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Demonstration of Heat Transfer Enhancement Using Nanofluids

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
82146
Program Year/Program:
2008 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
F071-183-2416
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Mainstream Engineering Corporation
200 Yellow Place Pines Industrial Center Rockledge, FL -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2008
Title: Demonstration of Heat Transfer Enhancement Using Nanofluids
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA8650-08-C-2860
Award Amount: $748,373.00
 

Abstract:

Historically, plate-fin heat exchangers with heat transfer fluids such as poly f-olefin have been used for the majority of heat removal and heat transfer within advanced military aircraft. However, with the continual increases in thermal loads due to advancements such as high-powered solid-state electronics within the next generation weapon systems, improvements to the current industry standard are required. In addition to novel heat exchanger configurations, improvements in the thermal properties of the heat transfer fluid have been proposed using solid-liquid suspensions based upon nanoparticles. Although a wealth of research data exists for the thermal conductivity improvements with the addition of nanoparticles, experimental demonstration within practical application has been lacking. To address this shortcoming, Mainstream will rely on its expertise in nanotechnology, heat transfer fluids, and thermal management systems to demonstrate the thermal transport improvement using nanofluids within an aircraft-suitable single-phase heat exchanger. The Phase II effort expand upon the successful Phase I by optimizing the nanofluid composition, expanding the temperature range of the thermal/physical properties characterization of the nanofluid, and demonstrating the heat transfer coefficient augmentation within suitable aircraft heat exchangers.

Principal Investigator:

J. M. Cutbirth
PI/Sr. Mechanical Enginee
3216313550
mcutbirth@mainstream-engr.com

Business Contact:

Michael Rizzo
Controller
3216313550
mar@mainstream-engr.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

MAINSTREAM ENGINEERING CORP.
200 Yellow Place Pines Industrial Center Rockledge, FL 32955

EIN/Tax ID: 592744408
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No