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Heat Pipe Emitters for Thermionic Fuel Elements

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Missile Defense Agency
Award ID:
18178
Program Year/Program:
1992 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
18178
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Thermacore, Inc.
780 Eden Road Lancaster, PA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 1992
Title: Heat Pipe Emitters for Thermionic Fuel Elements
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $68,895.00
 

Abstract:

Isothermalizing a Thermionic Fuel Element (TFE) may increase efficiency from 8.78% to 10.8%. Phase I will design an isothermal heat pipe for the thin emitter wall of a long TFE. Recently demonstrated two-phase flow in sintered power metal wick structures will be used to achieve isothermal conditions in heat pipes. Hardware will be tested to demonstrate the principle. A successful design will also permit out-of-core thermionic reactors whereby a heat pipe delivers heat from the core to the thermionic unit, circumventing current problems of fuel swelling, neutron damage and life expectancy and allowing simplification of future designs.

Principal Investigator:

Kevin Horner-richardson
7175696551

Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Thermacore, Inc.
780 Eden Road Lancaster, PA 17601

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