New ESA/GSTP SMA coupling development contract secured
ESA - ESTEC, Noordwijk NL, July1, 2019
After ARTES5.1 program initiated in 2016 which allowed to develop various concepts of Shape Memory Alloy pipe couplings, a new GSTP contract has been signed today between ESA, ChP Consult SPRL (with Flexmet BVBA as key partner) with a two year duration.
Main objectives of the project are couplings for different pipe diameters and materials.
Currently, the technology development status is such, that for a specific customer demand (specific pipe material/diameter), prototypes can be elaborated in typically two months.