September 2016 — Develop Prototype for Fast Valve for Hypersonic Wind Tunnel

Safe, Inc. has been awarded a Phase I SBIR program from the United States Air Force, to develop a full-bore, quick-opening valve suitable for starting high-speed (supersonic) Ludwieg tube wind tunnels. The valve will open completely in 50 ms or less, be able to seal against 600 psi air at 450° F, and have a lifetime of at least 50,000 cycles. The design effort will include a finite element analysis of the valve components to ensure proper design/stress management and dynamic analysis of the valve opening process to ensure that the valve opening time is adequate and that the design is structurally sound.

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