Nano-Electrokinetic Actuator Array Technology for Propulsion, and Flow Control for Underwater Vehicles

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<span style="font-family: 'Arial';font-size: 18.67px;"> </span> <span style="font-family: 'Arial';font-size: 18.67px;"> </span> <p class="Normal" style="margin-bottom: 0px;"> <span style="font-family: 'Arial';font-size: 18.67px;"> <br/> </span> <span style="font-family: 'Arial';font-size: 18.67px;"> </span> <span style="font-family: 'Arial';font-weight: bold;font-size: 18.67px;"> Invention Summary: </span> <span style="font-family: 'Arial';font-weight: bold;font-size: 18.67px;"> <br/> </span> <span style="font-family: 'Arial';font-size: 18.67px;"> <br/> </span> <span style="font-family: 'Arial';font-size: 18.67px;"> 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 electro-osmosis to enable fluid pumping using electric fields. The application is extensively used in micro fluidic devices. </span> <span style="font-family: 'Arial';font-size: 18.67px;"> <br/> </span> <span style="font-family: 'Arial';font-size: 18.67px;"> <br/> </span> <span style="font-family: 'Arial';font-size: 18.67px;"> Researchers at Rutgers University have developed a new class of fluid micro/nano actuators with superior performance characteristics. Specific performance characteristics include a greater force and displacement rate as well as lower power requirements. In these systems operationally longevity comes at the cost of 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. </span> <span style="font-family: 'Arial';font-size: 18.67px;"> <br/> </span> <span style="font-family: 'Arial';font-size: 18.67px;"> <br/> </span> <span style="font-family: 'Arial';font-size: 18.67px;"> </span> <span style="font-family: 'Arial';font-weight: bold;font-size: 18.67px;"> Market Applications: </span> </p> <ul style="list-style-type:disc"> <li class="Normal" style="margin-right: 0px;margin-bottom: 0px;font-family: 'Verdana';font-style: Normal;font-weight: normal;font-size: 16px;color: #000000;" > <span style="font-family: 'Arial';font-size: 18.67px;"> Underwater Vehicles </span> </li> <ul style="list-style-type:disc"> <li class="Normal" style="margin-right: 0px;margin-bottom: 0px;font-family: 'Verdana';font-style: Normal;font-weight: normal;font-size: 16px;color: #000000;" > <span style="font-family: 'Arial';font-size: 18.67px;"> Torpedoes </span> </li> <li class="Normal" style="margin-right: 0px;margin-bottom: 0px;font-family: 'Verdana';font-style: Normal;font-weight: normal;font-size: 16px;color: #000000;" > <span style="font-family: 'Arial';font-size: 18.67px;"> AUVs </span> </li> <li class="Normal" style="margin-right: 0px;margin-bottom: 0px;font-family: 'Verdana';font-style: Normal;font-weight: normal;font-size: 16px;color: #000000;" > <span style="font-family: 'Arial';font-size: 18.67px;"> Micro-AUVs </span> </li> </ul> <li class="Normal" style="margin-right: 0px;margin-bottom: 0px;font-family: 'Verdana';font-style: Normal;font-weight: normal;font-size: 16px;color: #000000;" > <span style="font-family: 'Arial';font-size: 18.67px;"> Individually addressable thrusters </span> </li> <li class="Normal" style="margin-right: 0px;margin-bottom: 0px;font-family: 'Verdana';font-style: Normal;font-weight: normal;font-size: 16px;color: #000000;" > <span style="font-family: 'Arial';font-size: 18.67px;"> Volume source ( low E-Field) </span> </li> <li class="Normal" style="margin-right: 0px;margin-bottom: 0px;font-family: 'Verdana';font-style: Normal;font-weight: normal;font-size: 16px;color: #000000;" > <span style="font-family: 'Arial';font-size: 18.67px;"> Micro-jets (high E-Field) </span> </li> <li class="Normal" style="margin-right: 0px;margin-bottom: 0px;font-family: 'Verdana';font-style: Normal;font-weight: normal;font-size: 16px;color: #000000;" > <span style="font-family: 'Arial';font-size: 18.67px;"> Flow control and drag reduction by controlling boundary layer </span> </li> <li class="Normal" style="margin-right: 0px;margin-bottom: 0px;font-family: 'Verdana';font-style: Normal;font-weight: normal;font-size: 16px;color: #000000;" > <span style="font-family: 'Arial';font-size: 18.67px;"> Energy source </span> </li> </ul> <p class="Normal" style="margin-bottom: 0px;"> <span style="font-family: 'Arial';font-weight: bold;font-size: 18.67px;"> Advantages: </span> </p> <ul style="list-style-type:disc"> <li class="Normal" style="margin-right: 0px;margin-bottom: 0px;font-family: 'Verdana';font-style: Normal;font-weight: normal;font-size: 16px;color: #000000;" > <span style="font-family: 'Arial';font-size: 18.67px;"> Superior force and displacement rate </span> </li> <li class="Normal" style="margin-right: 0px;margin-bottom: 0px;font-family: 'Verdana';font-style: Normal;font-weight: normal;font-size: 16px;color: #000000;" > <span style="font-family: 'Arial';font-size: 18.67px;"> Better frequency response </span> </li> <li class="Normal" style="margin-right: 0px;margin-bottom: 0px;font-family: 'Verdana';font-style: Normal;font-weight: normal;font-size: 16px;color: #000000;" > <span style="font-family: 'Arial';font-size: 18.67px;"> Lower power requirement </span> </li> <li class="Normal" style="margin-right: 0px;margin-bottom: 0px;font-family: 'Verdana';font-style: Normal;font-weight: normal;font-size: 16px;color: #000000;" > <span style="font-family: 'Arial';font-size: 18.67px;"> No moving parts </span> </li> <li class="Normal" style="margin-right: 0px;margin-bottom: 0px;font-family: 'Verdana';font-style: Normal;font-weight: normal;font-size: 16px;color: #000000;" > <span style="font-family: 'Arial';font-size: 18.67px;"> Highly robust to environment </span> </li> <li class="Normal" style="margin-right: 0px;margin-bottom: 0px;font-family: 'Verdana';font-style: Normal;font-weight: normal;font-size: 16px;color: #000000;" > <span style="font-family: 'Arial';font-size: 18.67px;"> Can produce high pressure </span> </li> <li class="Normal" style="margin-right: 0px;margin-bottom: 0px;font-family: 'Verdana';font-style: Normal;font-weight: normal;font-size: 16px;color: #000000;" > <span style="font-family: 'Arial';font-size: 18.67px;"> Porous polymers and non-traditional MEMS/NEMS can be used for fabrication </span> </li> <li class="Normal" style="margin-right: 0px;margin-bottom: 0px;font-family: 'Verdana';font-style: Normal;font-weight: normal;font-size: 16px;color: #000000;" > <span style="font-family: 'Arial';font-size: 18.67px;"> Scalable from mm to m </span> </li> </ul> <p class="Normal" style="margin-bottom: 0px;"> <span style="font-family: 'Arial';font-weight: bold;font-size: 18.67px;"> Intellectual Property &amp; Development Status: </span> <span style="font-family: 'Arial';font-weight: bold;font-size: 18.67px;"> <br/> </span> <span style="font-family: 'Arial';font-size: 18.67px;"> <br/> </span> <span style="font-family: 'Arial';font-size: 18.67px;"> Patent pending </span> </p>
Original languageEnglish (US)
StatePublished - Dec 2013

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Flow control
Propulsion
Actuators
Fluidic devices
Electroosmosis
NEMS
Drag reduction
Fluids
Intellectual property
Patents and inventions
Frequency response
MEMS
Boundary layers
Electric fields
Fabrication
Sensors
Polymers

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