STTR Phase II: Multi-Wall Carbon Nanotubes Inclusion for Thermal Conductivity Enhancement of Microencapsulated Phase Change Material Slurry

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: 0823115
Agency Tracking Number: 0611363
Amount: $499,989.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: CT
Solicitation Number: NSF 05-605
Small Business Information
Thies Technology
921 American Pacific Dr., Ste 309, Henderson, NV, 89014
DUNS: 624334447
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Curt Thies
 (702) 567-8206
Business Contact
 Curt Thies
Title: DPhil
Phone: (702) 567-8206
Research Institution
 Texas Engineering Experiment Station
 Jorge Alvarado
 3000 TAMU
College Station, TX, 77843-3000
 (979) 862-1696
 Nonprofit college or university
This Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase II project seeks to investigate the commercial feasibility of new processes capable of incorporating phase change materials (PCMs) and multi-wall carbon nanotubes (MWCNT) into micro- and nano-capsules thereby producing particles with novel thermal and fluid properties. The primary objective is to take advantage of MWCNT exceptional thermal properties to enhance the thermal performance nano/microencapsulated phase change material (N/MPCM) slurry. Thermally enhanced N/MPCM slurries can provide palpable benefits in the thermal management of commercial and industrial processes and products, from microelectronics devices to large industrial facilities, by providing considerable additional heat capacity and better heat transfer performance. The combined effect of nano/microencapsulated MWCNTs and phase change materials present a unique opportunity to improve the performance of heat transfer fluids beyond current levels. A series of experiments will be carried out to quantify the degree durability, heat transfer enhancements in laminar and turbulent conditions, and in typical heat exchangers. The broader impact/commercial potential of this project will have a lasting impact on the entire heat transfer industry. Direct impacts include lower flow rates, lower pressure drop, smaller heat transfer area and improved heat transfer effectiveness. The project will also elucidate how the new fluid performs in commercially available heat exchangers. The project will also provide unique educational opportunities to undergraduate and graduate students. The success of the project will broaden scientific and technological understanding of enhanced heat transfer fluids in industry as well as in academia. Indirect impacts include enhanced living standard and improved competitiveness. Successful commercialization of the proposed concept will find applications in biomedical, aerospace, homeland security, and energy generation.

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