Nanotechnology-Enabled Microthrusters:Nanoenergetic Materials and MEMS Paradigm

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Microthrusters are used in flight and underwater platforms. The MEMS-technology microthrusters with nanostructured energetic composites increase thrust-to-weight ratio and ensure the overall requirements. The integrated MEMS micromachining ensures fabrication simplicity, affordability, robustness, integrability, compatibility and lead to other advantages as compared to conventional solutions. Solid-fuel microthrusters are suitable in a wide range of applications, such as payload delivery, stabilization, guidance, navigation, etc. This paper reports the application of micro- and nanotechnologies. The high-energy-density nanostructured materials are encapsulated in silicon-micromachined voids. To ensure the overall functionality, the system-level solution is achieved by integrating of synthesized nanoenergetic materials using MEMS.

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Journal: TechConnect Briefs
Volume: 2, Nanotechnology 2014: MEMS, Fluidics, Bio Systems, Medical, Computational & Photonics
Published: June 15, 2014
Pages: 29 - 32
Industry sector: Sensors, MEMS, Electronics
Topic: MEMS & NEMS Devices, Modeling & Applications
ISBN: 978-1-4822-5827-1