Mercury Systems has been granted a patent for a fractal vibrorotational fluid flow actuator. The device comprises primary and secondary components that rotate in response to vibration, inducing fluid flow. The innovative design allows for efficient fluid movement in various applications. GlobalData’s report on Mercury Systems gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s company profile on Mercury Systems, Flexible electronic circuits was a key innovation area identified from patents. Mercury Systems's grant share as of February 2024 was 53%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Vibrorotational fluid flow actuator with fractal design

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Mercury Systems Inc

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11914435B2) discloses a fractal vibrorotational fluid flow actuator designed to induce fluid flow in a surrounding medium. The actuator comprises a primary vibrational fluid flow actuator with central body portion, blades, and tines that rotate in response to surface vibration, inducing fluid flow. Secondary vibrational fluid flow actuators are positioned on the primary blades, each with central body portion, blades, and tines that rotate when in contact with the primary blade's surface, further enhancing fluid flow. The design allows for multiple levels of fluid flow actuators, with tertiary vibrational fluid flow actuators on secondary blades, each inducing fluid flow in the surrounding medium.

The patent also includes details on the positioning of tines on the primary and secondary vibrational fluid flow actuators, as well as the use of bands around the outer edges of the blades to enhance fluid flow induction. The design allows for a continuous band or segmented bands attached to the primary blades, with tines positioned on the band's outer surface. Additionally, the secondary vibrational fluid flow actuators feature tines on their outer periphery, facilitating contact with the surrounding wall for enhanced rotation and fluid flow induction. The inclusion of tertiary vibrational fluid flow actuators on secondary blades further expands the fractal design, with tines positioned on bands around the tertiary blades for efficient fluid flow generation.

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