Nanofluids for Heat Transfer Enhancement in Aircraft Systems

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-08-C-5034
Agency Tracking Number: F071-183-1591
Amount: $746,664.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: AF071-183
Solicitation Number: 2007.1
Small Business Information
300 Westdale Avenue, Westerville, OH, 43082
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Todd Tritcak
 Principal Research Scient
 (614) 797-2200
Business Contact
 Kenneth Heater
Title: COO
Phone: (614) 797-2200
Research Institution
The Air Force is seeking new cooling technologies that will provide improved heat transfer performance that results in a significantly lighter and smaller heat exchange system to support the increasing demand for heat removal in modern engineering designs used in military aircraft systems. In the current Phase I SBIR program, METSS has clearly demonstrated the feasibility of improving the efficiency of existing heat transfer fluids through the incorporation of nanoparticle dispersions. In the proposed Phase II program, METSS plans to build upon the Phase I efforts as well as extensive experience and knowledge with heat transfer fluids gained from a related Air Force radar coolant program to successfully develop stable, easily prepared, aircraft nanofluid coolants with significantly improved thermophysical properties. This new heat transfer fluid technology will become an integral component of future thermal management systems. This approach emphasizes commercial participation and the use of commercially available products to develop nanofluid formulations with improved thermal conductivity relative to conventional fluids. The enhanced heat transfer performance of these nanofluids will be clearly quantitated relative to the conventional heat transfer carrier fluid. Other key properties of the nanocoolant will also be evaluated and compared to the base heat transfer fluid.

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