Development of an Active Electronics Enclosure Thermal Management System

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$78,633.00
Award Year:
2013
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N00024-13-P-4505
Agency Tracking Number:
N122-130-0908
Solicitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Topic Code:
N122-130
Solicitation Number:
2012.2
Small Business Information
Mainstream Engineering Corporation
200 Yellow Place, Pines Industrial Center, Rockledge, FL, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
175302579
Principal Investigator:
David Sykes
Engineer
(321) 631-3550
dsykes@mainstream-engr.com
Business Contact:
Michael Rizzo
CFO
(321) 631-3550
mar@mainstream-engr.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
As shipboard control electronics continue to evolve, electronic systems inevitably incur hardware changes. However, these system changes often require sound recertification of the electronics enclosure, which can be a very costly and time-consuming process. Therefore, it is desirable to build a silent electronics enclosure to avoid the recertification process. Mainstream proposes developing an active thermal management system for shipboard control electronics for Ohio-class submarines that can acquire heat from air-cooled components and reject it to the ambient environment. We estimate that the enclosure will operate below typical"quiet room"sound levels (40 dBA), which is less than 1/8th of currently used exposed tubeaxial fans. In Phase I, Mainstream will design the TMS, as well as experimentally demonstrate its functionality in our environmentally-controlled facilities. In Phase II, Mainstream will further optimize the cooling system and produce a pre-production environmentally-sealed enclosure with integral TMS. The proposed TMS leverages COTS components and Mainstream"s design expertise, leading to a low-risk, high-reward program capable of rapid transition to the Navy for Ohio-class submarines.

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