Advanced thermal management materials and strategies for packaging high rate cylindrical cells and battery packs

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Navy
Amount:
$149,995.00
Award Year:
2013
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N00014-13-P-1148
Agency Tracking Number:
O123-EP6-4124
Solicitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Topic Code:
OSD12-EP6
Solicitation Number:
2012.3
Small Business Information
IntraMicron, Inc.
368 Industry Drive, Auburn, AL, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
115041332
Principal Investigator
 Hongyun Yang
 Senior R&D Engineer
 (334) 502-2973
 hyang@intramicron.com
Business Contact
 Bruce Tatarchuk
Title: CEO
Phone: (334) 502-2973
Email: btatarchuk@intramicron.com
Research Institution
 Stub
Abstract
Microfibrous media (MFM) composed of sintered micron diameter copper fibers will be evaluated for its ability to transfer heat from cylindrical cell arrays (batteries and capacitors) to cooling coil and heat transfer surfaces. The void volume of the MFM will be from 70 to 90% and the resulting porosity filled with a suitable phase change material (PCM) as an added (and intimately contacted) thermal buffer. Preliminary calculations and data indicate that a 30 vol.% MFM filled with 70 vol% PCM will have a thermal conductivity of 60 W/m-K, an enthalpy capacity between 25 and 60C of 249 KJ/liter, and due to its compliant nature an interfacial heat transfer coefficient of 420 W/m2-K. Compared to other documented technologies this combination of properties is superior for both brief periods of high rate discharge in a near adiabatic fashion (with rapid thermal recovery) and also extended duration applications at high average power and thermal dissipation levels. The porous media is cost effectively manufactured on high speed paper machines and readily packaged between battery arrays and heat transfer surfaces. The approach is suitably robust for military applications, maintains appropriate cell temperatures, is mass and volume efficient, and can be easily packaged to avoid shorts.

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