Experimental Validation of a 50-kW Thermal Management System for High Power Density Systems

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$99,998.00
Award Year:
2007
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA8650-07-M-2719
Agency Tracking Number:
O063-EP8-1287
Solicitation Year:
2006
Solicitation Topic Code:
OSD06-EP8
Solicitation Number:
2006.3
Small Business Information
MAINSTREAM ENGINEERING CORP.
200 Yellow Place, Pines Industrial Center, Rockledge, FL, 32955
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
175302579
Principal Investigator:
Gregory Cole
PI/Sr. Mechanical Engineer
(321) 631-3550
gsc@mainstream-engr.com
Business Contact:
Michael Rizzo
Controller
(321) 631-3550
mar@mainstream-engr.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
OSD is currently seeking compact and lightweight thermal management systems (TMS) for airborne and ground-based high-power electronics (HPE), high-energy laser (HEL), and directed energy weapons (DEW) systems that are capable of dissipating extremely high heat fluxes at temperatures potentially below the heat rejection temperature. Therefore, Mainstream proposes demonstrating a vapor-compression-cycle TMS that is capable of dissipating 500 W/cm2 at 30°C and 200 W/cm2 at 100°C. Mainstream has already demonstrated complete closed-loop TMSs capable of dissipating these heat fluxes using our patented thermal control and compressor technologies. The proposed full-scale design occupies only 18% of the allowable volume specified in the solicitation. In Phase I, Mainstream will perform a small-scale demonstration and use the results to complete a detailed design of the full-scale system. The small-scale demonstration will use representative heat fluxes and therefore validate the size, weight, and efficiency prior to Phase II funding decisions. In Phase II, Mainstream will demonstrate a full-scale TMS that will be transitioned to the prime contractors in Phase III for government use.

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