Ultra-Miniature Power Management for Microsystem Platforms

High density passive components (inductors, transformers, capacitors) are developed and integrated with high frequency (100-500 MHz) CMOS switching power conversion circuits. The  mm3-scale integrated converter will be capable of delivering >20 V from a battery source to enable mobile microsystems such as micro air vehicles and microrobots.

High-inductance-density air core inductors and transformers have been fabricated using a three-dimensional copper electroforming process. These devices have measured inductance densities > 100 nH/mm2  and quality factors > 20. Optimal performance is achieved in the range of 50 MHz - 500 MHz to enable next generation switching converters operating at very high frequencies.

SEM image of three-dimensional, stacked, air-core microinductor.

A Grazing Flow Impedance Facility For Engine Nacelle Acoustic Liners

Acoustic liners remain the standard for providing a method to reduce environmental noise from aircraft engine nacelles. To aid in their development, facilities are required that are capable of accurately educing the acoustic impedance in the presence of mean flow. The Grazing Impedance Tube at NASA LaRC possesses these capabilities and was donated to the University of Florida. Improvements have been made to enable optical flow diagnostics, provide an increased speed range, and reduce turbulence levels. This facility provides a testbed to improve upon current liner impedance eduction methods as well as facilitate development of novel design approaches and studies into fundamental liner flow physics.

Grazing Flow Impedance Tube Profile

Metric Value
Dimensions 2" x 2"

Maximum Mach Number

Maximum SPL

130 dB @ Ma = 0.5