Self-Regulating Passive Controlled CFOAM Thermal Management System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N65538-05-M-0140
Agency Tracking Number: N051-041-1052
Amount: $69,995.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: N05-041
Solicitation Number: 2005.1
Small Business Information
TOUCHSTONE RESEARCH LABORATORY, LTD.
The Millennium Centre, R.R. 1, Box 100B, Triadelphia, WV, 26059
DUNS: 101582922
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Susan Chang
 Senior Analyst
 (304) 547-5800
 scc@trl.com
Business Contact
 Brian Joseph
Title: President, COO
Phone: (304) 547-5800
Email: bej@trl.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Touchstone Research Laboratory, Ltd. has proposed a thermal management system made of its novel material CFOAMr for a 50kWe logistic-fuel reforming processor for PEM fuel cells with the capability of scaling up to 500kWe system. This system passively controls the cooling of gas from 500°C to 300°C under varying working conditions in flow rate, temperature and pressure without using extra control units. It has an ability to regulate its cooling power automatically. This CFOAM system features light weight, durability, and compactness due to its integrated heat exchanger and heat recovery system and is a low-cost thermal management system due to its long life cycle and minimized use of expensive control units. The Phase I effort will focus on the effectiveness of a passive control concept using CFOAM, and the Phase II work will aim at the design and manufacturing issues of this system.

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