Kinitics Automation to Present Innovative Aerospace Actuator at SMST 2024 Conference

Kinitics Automation to Present Innovative Aerospace Actuator at SMST 2024 Conference

VANCOUVER, BC, CANADA — May 6, 2024 — Kinitics Automation, a leader in innovative shape memory alloy applications and actuation solutions, announces its participation in the SMST Conference and Exposition 2024, where it will present a paper co-authored with The Boeing Company.

The presentation, titled “Application of Shape Memory Alloys Inside a Ram Air Door Rotary Actuator,” showcases the result of a collaborative effort aimed at advancing aerospace actuation technology. Developed to address the industry’s need for lightweighting and emissions reduction, the high torque rotary actuator demonstrates the transformative potential of shape memory alloys (SMAs) in achieving significant weight savings and performance enhancements.

The SMST (Shape Memory and Superelastic Technologies) Conference and will be held from May 6 – 10, 2024 in Cascais, Portugal. This premier event is dedicated to exploring the latest developments in SMAs and superelastic technologies. As the leading worldwide conference for the SMA community, the SMST Conference provides a platform for experts to exchange insights and discoveries in the field. Attendees will delve into topics ranging from material synthesis and characterization to advanced applications of SMAs in various industries.

About the Talk:Application of Shape Memory Alloys Inside a Ram Air Door Rotary Actuator

On Tuesday, May 7th, join Dean Pick, Founder & CEO of Kinitics Automation Limited (Kinitics), as he presents a technical paper at the 2024 Shape Memory and Superelastic Technologies (SMST) Conference. The presentation, titled “Application of Shape Memory Alloys Inside a Ram Air Door Rotary Actuator” focuses on the development of a high-torque rotary actuator following a collaboration between Kinitics and Boeing.

The aerospace industry’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions have intensified, with vehicle lightweighting emerging as a key strategy. Shape memory alloy (SMA) materials, with their high work density, can yield significant weight savings over incumbent systems.

Figure 1 – Kinitics KRA01 Rotary Actuator Prototype

The KRA01 rotary actuator featured in the presentation was designed specifically to operate a ram air door on a commercial airplane and, more generally, to demonstrate the underlying technology as a viable alternative to heavy motorized and hydraulic-powered systems. Electrically powered, fully self-contained, and environmentally sealed, the actuator represents a cutting-edge solution for aerospace applications.

The presentation of the technical paper, co-authored by Boeing, promises to provide a comprehensive overview of the development process, insights into material selection, and implications for future aircraft design and performance.

About Kinitics Automation:

Kinitics Automation, headquartered in Vancouver, BC, is a pioneering company with roots in the automotive and power-generation industries. As a leader in motion control products utilizing shape memory alloy (SMA) materials, Kinitics manufactures a range of Actuators and Piston Pumps based on its proprietary Bundled Wire technology.