Thermal Control Coatings for Satellites

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 22709
Amount: $600,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1995
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Eic Laboratory, Inc.
111 Downey Street, Norwood, MA, 02062
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Stuart F. Cogan
 (617) 769-9450
Business Contact
Phone: () -
Research Institution
The development of coatings with electrically tunable infrared emittance for controlling radiant heat transfer in the space environment is proposed. The emittance modulation is achieved using electrochromic materials whose infrared reflectance can be continuously and reversibly modulated. The coatings have a multilayer, thin film structure that allows emittance to be switched in response to a low voltage DC signal. Innovations in electrochromic materials, infrared transparent electrical contacts, and vacuum deposition processes which allow fabrication of the coatings with a large emittance modulation are proposed. The objective of the Phase I program is the fabrication and characterization of variable emittance coatings employing crystalline LixWO3 as the variable reflectance component. Emittance switching between ~0.2-0.8 in the 3-14 um wavelength range is sought for Phase I coatings. The coatings may be attached to external surfaces of spacecraft, individual instrument packages, or on radiator surfaces. They will allow a non-mechanical means of temperature control and heat distribution through radiant transfer between exterior and interior surfaces. These capabilities should greatly enhance the performance and flexibility of thermal management systems without adding significant weight or complexity.

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