MATERIAL WITH EXCEPTIONAL PROPERTIES FOR EXTRAVEHICULAR THERMAL MANAGEMENT

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 16202
Amount: $50,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1992
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
253 Humboldt Ct, Sunnyvale, CA, 94089
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Jean-louis Desplat
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Research Institution
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Abstract
A NEW CLASS OF MICRO-STRUCTURAL MATERIAL, K-MAX, HAS BEEN DEVELOPED WITH EXCEPTIONAL HEAT TRANSFER PROPERTIES THAT CANRELIEVE OR ACCOMMODATE MANY OF THE CONSTRAINTS OF SPACESUIT THERMAL MANAGEMENT. THE LOCAL THERMAL CONDUCTIVITY OF K-MAXCAN BE VARIED RAPIDLY FROM THAT OF A GOOD INSULATOR TO MANY TIMES GREATER THAN THAT OF A METALLIC CONDUCTOR. A COMPLIANT K-MAX BODY COVERING CAN AUTOMATICALLY MAINTAIN LOCAL BODY TEMPERATURE CONSTANT WHEN THE LOCAL HEAT FLOW ANDHEAT REJECTION TEMPERATURE VARY WIDELY. K-MAX CAN BE FORMEDINTO VIRTUALLY ANY SHAPE WITH A WIDE VARIETY OF COMPOSITIONS. A PHASE I PROJECT IS PROPOSED IN WHICH A SURVEY OF SPACESUITNEEDS WILL DEFINE SPECIFIC APPLICATIONS THAT CAN BENEFIT FROM THE USE OF K-MAX, INCLUDING BOTH PASSIVE AND ACTIVE BODY COOLING. A SPECIFIC K-MAX SPACESUIT COMPONENT WILL BE SELECTED FOR DETAILED ANALYSIS AND EVALUATION, AND FOR COMPARISON OF THE K-MAX COMPONENT WITH CONVENTIONAL COMPONENTS. A DETAILED PROGRAM PLAN WILL BE PREPARED FOR PHASE II DEVELOPMENT AND PREPROTOTYPE DEMONSTRATION. A DELIVERABLE MOCK-UP DEMONSTRATOR WILL BE PREPARED IN PHASE ITO CREDIBLY DEMONSTRATE THE NOVEL HEAT TRANSFER PROCESS TO BE EMPLOYED IN PHASE II.

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