Thermoelectric Integrated Heat Exchanger for E-2D Advanced Hawkeye

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-13-C-0129
Agency Tracking Number: N102-114-1189
Amount: $499,992.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2013
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: N102-114
Solicitation Number: 2010.2
Small Business Information
PA, Lancaster, PA, 17601-5688
DUNS: 126288336
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Tapan Desai
 Lead R&D Engineer
 (717) 295-6817
Business Contact
 Heather Wenzel
Title: Accountant
Phone: (717) 295-6092
Research Institution
Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. (ACT) proposes an innovative heat exchanger integrated with thermoelectric devices to achieve 10-15 kW additional cooling capacity to the current Liquid Cooling System (LCS) aboard the E2-D Advanced Hawkeye. The proposed heat exchanger will reduce the cold side temperature of the LCS by 3-5°F and reject the waste heat to the hot side of the LCS using thermoelectric devices to pump heat against the thermal gradient. By raising the hot side temperature of the LCS, the ultimate heat sink (ram air heat exchanger) will be able to handle the additional heat load without size increase. The proposed heat exchanger will replace existing sections of LCS plumbing, providing a design that has minimal impact on size and pressure drop. Additional innovations in the heat exchanger design will improve efficiency and mechanical reliability by allowing direct convection heat transfer to remove heat from the hot side of the thermoelectric modules. ACT has secured the support for this project from Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, the manufacturer of the E-2D Hawkeye. Northrop Grumman will provide design requirements and guide the development efforts in Phase II and eventually become an integrator of the technology in actual aircraft.

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