Enhanced Performance Coolant for Military Radar Cooling Systems

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-06-M-5043
Agency Tracking Number: F061-083-0567
Amount: $99,938.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: AF06-083
Solicitation Number: 2006.1
Small Business Information
303 Bear Hill Road, Waltham, MA, 02451
DUNS: 004627316
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Principal Scientist
 (781) 890-1338
Business Contact
 William Thompson
Title: Contracts Manager
Phone: (781) 890-1338
Email: bthompson@infoscitex.com
Research Institution
Advanced weapons systems such as the B2 Stealth Bomber and the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) rely upon high power density radar systems, and specifically their high power transmitters, which generate high amounts of heat. Heat dissipation from these systems is necessary to prevent equipment damage and erratic current operation. Coolanol 25R is currently used in many military radar cooling systems. While it meets current specifications for many weapons systems, its cost (~$500/gal) and hydrolytic instability have led to interests in replacing it with cheaper, better performing materials such as polyalphaolefin (PAO). Although PAO meets current requirements, advanced weapons systems will require coolants exhibiting higher heat capacity and thermal conductivity, as well as improved thermal and hydrolytic stability. In this Phase I SBIR program, Infoscitex proposes the development of an enhanced performance coolant for military radar cooling systems that will meet future performance requirements and be of reasonable cost. The Phase I program will involve the use of computational molecular modeling techniques to identify candidate compounds, and laboratory evaluation of the best candidates.

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