MAINTENANCE-AND-VIBRATION-FREE SOLID ELECTROLYTE CRYOGENIC COOLER

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 15662
Amount: $50,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Timeline
Solicitation Year: N/A
Award Year: 1991
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
1270 West 2320 South Suite F, West Valley, UT, 84119
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Curtis Griffin
 Principal Investigator
 (801) 975-7979
Business Contact
Phone: () -
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
THE COOLING REQUIRED FOR THE PROPER OPERATION OF VARIOUS SENSORS AND INSTRUMENTS IS A KEY PROBLEM IN SPACE-BASED FACILITIES. A NOVEL CONCEPT HAS BEEN DEVELOPED AT LONE PEAK ENGINEERING BASED ON THE COMPRESSION OF A GAS TO HIGH PRESSURES USING A SOLID ELECTROLYTE COMPRESSOR. RAPID EXPANSION OF THE COMPRESSED GAS (JOULE-THOMSON EFFECT) CAN BE USED TO COOL SPACECRAFT INSTRUMENTS AND EQUIPMENT. SOME OF THE ADVANTAGES OF A SEC OVER MECHANICAL COMPRESSION INCLUDE NO MOVING PARTS AND THEREFORE NO MAINTENANCE AND NO VIBRATION, IMPROVED RELIABILITY, AND CLOSED LOOP OPERATION. DURING THIS PHASE I PROJECT, A SOLID ELECTROLYTE COMPRESSOR WILL BE DESIGNED, ASSEMBLED AND TESTED USING A ZIRCONIA SOLID ELECTROLYTE. THE FEASIBILITY OF COMPRESSING OXYGEN TO HIGH PRESSURES USING THE SEC WILL BE DEMONSTRATED IN PHASE I. NITROGEN COMPRESSION WILL ALSO BE DEMONSTRATED ONCE THE CONCEPT IS PROVEN FOR OXYGEN. THE PHASE I RESULTS WILL PROVIDE PRELIMINARY DESIGN INFORMATION FOR A WORKING PROTOTYPE SEC/JOULE-THOMSON COOLING SYSETM IN PHASE II. THE ULTIMATE RESULTS OF THIS RESEARCH WILL BE THE DEVELOPMENT OF COOLING SYSTEMS BASED ON THE SOLID ELECTROLYTE COMPRESSOR COMPRESSOR FOR SPACE APPLICATIONS.

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