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A Microfabricated Spiral-Groove Turbopump Supported on Microball Bearings

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3 Author(s)
Waits, C.M. ; Sensors & Electron Devices Directorate, U.S. Army Res. Lab., Adelphi, MD, USA ; McCarthy, M. ; Ghodssi, R.

The development of a microfabricated turbopump that is capable of delivering liquid fuel with the flow rates and pressures required for portable power generation is reported. The device is composed of a spiral-groove viscous pump driven by a radial in-flow microturbine and supported using a newly developed encapsulated microball bearing. A planar-contact bearing raceway is employed using 285-??m -diameter 440C stainless steel microballs. A modification to the raceway geometry, as compared to previous designs, has enabled repeatable operation of the microturbine at speeds up to 87 000 r/min, showing negligible variations in performance for over 6 h and 3.8 million revolutions. Pumping has been demonstrated with water as the working fluid for flow rates of 10-80 mL/h and pressures rises of up to 8.2 kPa. This is the first application to incorporate an encapsulated microball bearing support mechanism, to achieve rotational speeds in excess of 50 000 r/min using a contact bearing, and to demonstrate reliable operation of more than 1 million revolutions.

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Microelectromechanical Systems, Journal of  (Volume:19 ,  Issue: 1 )