Conformal Leading Edge Heat Pipe

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-05-M-3524
Agency Tracking Number: F051-247-2763
Amount: $99,999.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: AF05-247
Solicitation Number: 2005.1
Small Business Information
12173 Montague Street, Pacoima, CA, 91331
DUNS: 052405867
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Arthur Fortini
 Director of Science and Technology
 (818) 899-0236
Business Contact
 Craig Ward
Title: Engineering Administrative Manager
Phone: (818) 899-0236
Research Institution
Aerothermal heating of leading edges and nose tips on reentry vehicles creates stagnation-point temperatures that are beyond the limits of most materials. For systems that have reusability requirements, the challenge is even greater. Heat pipes offer a solution to this problem by providing a high-thermal-conductivity path from the hot leading edges to cooler areas of the reentry vehicle where heat can be radiated into space. In this Phase I program Ultramet will design, fabricate, and test a novel heat pipe that is not only high-temperature capable and reusable, but also conformal to the shape of the leading edge or nose tip. Unlike traditional heat pipes, in which the geometry is restricted to either straight or bent tubes, the low-cost fabrication technology to be used in this program, chemical vapor deposition can be used to manufacture heat pipes to virtually any shape, including conical shells and wedge shapes.

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