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Development of Fast Response SME TiNi Foam Torque Tubes

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Development of Fast Response SME TiNi Foam Torque Tubes
In Phase I, Shape Change Technologies had developed a process to manufacture net shape TiNi foam torque tubes that demonstrated the shape memory effect. The torque tubes dramatically reduce the response time by a factor of 10 and with integrated hexagonal ends, make structural connections fascile. In Phase II we see to mature this actuator technology by rigorously characterizing the process to optimize the quality of the TiNi and develop a set of metrics to provide ISO 9002 quality assurance. With the rapid response time, a Labview based real time control of the torsional actuators will be developed. With team partner Boeing, we will develop these actuators for aerospace applications and Boeing will independently characterize the actuators. More »

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