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SME Specific MeasuresCompetitive and Sustainable Growth

Exploratory Award

Proposal number EXAW-1999-01540

AcronymHATS

Proposal titleHYBRID ACTUATOR TESTING SYSTEM

AbstractAll transportation systems , including aircraft, suffer from fatigue failures. To ensure that

components and systems reach their target life times durability  testing is carried out. The

generation of very high forcing levels required, at both low and high frequencies currently

requires complex and expensive equipment. The choices open to a company needing to

test is between; electromagnetic shakers and servo hydraulic actuators. In both cases the

costs involved are high and more importantly the performances are always compromised.

The impact on the environment through the use of these systems is typically high as they

invariably use large electronic amplifiers or hydraulic plant that consumes 100's of kW of

power. The HATS system will use the SMART material TERFENOL-D to produce a

composite actuator . The actuator will comprise a low frequency hydraulic ram and high

frequency Magnetstrictive force actuator aligned in series.

Key ActionGROW-1.   Key action: Innovative products, processes and organisation

Start date20/12/2000End date20/12/2001

Intended Step 2 projectCombined R&D and DemonstrationDuration Exploratory Phase6 months

SME CoordinatorMr. ALAN BENNETTSCompany sizeS2

BAY SYSTEMS LTD.

CRYSNAL HOUSE, MAIN ROAD, WESTHAY

BA6 9TN - GLASTONBURY, SOMERSET,

United Kingdom

Phone: 441458860393

Fax: 441458860693

Email: ALANBENNETTS@COMPUSERVE.COM

SME Proposer(s)

TESIS-SOFTWAREBelgiumS1

Last update18/6/2001

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