Reconfigurable Thermal Networks (RTN)

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Amount:
$98,962.00
Award Year:
2009
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W31P4Q-09-C-0123
Award Id:
91702
Agency Tracking Number:
08SB2-0226
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
650 5th Street, Suite 505, San Francisco, CA, 94107
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
119301831
Principal Investigator:
Mark Carlson
Senior Project Engineer
(415) 971-2027
m.carlson@saphotonics.com
Business Contact:
Michael Browne
VP of Product Development
(408) 348-4426
m.browne@saphotonics.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
Due to the high cost and long lead time of space based thermal management systems, there is an increased need for a space qualified thermal network system which can maintain critical components within an acceptable range during operation and be flexible in design to adapt to a wide range of component sizes as well as varying thermal loading conditions. SA Photonics proposes their ThermoWeb System, which is modular, has the ability to monitor and control component temperatures and utilizes both standard and high thermal conductivity materials minimizing thermal resistance from source to sink. Because our ThermoWeb design is modular, it is highly configurable for various electronic systems. Within our ThermoWeb design is the thermal control valve which incorporates the advantages of Nanoparticles for thermal control. Our Nanoparticle Thermal Valve (NTV) is configured to maintain temperatures between components, or between components and heat sinks by increasing or decreasing the thermal conductivity within the NTV. This innovative thermal control design coupled with more traditional temperature monitoring and control electronics, provides a unique and stable system that allows accurate and autonomous thermal control of space based electronics.

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