Demonstration of Heat Transfer Enhancement Using Nanofluids

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$99,803.00
Award Year:
2007
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA8650-07-M-2792
Award Id:
82146
Agency Tracking Number:
F071-183-2416
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
200 Yellow Place, Pines Industrial Center, Rockledge, FL, 32955
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
175302579
Principal Investigator:
J.Cutbirth
PI/Sr. Mechanical Engineer
(321) 631-3550
mcutbirth@mainstream-engr.com
Business Contact:
MichaelRizzo
Controller
(321) 631-3550
mar@mainstream-engr.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
Historically, plate-fin heat exchangers with heat transfer fluids such as poly f-olefin have been used for the majority of heat removal and heat transfer within advanced military aircraft. However, with the continual increases in thermal loads due to advancements such as high-powered solid-state electronics within the next generation weapon systems, improvements to the current industry standard are required. In addition to novel heat exchanger configurations, improvements in the thermal properties of the heat transfer fluid have been proposed using solid-liquid suspensions based upon nanoparticles. Although a wealth of research data exists for the thermal conductivity improvements with the addition of nanoparticles, experimental demonstration within practical application has been lacking. To address this shortcoming, Mainstream will rely on its expertise in nanotechnology, heat transfer fluids, and thermal management systems to demonstrate the thermal transport improvement using nanofluids within an aircraft-suitable single-phase heat exchanger. The Phase I effort will characterize the thermal/physical properties of the nanofluid, demonstrate the heat transfer coefficient augmentation, and assess candidate aircraft heat exchangers for replacement of the heat transfer fluid.

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