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Passive Two-Phase Thermal Management System for Hall Thruster

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: 80NSSC22PA923
Agency Tracking Number: 221751
Amount: $149,979.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: Z10
Solicitation Number: SBIR_22_P1
Solicitation Year: 2022
Award Year: 2022
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2022-07-20
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2023-01-25
Small Business Information
1046 New Holland Avenue
Lancaster, PA 17601-5688
United States
DUNS: 126288336
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Kuan-Lin Lee
 (717) 205-0631
Business Contact
 Franklin Morales
Phone: (717) 205-0637
Research Institution

As NASA envisions to develop higher power Hall effect thrusters for large payload (or even crew member) transportation, thermal management becomes a bottleneck. In response to NASA technology roadmap ldquo;heat rejection system for in-space propulsionrdquo; (TA 2.4.4). Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. (ACT) in collaboration with the University of Michigan proposes to develop an innovative thermal management system for hall thrusters utilizing two-phase and passive cooling techniques. Multiple heat pipes constructed with advanced geometry and wick will be integrated strategically in the hall thruster to manage both plasma heating and ohmic heating from magnetic coils. Working fluid and envelope material will be selected based on thermal, electrical and magnetic properties. A proof-of-concept prototype will be fabricated and its thermal performance under the influence of magnetic and electrical fields will be experimentally characterized. A full-scale hall thruster with two-phase cooling system will be designed and its SWaP benefits will be analyzed jointly by ACT and the collaborator.

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