Passive thermal Management for High-Temperature Aircraft Actuation Systems

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-05-M-2548
Agency Tracking Number: F051-184-2197
Amount: $99,733.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: AF05-184
Solicitation Number: 2005.1
Small Business Information
3267 Progress Drive, Orlando, FL, 32826
DUNS: 608777798
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Daniel Rini
 (407) 384-7840
Business Contact
 Daniel Rini
Title: President
Phone: (407) 384-7840
Research Institution
The proposed program will develop an integrated passive thermal management (TM) system to support the "power-by-wire" technology originated with the Air Force Research Laboratory. The TM system can operate in a wide range of environmental temperature (from -55 to 200 C) and under a variable gravity situation (up to 9g). A cold plate impregnated with a phase change material (PCM) in channels will absorb heat during periods of peak power and high-g. A porous heat pipe (PHP) will be developed to spread heat from a heat flux of 3 W/cm^2 at the cold plate to less than 1 W/cm^2 at the aircraft skin. Microcapsulated PCM particles can function as a wick as well as provide additional thermal energy storage capability. The feasibility and effectiveness of the proposed concept will be demonstrated by measuring the apparent thermal conductivity and heat flux limit of the porous heat pipe over a wide range of temperature. A complete thermal management system for an electronic unit of the aircraft actuation system will then be designed in the Phase I effort.

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