Passive Thermal Management System for High-Temperature Military Aircraft Actuation System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-05-M-2571
Agency Tracking Number: F051-184-1333
Amount: $99,905.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: AF05-184
Solicitation Number: 2005.1
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
 Christopher Duston
 Program Manager
 (410) 987-3435
Business Contact
 Sharon Fehrenbacher
Title: CEO
Phone: (410) 224-3710
Research Institution
Development of high-temperature, high-efficiency, and high-density power electronic component technologies as part of the more electric aircraft (MEA) effort offers opportunities for passive, compact, and lightweight thermal management systems for aircraft actuation systems. The next-generation power electronics will operate at a cold plate temperature of 200 °C making it possible to reject its heat through the structure to the ambient environment without active cooling. The thermal load averages 3 W/cm2 with peaks up to 30 W/cm2. Technology Assessment and Transfer, in association with Technology Applications, Inc. proposes to evaluate an advanced primary heat sink of phase change material filled carbon foam and to assess several heat rejection approaches, including heat pipes. At the conclusion of this program, TA&T and TAI will be prepared to design, construct and test a bench scale prototype thermal management system.

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