Variable-Fidelity Toolset for Dynamic Thermal Modeling and Simulation of Aircraft Thermal Management System (TMSs)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-12-C-2231
Agency Tracking Number: F103-208-1195
Amount: $749,999.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: AF103-208
Solicitation Number: 2010.3
Small Business Information
3000 Kent Avenue, Suite C1-100, West Lafayette, IN, -
DUNS: 161183322
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Kevin McCarthy
 Senior Engineer
 (765) 464-8997
Business Contact
 Eric Walters
Title: Vice President
Phone: (765) 464-8997
Research Institution
ABSTRACT: The primary objectives of the proposed effort are to enhance, expand, and validate a variable-fidelity transient thermal management toolset. The toolset will be used to model hardware systems in order to validate the approach. In addition, the modeling capability of the tool will be enhanced and expanded to enable modeling of complex thermal management systems. The toolset is designed in a modular, drag and drop library in Matlab/Simulink. Components are developed with a focus on speed, flexibility, and fidelity. The toolset will be provided to a wide user base to ensure that it meets the needs of the modeling community. Documentation will be provided through html help files integrated directly with the Matlab/Simulink help file system. BENEFIT: As cooling concepts on-board present/future military aircraft continue to advance, the need for dynamic vapor cycle system analysis is apparent. The direct benefit of the Phase II effort will be the development of a validated variable-fidelity transient thermal management toolset capable of analyzing dynamic vapor compression cycles including two-phase flow. The toolset will provide the Air Force and aerospace community with the diverse, robust, and accurate analysis capability needed to investigate present/advanced cooling designs of military aircraft. The transition to industry in the Phase II will set the stage for expansive engineering services and support in the Phase III.

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