Computational Design and Experimental Demonstration of a Novel High Efficiency PCM Heat Exchanger

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-11-C-0129
Agency Tracking Number: N103-198-0766
Amount: $79,915.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solitcitation Year: 2010
Solitcitation Topic Code: N103-198
Solitcitation Number: 2010.3
Small Business Information
Mainstream Engineering Corporation
200 Yellow Place, Pines Industrial Center, Rockledge, FL, -
Duns: 175302579
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Joshua Sole
 Sr. Mechanical Engineer
 (321) 631-3550
Business Contact
 Michael Rizzo
Title: Chief Financial Officer
Phone: (321) 631-3550
Research Institution
The thermal management system (TMS) within the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) can experience thermal overload during certain flight segments. During these segments it would be advantageous to store some of the excess thermal energy, and reject it via the normal heat rejection avenues at a later time when the thermal load is not excessive. Mainstream proposes an innovative thermal energy storage heat exchanger based on traditional phase change materials (PCMs) such as paraffins or hydrated salts. Mainstream"s concept eliminates the technological concerns typical associated with PCM heat exchangers such as: volumetric expansion, poor axial and radial thermal conductivity, and performance degradation after multiple melt/recharge cycles. Mainstream"s solution addresses these challenges by utilizing advanced materials, and an innovative heat exchanger design that significantly improves axial and radial conductivity, and eliminates the negative impact of volumetric expansion of the PCM. Mainstream has also already developed a multiphysics, multi-phase finite element model of a PCM heat exchanger that will aid in the design process and identify the optimal embodiment of the proposed heat exchanger innovations.

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