A.T.A. Ltd sought to develop  an innovative air driven motor which removes the need for lubricant, and also achieves the required torque in a compact design.

 

Company Overview

ATA Air Tools (ATA) manufactures and distributes pneumatic air tools to over 50 countries in major industries such as Aerospace and Automotive.  Pneumatic tools are most commonly power by compressed air through a vane motor.  This type of motor requires lubrication which can be problematic for many applications in particular in the aerospace sector.

Innovation Voucher Objectives

  • Design review

  • Theoretical analysis

  • CAD modelling

  • Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)

  • Rapid prototyping of key components

Product Format and Structure

A more advanced understanding of the motor performance in relation to:

  • Airflow through the turbine

  • Optimised turbine design

  • Options to control the natural rotational speed

The CAD modelling and rapid prototyping provided visual aids for manufacturing research and key components for performance testing.  

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