Advanced Direct Energy Conversion for Power Electronics Cooling

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N65538-08-M-0039
Agency Tracking Number: N073-206-0389
Amount: $69,952.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: N07-206
Solicitation Number: 2007.3
Small Business Information
101 Clematis Avenue, Unit #1, Waltham, MA, 02453
DUNS: 809106383
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Larry Roderick
 (215) 375-3035
Business Contact
 Adam Rosen
Title: CEO
Phone: (215) 375-3035
Research Institution
A new metal matrix composite material consisting of natural graphite particulates processed into a designed reinforcement architecture that, after pressure infiltration casting with molten Al alloy, results in materials with thermal conductivity (TC) controllable over a range of 600 to 750 W/mK and thermal expansion controllable over the range of 7 to 3 ppm/K. This material is proposed as a spreader and as a natural circulation cooled heat sink to be integrated with a solid state thermoelectric module to generate energy from waste heat sources. This energy can be utilized for powering a pump for circulating fluid for cooling a power conversion module. The cold plate for the power conversion module can also be made from this high thermal conductivity material and can be optimized for low pressure drop and low power consumption in pumping liquid through the cold plate. The proposed scheme can not only maximize the power generated from any given thermoelectric or other solid state technology, but also use that power most efficiently by minimizing the power drop through the channels

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