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Stable Panels Incorporating a Network of Distortion Lowering Evaporators

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
97233
Program Year/Program:
2010 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
F093-074-0603
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF 09-074
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Technology Assessment & Transfer, Inc.
133 Defense Highway, Suite 212 Annapolis, MD -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: Stable Panels Incorporating a Network of Distortion Lowering Evaporators
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA9453-10-M-0132
Award Amount: $99,976.00
 

Abstract:

This proposal describes a novel idea to achieve a thermally stable panel (TSP) through the coupled use of: (1) a two dimensional evaporator array hybrid loop heat pipe system, which enables component or environment power transients to be spatially leveled via evaporator heat load sharing; (2) use of sheet metal forming technology, which enables a complex evaporator flow network to be formed into a thin, bondable, hermetically-sealed layers instead of using tubing for transport lines and headers; and (3) low thermal expansion composite isogrid panels, which provides a low stress/low distortion foundation for payload mounting. The Phase I project will design, fabricate and test a breadboard system consisting of a four evaporator sheet network and a condenser. The breadboard system will be analytically modeled and the results compared to experimental testing. BENEFIT: The approach is a low cost solution to achieving lightweight, low distortion panels for mounting satellite sensors. The concept may be adaptable to providing thermal stabilization of precision optical mirrors.

Principal Investigator:

Walter Zimbeck
Group Manager
4109878988
zimbo@techassess.com

Business Contact:

Sharon Fehrenbacher
CEO
4102243710
sharon@techassess.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Technology Assessment & Transfer, Inc.
133 Defense Highway, Suite 212 Annapolis, MD 21401

EIN/Tax ID: 521253097
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No