Phase-Change Cooling for Operational (Weapons) Environment

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: F33615-03-M-2313
Agency Tracking Number: O022-0068
Amount: $98,566.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2002
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
1291 Cumberland Avenue, Suite, West Lafayette, IN, 47906
DUNS: 809830557
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Michael Meyer
 Principal Investigator
 (765) 463-6516
Business Contact
 Issam Mudawar
Title: President
Phone: (765) 463-6516
Research Institution
"The challenge in cooling Direct Energy (DE) weapons is to dissipate 500 - 1000 W/cm2 using compact, light-weight cooling hardware, low coolant flow rates and relatively low pressure drops. This is a formidable challenge considering those attributes aretypically incompatible with very-high-heat-flux dissipation. Complicating the task of heat acquisition/transmission/rejection is the need to deploy such weapons in ground, sea, and air based platforms; each offers unique heat rejection challenges andlimitations. Added to the mix of concerns are potential shock and vibration, and high ambient temperatures. Military aircraft pose additional challenges due to intermittent exposure to high-G forces. The primary objective of the proposed Phase I studywill be to lay the foundation for implementation of a new, highly robust phase-change cooling technology in DE weapons. This technology utilizes micro-flow passage control to maintain the coolant is close proximity to the heat-dissipating surface.Thermal tests will be performed on a module containing a representative cooling cell to validate the required heat dissipation. This project will also explore scale-up of the single-cell findings to a 100 kW cooling system. The proposed effort will havefar reaching impact on cooling systems for defense weapons. This study is also expected to yield new breakthrough thermal management solutions for commercial avionics, telecommunication systems, sp

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