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Heat Flux-Based Calorimeter for Active Thermal Coatings

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
67625
Program Year/Program:
2005 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
F041-147-0096
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
ATEC, Inc.
7100 Baltimore Avenue, Suite 204 College Park, MD -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2005
Title: Heat Flux-Based Calorimeter for Active Thermal Coatings
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA8650-05-C-5045
Award Amount: $749,953.00
 

Abstract:

We propose to develop a space-ready instrument that can accurately measure the emissivities, absorptivities, and long term stabilities of several passive and active coatings or thermal structures simultaneously. This technique provides a direct measure of the heat flowing through the surface using heat flux sensors, so the performances of the thermal control materials mounted on these sensors are obtained directly. This technique makes the thermal properties and temperature history of the substrate on which the test surface is installed irrelevant to the emissivity/absorptivity measurement, eliminating the need for thermal insulation of the test surface from the rest of structure. This advantage enables our technique to test multiple samples on the same device or the monitoring for spatial variations across a single thermal device. The small size of the sensors will allow the necessary spatial resolution to resolve the performance variation across the active coatings or thermal structures. Our prototype will include the necessary electronics to perform tests and collect data while deployed in orbit. The required tests will be performed to insure the delivery of a space-certified system.

Principal Investigator:

John Lawler
President
3014031744
j.lawler@atec-ahx.com

Business Contact:

John Lawler
President
3014031744
j.lawler@atec-ahx.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

ATEC, INC.
387 Technology Drive College Park, MD 20742

EIN/Tax ID: 521926739
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No