Spot Cooling Mini-Loop Heat Pipes

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00024-04-C-4189
Agency Tracking Number: N031-2303
Amount: $867,626.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2003
Solicitation Topic Code: N03-050
Solicitation Number: 2003.1
Small Business Information
133 Defense Highway, Suite 212, Annapolis, MD, 21401
DUNS: 153908801
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Walter Zimbeck
 Manager, Ceramic Microflu
 (410) 224-3710
Business Contact
 Sharon Fehrenbacher
Title: CEO
Phone: (410) 224-3710
Research Institution
Conventional forced-air cooling (fans + finned heat sinks) of computer/network electronics is no longer adequate in the submarine ship environment. This Phase II SBIR project will develop a novel ceramic flat plate evaporator as the key component of a loop heat pipe-based rack cooling system for network hardware aboard Navy submarines. The primary Phase II tasks are: Thermal Performance modeling, Evaporator Development, Demonstration Cooling of a 500W Server. Two Phase II Options are proposed to further advance the technology. Option #1 will develop a Mini-Rack Cooling System Test Bed and demonstrate the rack-level cooling approach. Option #2 will expand the test bed to include another server and determine the feasibility of sealing the network components to reduce noise levels and heat dissipation to the ambient air. If successful this Phase II effort will result in demonstration of a novel cooling approach for racked computer/electronics hardware that has the potential to eliminate a substantial number of fans within a rack/cabinet and provide greatly enhanced cooling such that higher density racks are enabled.

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