Engineered Multifunction Surfaces for Fluid Handling

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNJ05JE75C
Agency Tracking Number: 030063
Amount: $600,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2005
Solitcitation Year: 2003
Solitcitation Topic Code: T5.01
Solitcitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Orbital Technologies Corporation
Space Center, 1212 Fourier Drive, Madison, WI, 53717-1961
Duns: 196894869
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Chris Thomas
 Principal Investigator
 () -
 thomasc@orbitec.com
Business Contact
 Thomas Crabb
Title: Business Official
Phone: (608) 827-5000
Email: johnsond@orbitec.com
Research Institution
 University of Wisconsin-Madison, Research & Sponsored PRograms
 Stephanie Gray
 750 University Ave 4th Floor
Madison, WI, 53706
 (608) 262-0237
 Domestic nonprofit research organization
Abstract
ORBITEC will investigate new nanocoating and other engineered surfaces and apply them to passive control of humidity within confined spaces while minimizing power, size and mass requirements. The innovations include: (1) the ability to scale the devices for early Exploration applications including existing environmental control systems, space suits, CEVs, Rovers, Small/Transit/Large Habitats, (2) the use of multiple nanocoatings and capillary channels, and (3) unique Cold Plasma Processes. The primary goals are to further develop capillary channels, hydrophilic and biocidal nanocoatings, and Cold Plasma Nanocoating Process Technology into a new, advanced Condensing Heat Exchanger with no moving parts or particulate coatings. Anticipated results include: (1) requirements and applications for the Exploration Mission, (2) testing of additional substrate materials for plasma deposition of hydrophilic and biocidal nanocoatings applicable to the many controlled environments required for the Exploration Mission, (3) evaluation and testing of new and existing methods for creating capillary channels in various substrate materials, (4) long duration testing and evaluation of nanocoatings on various substrates, (5) design and test of modular, scaleable condensing heat exchangers, and (6) development of a high fidelity Distributed Humidity Control System (DHCS) prototype.

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