Nanofluids for Heat Transfer Enhancement in Aircraft Systems

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$746,664.00
Award Year:
2008
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
FA8650-08-C-5034
Agency Tracking Number:
F071-183-1591
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
METSS CORP.
300 Westdale Avenue, Westerville, OH, 43082
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Todd Tritcak
Principal Research Scient
(614) 797-2200
ttritcak@metss.com
Business Contact:
Kenneth Heater
COO
(614) 797-2200
kheater@metss.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
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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