Electroactive Polymer Actuators for Unmanned Undersea and Surface Vehicles
Navy SBIR FY2018.1


Sol No.: Navy SBIR FY2018.1
Topic No.: N181-032
Topic Title: Electroactive Polymer Actuators for Unmanned Undersea and Surface Vehicles
Proposal No.: N181-032-1174
Firm: TRITON SYSTEMS, INC.
200 TURNPIKE ROAD
CHELMSFORD, Massachusetts 1824
Contact: Tyson Lawrence
Phone: (978) 856-4158
Web Site: http://www.tritonsys.com
Abstract: Actuators, especially fin actuators, have long been a source of reliability problems in ocean-going vehicles. Compared with air vehicles, where much of the servo market focuses their products, control surfaces in the water see much higher loadings due the harsh environment of the oceanÉ?Ts surface. Triton Systems proposes a single-piece actuator based on Electro Active Polymer technology for unmanned underwater vehicle and unmanned surface vehicle applications. During Phase I, the team will develop a concept for an EAP-based actuator and determine the technical feasibility of this concept through analysis and demonstration.
Benefits: The actuator design will target immediate Navy applications in unmanned vehicles, however the design will be broadly applicable in ocean robotics. Vectored thrust for ROVs and fins for small UUVs are large potential markets.

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