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

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-08-C-2814
Agency Tracking Number: O063-EP8-1287
Amount: $1,048,540.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
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
DUNS: 175302579
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Greg Cole
 Engineer
 (321) 631-3550
 gsc@mainstream-engr.com
Business Contact
 Michael Rizzo
Title: Controller
Phone: (321) 631-3550
Email: 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 microwave (HPM), 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 simultaneously dissipating 40 kW at 500 W/cm2 and 30°C and 10 kW at 200 W/cm2 and 100°C. At the completion of the Phase I contract, Mainstream will have experimentally demonstrated a sub-scale TMS and used the results to confidently design a full-scale system. In Phase II, Mainstream will construct and experimentally demonstrate the full-scale 50-kW TMS. In addition, Mainstream will perform an evaluation of cold-plate fabrication techniques, an optimization study on the cold plates, and will fabricate and test optimized/second generation cold plates with the full-scale system. In Phase III, the TMS will be transitioned to DEW manufacturers and integrators for government and commercial use.

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