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A Flight-like Integrated Circulator for Broad Area Cooling

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2011 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
104988
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
X10.01
Solicitation Number:
Small Business Information
Atlas Scientific
1367 Camino Robles Way San Jose, CA 95120-4925
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2011
Title: A Flight-like Integrated Circulator for Broad Area Cooling
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNX11CG01P
Award Amount: $99,983.00
 

Abstract:

Future instruments and platforms for NASA space applications will require increasingly sophisticated thermal control technology, and cryogenic applications will become increasingly more common. For example, the Single Aperture Far-IR (SAFIR) telescope and other cryogenic telescope missions must provide distributed cooling and multiple heat lift. Also, the management of cryogenic propellants requires distributed cooling through integrated heat exchangers for zero boil-off, densification and cooling of structural members. To address these requirements, we propose to develop a lightweight, continuous-flow cooling loop that can provide cooling and temperature control to multiple, distributed and broad area loads. This approach allows relatively simple mechanical and electrical integration and maintains high refrigeration system efficiency. The basis of the loop is a set of cold check valves that converts the oscillating pressure, which characterizes the operation of regenerative cryocoolers, into a quasi-steady pressure difference that can be used to drive a continuous flow of cold gas over distances of several meters. This Integrated Circulator (IC) has the potential secondary benefit of rapid and therefore precise load temperature regulation of multiple sensors or structures using actively controlled throttle valves to regulate the local gas flow.

Principal Investigator:

James Maddocks
Principal Investigator
6082654246
jmaddocks@atlasscientific.com

Business Contact:

Ali Kashani
Business Official
4085070906
akashani@atlasscientific.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Atlas Scientific
1367 Camino Robles Way San Jose, CA 95120-4925

EIN/Tax ID: 770281491
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No