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Center Independent Research & Development: GSFC IRAD

Novel Cryogenic Actuator Development

Completed Technology Project

Project Introduction

 

The goal of this IRAD is to design, manufacture, and test actuator drive components coated with new novel materials that have exceptionally strong hardness and low coefficient of friction properties for potential use in devices from room to cryogenic temperatures.

 

New thin film low friction coating technologies have recently been developed and matured to the point for use in this IRAD actuator work.

The new novel materials have exceptionally strong hardness and low coefficient of friction properties. The coatings have been applied to the actuator drive components.

The next step in this project is the analysis of the performance and life tested for potential future space flight application, which is underway.

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