16HS1: Hybrid MEMS Proportional Fluid Control Valve

Project Leader: Tom Chase, Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Institution: University of Minnesota

This project is intended to fully exploit the potentially revolutionary technology of constructing flow control valves using piezoelectric actuators. This technology may enable decreasing the power required to drive valves by three orders of magnitude, in addition to yielding the fastest valves available. While the valves will be generic proportional valves, their extremely low electrical power consumption make them especially attractive for human-scale, battery-powered, portable, and mobile applications.

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