HIGH TEMPERATURE CAPILLARY PUMPED LOOP HEAT PIPE

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Missile Defense Agency
Amount:
$498,000.00
Award Year:
1988
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
n/a
Award Id:
4508
Agency Tracking Number:
4508
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
780 Eden Rd., Lancaster, PA, 17601
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Jerome E. Toth
(717) 569-6551
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
DESIGNS FOR SPACE BASED STRUCTURES ARE BECOMING INCREASINGLY LARGER AND MORE COMPLEX. AS THESE STRUCTURES GROW, THEIR LEVEL OF POWER CONSUMPTION IS ALSO INCREASING. TO SATISFY THIS DEMAND FOR POWER, ENERGY SYSTEMS, SUCH AS THE SP-100 ARE BEING DESIGNED TO MEET THE ANTICIPATED REQUIREMENTS. THE POWER GENERATION SYSTEM CONCEPTS ARE CURRENTLY BEING REVIEWED FOR AREAS WHERE IMPROVEMENTS CAN BE MADE SO THAT THESE SYSTEMS CAN PERFORM THEIR SERVICE FUNCTION WITH AS LITTLE COST, IN TERMS OF WEIGHT, ENERGY EFFICIENCY, COMPLEXITY, ETC, AS IS FEASIBLE. THE CURRENT SP-100 DESIGN CONCEPT INCLUDES THE USE OF MAGNETIC HYDRODYNAMIC PUMPS FOR THE CIRCULATION OF A LITHIUM COOLANT THROUGH THE PRIMARY HEAT EXCHANGE LOOP. THIS LOOP TRANSFERS THE HEAT FROM THE REACTOR CORE TO THE T/E MODULES WHERE IT IS EXTRACTED FOR CONVERSION TO ELECTRICAL ENERGY OR DISSIPATION. THESE MHD PUMPS ARE INEFFICIENT AND MASSIVE (HEAVY) DEVICES. ACCORDINGLY, THE INCENTIVE EXIST FOR THE IDENTIFICATION OF AN ALTERNATE COOLANT CIRCULATION PROCESS. THE HIGH TEMPERATURE CAPILLARY PUMP LOOP HEAT PIPE, A PASSIVE, LOW MASS DEVICE OFFERS ONE ALTERNATIVE TO THE USE OF MHD PUMPS.

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