High-Efficiency Waste Heat Removal System (WHRS) for Low-Observable Heat Rejection from Aircraft

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$150,000.00
Award Year:
2013
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA9451-13-M-0195
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
F131-009-0254
Solicitation Year:
2013
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF131-009
Solicitation Number:
2013.1
Small Business Information
1490 Lumsden Road, Port Orchard, WA, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
-05475818
Principal Investigator:
DouglasBeck
Principal Engineer
(360) 876-9710
dbeck23@aol.com
Business Contact:
DouglasBeck
President
(360) 876-9710
dbeck23@aol.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
ABSTRACT: We propose to develop for the Air Force a high-efficiency Waste Heat Removal System (WHRS) that removes large amounts of waste heat from aircraft with negligible impacts on signature and aerodynamic performance. Our WHRS absorbs heat from aircraft thermal loads, including a Thermal Energy Storage (TES) system that absorbs and stores heat from the cooling system of a High Energy Laser (HEL). Our WHRS consumes no electrical power, so our WHRS adds no additional electrical loads to aircraft generators. Our WHRS requires no heat exchangers to reject heat, so our WHRS has negligible impacts on signature and aerodynamic performance. In Phase I, we will generate a preliminary design of our WHRS and project its performance. In Phase II, we will build and demonstrate a subscale prototype WHRS. In Phase III, we will demonstrate our prototype WHRS on a compatible aircraft with a suitable directed energy system or surrogate heat source. BENEFIT: Our high-efficiency Waste Heat Removal System (WHRS) is attractive for rejecting heat from aircraft heat loads, including waste heat from the cooling systems of High Energy Lasers (HELs). Our WHRS is also attractive for rejecting heat from condensers of VCSs on Air Force tactical aircraft and for similar applications on commercial aircraft. Our WHRS is also an attractive alternative to VCSs for Air Force tactical aircraft and commercial aircraft, because our WHRS is compact and lightweight, and our WHRS requires no heat exchangers to reject heat to the ambient environment.

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