Novel Heat Exchangers with Enhanced Surface

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$100,000.00
Award Year:
2004
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
DE-FG02-04ER84004
Agency Tracking Number:
75454S04-I
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Mer Corporation (materials And Electrochemical Res
7960 South Kolb Road, Tucson, AZ, 85706
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Lev Tuchinskiy
Dr.
(520) 574-1980
ltuch@mercorp.com
Business Contact:
Raouf Loutfy
Dr.
(520) 574-1980
rloutfy@mercorp.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
75454-Current heat exchangers use a conventional fin-tube design, which results in a big volume and low efficiency of thermal management systems. This project will develop an innovative technology that enables compact microchannel heat exchangers with enhanced heat transfer area to be fabricated from any material (including metals, ceramics intermetallics and composites). The thermal efficiency of the microchannel heat exchangers, which combine the advantages of microchannel and foam structures in one device, will be significantly higher than that of traditional ones. In Phase I, the critical processing steps will be established, and a preliminary characterization of the produced heat exchangers will be performed. The weight and volume per unit of the thermal energy also will be established. Commercial Applications and Other Benefits as described by the awardee: Lightweight, compact, high-performance heat exchangers should find use in thermal management of vehicles, environmental restoration, global climate control, and industrial chemical processing. Other applications include man-portable heating and cooling systems, distributed space conditioning of buildings, water heating, and distributed power generation.

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