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REDUCED-MASS RADIATOR USING HIGH-TEMPERATURE LOOP PIPES

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Missile Defense Agency
Award ID:
25614
Program Year/Program:
1994 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
25614
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: 1994
Title: REDUCED-MASS RADIATOR USING HIGH-TEMPERATURE LOOP PIPES
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $60,014.00
 

Abstract:

The innovation in the proposed program is the replacement of conventional heat pipes in the current design with Russian-designed and patented loop heat pipes. This significantly reduces the radiator mass, by eliminating the need for a wick in the adiabatic and condenser sections of the loop heat pipe. Loop heat pipes can also withstand a greater gravitational head during ground testing. A limitation for heat pipes on earth and in space is the heat transport capability under the influence of an opposing acceleration: gravitational acceleration on earth, and an induced acceleration resulting from spacecraft maneuvers on-orbit. In some cases, the heat pipe system must be operated on earth gravity-aided (evaporator down). The proposed program will fabricate and test a high temperature loop heat pipe, using an alkali metal or other suitable working fluid and examine the effects of loop heat pipes on overall radiator mass.

Principal Investigator:

William G. Anderson
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