Miniaturized Single-Shot Valve and its Application to the ExoMars Pasteur PayloadHermetically sealing a gas tank and opening it into tubing under telecommand control is a function required in various space instruments. There are a number of space valves that are power saving, withstand vibration, and do not contaminate the gas. But none of them combines these features with low mass and the ability to withstand temperatures of 130 C during the sterilization process mandatory for planetary missions. In this paper, a novel miniature valve is presented, which is particularly adapted to space applications. It is electrically actuated, utilizing a bimetallic snap-disc that pierces a metallic membrane by a needle pin, thereby opening the valve. The design of this single-shot valve is such that it allows it to withstand a temperature of 130 C and a pressure of 50 bars. The valve is also lightweight (6.62 g) and it requires only 9 W to operate.
Muller, Pierre (Von Hoerner und Sulger Electronic G.m.b.H. Schwetzingen, Germany)
Henkel, Hartmut (Von Hoerner und Sulger Electronic G.m.b.H. Schwetzingen, Germany)
Klinkner, Sabine (Von Hoerner und Sulger Electronic G.m.b.H. Schwetzingen, Germany)
August 29, 2013
May 12, 2010
Publication: Proceedings of the 40th Aerospace Mechanisms Symposium