Innovative Simulation and Analysis Tool for Vehicle Thermal Management

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W56HZV-09-C-0055
Agency Tracking Number: A072-214-2099
Amount: $729,355.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: A07-214
Solicitation Number: 2007.2
Small Business Information
23440 Airpark Blvd, P.O. Box 66, Calumet, MI, 49913
DUNS: 943826859
HUBZone Owned: Y
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Scott D Peck
 R&D Manager
 (906) 482-9560
 scott.peck@thermoanalytics.com
Business Contact
 Keith Johnson
Title: President
Phone: (906) 482-9560
Email: keith.johnson@thermoanalytics.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Heat loads due to on-board power, combined with hot environments imposed on military ground vehicles, have resulted in situations where vehicle performance is limited by thermal management issues. To counteract this, the cooling system must be optimized, preferably early in the design process. Current modeling practices make it difficult for an analyst find an optimal system configuration from many design options in a timely manner. ThermoAnalytics is proposing to create a modeling tool that will allow an analyst to rapidly assess the performance of a cooling system based on the evaluation of multiple approaches and parametric studies for a vehicle in different environments and load scenarios. Our approach is to adopt a component model paradigm that uses pre-built models of cooling system components as building blocks for system analyses. We will modify the thermal and IR signature code MuSES to interface with a database of component models, and streamline and semi-automate the process of importing and integrating a component into a parent model. This will reduce the time required to find and assign critical performance data to models, and allows a modeler the flexibility to apply geometric detail to models only when and where it is needed.

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