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HEAT EXCHANGER FOR SENSOR SYSTEM CRYOCOOLERS

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
9575
Program Year/Program:
1990 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
9575
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Creare
P.O. Box 71 Hanover, NH 03755-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 1990
Title: HEAT EXCHANGER FOR SENSOR SYSTEM CRYOCOOLERS
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $167,266.00
 

Abstract:

THE OVERALL CYCLE EFFICIENCY (HENCE, INPUT POWER REQUIREMENTS) OF REVERSE-BRAYTON CRYOCOOLERS FOR SPACE APPLICATIONS IS HIGHLY SENSITIVE TO THE THERMAL EFFECTIVENESS OF THE HEAT EXCHANGERS. APPLICATIONS FOR THESE CRYOCOOLERS IN SPACE DICTATE THAT THESE HEAT EXCHANGERS BE AS SMALL AND LIGHT AS POSSIBLE. TO DATE, ONLY HEAT EXCHANGERS EMPLOYING ORGANIC MATERIALS HAVE BEEN ABLE TO ACHIEVE THE HIGH THERMAL EFFECTIVENESS VALUES REQUIRED FOR THESE SYSTEMS WITHIN THE DESIRED SIZE AND WEIGHT LIMITATIONS. HOWEVER, HEAT EXCHANGERS WITH ORGANIC MATERIALS DEGRADE CYCLE PERFORMANCE BY LEAKAGE AND SYSTEM CONTAMINATION THUS LIMITING THE LIFE OF THE SYSTEM. THEREFORE, A COMPACT, ALL-METAL EXCHANGER WITH HIGH THERMAL EFFECTIVENESS IS HIGHLY DESIRABLE. THIS PROPOSAL DESCRIBES A PROGRAM TO DEVELOP AN ULTRA-LIGHT, HIGH PERFORMANCE HEAT EXCHANGER FOR SPACE-BORNE CRYOCOOLERS. THE PROPOSED HEAT EXCHANGER WOULD HAVE ALL-METAL CONSTRUCTION TO AVOID CONTAMINATION OF THE WORKING GAS AND WOULD BE CAPABLE OF ACHIEVING EFFECTIVENESS BETTER THAN 0.99 WITH A SPECIFIC MASS OF LESS THAN 0.1 KG/(W/K). THIS REPRESENTS A FACTOR OF TWO REDUCTION IN THERMAL LOSSES OVER THE BEST ALL-METAL HEAT EXCHANGER BUILT TO DATE AND TWO ORDERS OF MAGNITUDE REDUCTION IN SPECIFIC MASS. IN PHASE I WE WILL DEMONSTRATE THE FEASIBILITY OF FABRICATING THE PROPOSED HEAT EXCHANGER AND DESIGN A PROTOTYPE HEAT EXCHANGER TO BE BUILT AND TESTED IN PHASE II.

Principal Investigator:

Dr Javier A Valenzuela
6036433800

Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Creare Inc.
Po Box 71 Hanover, NH 03755

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