and the full 20K Hydrogen storage demonstrator is soon to be tested.
Modular Stepping Piezoelectric Actuators (MSPA) are inertial motors working under the stick-slip principle . The advantages of rotary MSPA are unlimited stroke, torque at rest, high resolution, nonmagnetic and vacuum compatibility. This paper presents the new MSPA developments regarding rotary motion at Cedrat Technologies for macro and micro sizes MSPA. These progresses follow the previous technical investigations around noise reduction, miniaturization at low voltage and the integration of MSPA modules . In this paper two rotary piezo motors are presented: The first one is a macro size MSPA based on APA40SM. It is developed to work under nuclear environment: operational temperature up to 70 degrees, vacuum, 5 Tesla magnetic field and high radiation fields (3,5 kGy/hour gamma radiation power and 500 Mn/(cm².second) neutron radiation power). The second is a micro size MSPA based on APA30uXS. This motor is used for embedded application such as nonmagnetic shutter.
High Power Synthetic Jet Actuator (SJA) based on compact piezoelectric actuators, have been developed and tested by CEDRAT TECHNOLOGIES (CTEC) and ONERA, under French National funding RAPID from DGA. This publication presents the modelling approach with early breadboarding results, the final design chosen for integration onto an aircraft airfoil mock-up, the performance test results on the SJA device prior integration, and the final aerodynamic performance test demonstration achieved at ONERA wind tunnel test facility.
In many in-situ instruments information about the mass of the sample could aid in the interpretation of the data and portioning instruments might require an accurate sizing of the sample mass before dispensing the sample. In addition, on potential sample return missions a method to directly assess the captured sample size would be required to determine if the sampler could return or needs to continue attempting to acquire sample.
The purpose of this paper is to present the development of a novel tip-tilt mechanism, with integrated optics, designed for the JPL Deep Space Optical Communication (DSOC) module of the upcoming Psyche mission (2022 launch). This paper presents the design, assembly and tests of the produced models. Regarding the design phase, an emphasis was put on the mirror calculations to ensure that the required flatness would be maintained after integration, and that the part would withstand the thermal/mechanical environment. The actual optical measurements performed after assembly are also presented. The qualification results for a new alpha-case removal process for titanium parts are presented. Tests results are especially interesting regarding the temperature behavior of the mechanism, impact on the stroke, and strain gage sensor feedback.
This paper presents a piezoelectric motor which provides linear motion and very high resolution (40 nm steps). First, the space application (IASI-NG instrument onboard METOP-SG satellite) and associated performance requirements are presented. The internal architecture of the motor and its main components are then explained. A first focus is done on the experimental verification of the threaded interface lifetime which is a key element of the mechanism. A second focus is on the nanometric position test bench. Achieved results are provided for resolution, motion quality and position stability. Finally, results from the vibration test campaign are presented
This paper presents an overview of the preliminary design process and findings aimed at morphing of trailing edge (TE) control surfaces for rotorcraft. A design methodology for a camber morphing control surface is presented, although twist can also be induced by applying differential camber of the morphing section span. The concept investigated relies on utilizing conventional aircraft structures and materials for morphing purposes; thus, in essence, has the potential to fulfil the conflicting requirements of lightweight, flexibility and strength at the same time. Based on this concept, the preliminary design work shows that an active trailing edge camber morphing mechanism can be designed after careful considerations of design and actuation requirements. The numerical results presented also indicate that such a morphing scheme increases the 2D aerodynamic efficiency.