I have had the good fortune to work in and around
laboratories rich with new materials and well stocked with
tools. This facilitates the design and development of novel mechanical, opto-mechanical
and cryomechanical devices. A dozen of these devices won NASA new
technology awards. Others are products in the catalogs of various vendors,
or are in use as facility instruments in National Laboratories.
Links to NASA New Technology Awards
The following are links to devices for which a NASA Tech Brief award was issued, and for which a NASA new technology aware was assigned to me individually as the inventor or as a contributing inventor. All are devices for cryogenic operation.
In a program of NASA- Advance Technology Development Grant sponsored research in applications of magnetostriction for which I was PI, a group of mechanical inventions were generated which grew out of two such revolutions in material science. These revolutions were the extraordinary increase in the capability of giant magnetostriction (GM) by Arthur Clark, Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC), and separately the revolutionary increase in the operating temperature of high temperature superconductivity (HTSC) solenoids, developed in smaller packages, by researchers at American Superconductor Corporation. I was one of the few mechanical designers who had the opportunity and the facilities to work with these materials and so the work was very productive.
Applications of these simple and robust devices include optics manipulation
in high performance IR cameras, valve actuation in cryosurgery, sample
manipulation in condensed matter physics, and actuation of many other
instruments operating from 77 Kelvin down to milli-Kelvin temperatures.
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