A Compact, Light-weight, Reliable and Highly Efficient Heat Pump for

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$99,955.00
Award Year:
2004
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNJ04JC44C
Award Id:
72079
Agency Tracking Number:
030168
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
3267 Progress Drive, Orlando, FL, 32826
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
608777798
Principal Investigator:
Daniel Rini
Principal Investigator
(407) 384-7840
dan@rinitech.com
Business Contact:
Daniel Rini
Business Official
(407) 384-7840
dan@rinitech.com
Research Institute:
University of Central Florida
Tom O'Neal
4000 Central Florida Blvd
Orlando, FL, 32816
(407) 823-2179
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
RTI proposes to develop an efficient, reliable, compact and lightweight heat pump for space applications. The proposed effort is expected to lead to (at the end of Phase II) a microclimate system that can remove 300 Watts of heat (in the cooling mode) requiring 92 Watts of electrical power. In the heating mode, the same system would provide up to 392 Watts of heat. The system is expected to weigh around 3.5 pounds (not including the power source) within a volume of about 1000 cc or 1 L. The design is based on a recently developed portable cooler for the Army. The performance of this system cannot be matched simply by using smaller versions of conventional designs, and is accomplished with recent advances in miniaturization and MEMS. Key technological innovations include use of a Wankel compressor with solid lubricants, system configuration for compact design, and design of condenser and evaporator for microgravity application. Phase I effort will concentrate on thermodynamic cycle, compressor, and solid lubrication. Design of the rest of the system, components and system testing and system integration would be undertaken in Phase II.

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