METHANOL AS A HEAT-SINK FOR HYPERSONIC AIRCRAFT

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 6557
Amount: $49,998.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1987
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Technology Development Assocs
3160 Galena Wy, Boulder, CO, 80303
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 MICHAEL KARPUK
 (303) 494-2338
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Research Institution
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Abstract
HYPERSONIC FLIGHT REQUIRES COOLING OF THE LEADING EDGE OF THE AIRFOILS AND INTERNAL ENGINE PARTS. THIS COOLING CAN BE PROVIDED BY ENDOTHERMIC FUEL REACTIONS. METHANOL DISSOCIATION CAN PROVIDE MORE HEAT SINK CAPACITY THAN PREVIOUSLY PROPOSED REACTIONS SUCH AS THE DEHYDROGENATION OF METHYLCYCLOHEXANE. METHANOL DECOMPOSITION CATALYSTS WILL BE PREPARED THAT HAVE HIGH ACTIVITY AND SELECTIVITY TO METHANOL DECOMPOSITION, HIGH TEMPERATURE STABILITY AND HIGH MECHANICALSTRENGTH. THESE CATALYSTS WILL BE TESTED IN A PLUG FLOW MICROCATALYTIC REACTOR. DATA FROM THE TESTS WILL BE USED TO PERFORM A SYSTEMSANALYSIS TO DETERMINE THE MISSION BENEFITS PROVIDED BY THE DISSOCIATEDMETHANOL HEAT SINK TO HYPERSONIC AIRCRAFT.

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