SODIUM HEAT ENGINE DEVELOPMENT

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Missile Defense Agency
Amount:
$113,000.00
Award Year:
1987
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
3763
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Ceramatec Inc.
163 West 1700 South, Salt Lake City, UT, 84115
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Neill Weber
(801) 486-5071
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
THE SODIUM HEAT ENGINE (SHE) IS AN EFFICIENT DEVICE FOR THE DIRECT CONVERSION OF THERMAL ENERGY TO ELECTRICAL ENERGY. THE DEVICE HAS HIGH SPECIFIC POWER BOTH ON A VOLUME AND WEIGHT BASIS, HIGH CONVERSION EFFICIENCY WHICH IS INDEPENDENT OF SIZE, AND NO MOVING PARTS WHICH IMPLIES POTENTIALLY HIGH RELIABILITY. THESE ATTRIBUTES MAKE THE SHE AN ATTRACTIVE DEVICE FOR SDI APPLICATIONS. ALTHOUGH THE PRINCIPLES OF OPERATION FOR THE SHE ARE LARGELY UNDERSTOOD AND DEMONSTRATION UNITS HAVE BEEN CONSTRUCTED AND OPERATED, MODIFICATIONS AND IMPROVEMENTS OF CURRENT DESIGNS ARE NECESSARY FOR DEPENDABLE OPERATION IN A SPACE ENVIRONMENT. A PROGRAM IS PROPOSED TO CONSTRUCT AND EVALUATE A COST EFFECTIVE SODIUM RECIRCULATING CELL TO SERVE AS A TEST BED AND PROTOTYPE DEVICE FOR SPACE POWER APPLICATIONS.

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