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A POROUS METAL HEAT EXCHANGER WITH A LIQUID METAL COOLANT FOR COOLING…

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
21113
Program Year/Program:
1993 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
21113
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: 1993
Title: A POROUS METAL HEAT EXCHANGER WITH A LIQUID METAL COOLANT FOR COOLING PLASM-FACING COMPONENTS
Agency: DOE
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $74,996.00
 

Abstract:

DIVERTOR PLATES USED IN TOKAMAK FUSION DEVICES CAN BE SUBJECTED TO HEAT FLUXES OF UP TO 1 TO 5 KW/CM(2). EFFICIENT COOLING OF THESE AND OTHER PLASMA-FACING SURFACES IS NECESSARY FOR RELIABLE TOKAMAK OPERATION. THE CAPABILITY FOR POROUS METAL HEAT TRANSFER TO HANDLE HEAT FLUX AS HIGH AS 6 TO 8 KW/CM(2) HAS RECENTLY BEEN DEMONSTRATED. THESE TESTS WERE CONDUCTED USING WATER COOLANT IN A COPPER HEAT EXCHANGER. IT IS PLANNED TO EXTEND THIS TECHNOLOGY TO LIQUID METAL COOLANTS IN A HIGH-TEMPERATURE POROUS METAL HEAT EXCHANGER TO PROVIDE EFFICIENT COOLING AT HIGH TEMPERATURES AND HEAT FLUXES WITHOUT WATER COOLANT. IN PHASE I, A POROUS METAL COOLED DIVERTOR DESIGN WILL BE COMPLETED, AND A TECHNOLOGY DEMONSTRATION TEST WILL BE COMPLETED, AND A TECHNOLOGY DEMONSTRATION TEST WILL BE COMPLETED. FOR THE PHASE I TEST, NAK IS PROPOSED AS THE LIQUID METAL COOLANT BECAUSE OF EASE OF HANDLING; ALTERNATIVE COOLANTS WILL BE EVALUATED FOR USE IN PHASE II. IN PHASE II, A REPRESENTATIVE POROUS METAL COOLED DIVERTOR PLATE PROTOTYPE WILL BE DESIGNED, BUILT, AND TESTED.

Principal Investigator:

Dr John H Rosenfeld
7175696551

Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Thermacore Inc.
780 Eden Rd Lancaster, PA 17601

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