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Ultra-Lightweight Magnesium Heat Pipes for Spacecraft Thermal Management

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
51639
Program Year/Program:
2001 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
NASA1462
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: 2001
Title: Ultra-Lightweight Magnesium Heat Pipes for Spacecraft Thermal Management
Agency: NASA
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $69,995.00
 

Abstract:

Magnesium heat pipes are proposed for development to replace aluminum heat pipes as the standard for spacecraft heat rejection at near ambient temperatures. Recent developments have demonstrated the potential for special magnesium alloys to be compatible with the same working fluids as aluminum, but offer a 35% reduction in mass for similar applications. A magnesium heat pipe could potentially be extruded, bent, welded, and machined by conventional methods. Phase I work will establish working fluid compatibility and demonstrate the capability to fabricate magnesium heat pipes in representative geometry. Heat pipes will be built and tested using a minimum of two representative working fluids. Phase II work will further develop these concepts into axially grooved extruded heat pipes and loop heat pipes for deployable radiators, and a space flight demonstration for Phase II prototypes is proposed.

Principal Investigator:

John H. Rosenfeld
Senior Development Engineer
7175696551
rosenfeld@thermacore.com

Business Contact:

Jerome E. Toth
VP Engineering & Technology
7175696551
rhoover@thermacore.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Thermacore, Inc.
780 Eden Road Lancaster, PA 17604

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