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Nanotech 2014 Vol. 2
Nanotech 2014 Vol. 2
Nanotechnology 2014: MEMS, Fluidics, Bio Systems, Medical, Computational & Photonics
Chapter 1: MEMS & NEMS Devices & Applications

Nanotechnology-Enabled Microthrusters:Nanoenergetic Materials and MEMS Paradigm

Authors:I. Puchades, M. Hobosyan, L.F. Fuller, F. Liu, S. Thakur, K.S. Martirosyan, S.E. Lyshevski
Affilation:Rochester Institute of Technology, US
Pages:29 - 32
Keywords:nanotechnology, nanoenergetics, MEMS, microsystems, microthrusters
Abstract: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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