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Miniature cryogenic valves for a Titan lake sampling system

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dc.contributor.author Sherrit, Stewart
dc.contributor.author Zimmerman, Wayne
dc.contributor.author Takano, Nobuyuki
dc.contributor.author Avellar, Louisa
dc.date.accessioned 2016-04-13T17:31:29Z
dc.date.available 2016-04-13T17:31:29Z
dc.date.issued 2014-03-09
dc.identifier.citation SPIE Smart Structures and Non-Destructive Evaluation, San Diego, California, March 9-13, 2014 en_US
dc.identifier.clearanceno 14-0929
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2014/45485
dc.description.abstract The Cassini mission has revealed Titan to be one of the most Earthlike worlds in the Solar System complete with many of the same surface features including lakes, river channels, basins, and dunes. But unlike Earth, the materials and fluids on Titan are composed of cryogenic organic compounds with lakes of liquid methane and ethane. One of the potential mission concepts to explore Titan is to land a floating platform on one of the Titan Lakes and determine the local lake chemistry. In order to accomplish this within the expected mass volume and power budgets there is a need to pursue the development for a low power lightweight cryogenic valves which can be used along with vacuum lines to sample lake liquid and to distribute to various instruments aboard the Lander. To meet this need we have initiated the development of low power cryogenic valves and actuators based on a single crystal piezoelectric flextensional stacks produced by TRS ceramics Inc. Since the origin of such high electromechanical properties of Relaxor-PT single crystals is due to the polarization rotation effect, (i.e., intrinsic contributions), the strain per volt decrease at cryogenic temperatures is much lower than in standard Lead Zirconate Titanate (PZT) ceramics. This makes them promising candidates for cryogenic actuators with regards to the stroke for a given voltage. This paper will present our Titan Lake Sampling and Sample Handling system design and the development of small cryogenic piezoelectric valves developed to meet the system specifications. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship NASA/JPL en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Pasadena, CA : Jet Propulsion Laboratory, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 2014 en_US
dc.subject Actuators en_US
dc.subject Piezoelectric Devices en_US
dc.subject Cryogenic valves en_US
dc.subject Titan en_US
dc.subject Liquid sampling en_US
dc.title Miniature cryogenic valves for a Titan lake sampling system en_US
dc.type Preprint en_US


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