Optimized Thermal Battery for Weight- and Size-Constrained Applications

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: HQ0147-11-C-7539
Agency Tracking Number: B103-018-0496
Amount: $98,978.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: MDA10-018
Solicitation Number: 2010.3
Small Business Information
P.O. Box 899, 64 Main St., Enfield, NH, -
DUNS: 196519511
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Marc Kenton
 Vice President - Engineering
 (603) 632-4156
Business Contact
 Wm. Baschnagel
Title: Vice President - Operations
Phone: (603) 632-4156
Email: bill.baschnagel@erigo.com
Research Institution
Thermal batteries are a power source for most MDA weapons systems. Some of these systems have severe constraints on weight and size, and for this reason, advanced thermal batteries are needed that can provide greater power in smaller and lighter packages. The key components of conventional thermal battery cells are made by hydraulically pressing powders. Such components must be greater than a minimum thickness to keep the pressed powder pellets from breaking. For batteries that must supply high current for a relatively short period of time, this consideration can greatly increase the mass and length of the battery. We propose to address this problem by combining two recent advances in thermal battery technology. We will utilize a thin film component technology to construct thinner components with lower impedance than is possible with pressed powders. We will employ Erigo"s advanced thermal battery simulation software to extract the maximum benefit from the thin film process. By combining both technologies, we will create a well-defined procedure for building thermal batteries with greatly reduced mass and volume.

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