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Magnetic-Superconductor Cryogenic Non-contact Harmonic Drive

Magnetic-Superconductor Cryogenic Non-contact Harmonic Drive

Objective

"The objective of this project is to design and build a harmonic drive able to work under cryogenic conditions, with an extremely low friction, long life time and no wear.This harmonic drive will achieve a great reduction ratio, being able to function at cryogenic temperatures and based on a non-contact interaction between magnets, soft magnetic materials and superconductors. The drive will not use any lubrication and will be free of wearing. It is based on magnetic teeth. This project includes significative technological improvements: 1. The use of superconductors as diamagnetic spacers between the teeth. 2. The use of magnetic-superconductor bearings very suitable for cryogenic conditions. 3. The use of the last generation of magnetic and superconducting materials. 4. The use of thin film techniques to make a set of microteeth and to enhance the capability for torque transmission with respect to the total volume and weight of the drive.
The consortium has 7 partners from 5 countries, inlcuding Universities, Research Centers and SMEs with a good complementarity and able to make a prototype to test the technology, to validate a Technology Readiness Level TRL5 and to exploit the results.
The main goal will be to build a prototype and test a technology that fulfils the critical technology need as it is expressed by the ""EC-ESA-EDA LIST OF URGENT ACTIONS FOR 2009, Join Task Force Final Report"""
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Coordinator

UNIVERSIDAD CARLOS III DE MADRID

Address

Calle Madrid 126
28903 Getafe (Madrid)

Spain

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 768 976,50

Administrative Contact

Regina García Beato (Ms.)

Participants (6)

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UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI CASSINO E DEL LAZIO MERIDIONALE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 270 400

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 255 258

CAN SUPERCONDUCTORS SRO

Czechia

EU Contribution

€ 95 980

HORNIG WOLFGANG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 240 808

LIDAX INGENIERIA S.L.

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 135 520

FUNDACAO DA FACULDADE DE CIENCIAS DA UNIVERSIDADE DE LISBOA FP

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 195 022,50

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 263014

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 February 2011

  • End date

    31 January 2014

Funded under:

FP7-SPACE

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 480 881

  • EU contribution

    € 1 961 965

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSIDAD CARLOS III DE MADRID

Spain

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