Integral Radiators for Next Generation Thermal Control Systems

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$588,816.00
Award Year:
2005
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
NNJ05JD49C
Agency Tracking Number:
033236
Solicitation Year:
2003
Solicitation Topic Code:
F3.01
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Paragon Space Development Corp.
2700 E. Executive Dr., Suite 100, Tucson, AZ, 85706-7151
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
Y
Duns:
83700229
Principal Investigator:
Grant Anderson
Principal Investigator
(520) 903-1000
ganderson@paragonsdc.com
Business Contact:
Taber MacCallum
CEO
(520) 903-1000
tmaccallum@paragonsdc.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Integral radiators integrate the primary structural system and the thermal rejection system into a dual function subsystem allowing for reduced weight. The design of these systems require a careful trade-off of thermal fluids, structural materials, thermal coatings and structural shape. The Paragon Crescent panels are a family of solutions that allow a highly efficient stressed skin, semi-monocoque structure to also be a radiator on the external surface of a Apollo-like Service Module as envisioned for the CEV. The resulting design optimizes the structural/thermal trade-off while allowing for practical considerations of manufacturability, ground handling, testing, and access. The baseline materials and fluids chosen address cost, safety and robust design. Some coating development is still needed to meet the handling requirements. The structural concept will need to be tested to validate modeling predictions and gain experience in structural behavior. Finally, full up radiator panels need to be manufactured and tested to validate the manufacturing methods, thermal analysis, and overall radiator/thermal fluid choices.

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