Development of a Thermal Management System for Tactical Airborne High Power Laser Applications

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68936-10-C-0007
Agency Tracking Number: N092-112-0945
Amount: $149,745.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: N092-112
Solicitation Number: 2009.2
Small Business Information
200 Yellow Place, Pines Industrial Center, Rockledge, FL, 32955
DUNS: 175302579
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Joseph Homitz
 PI/Sr. Mechanical Enginee
 (321) 631-3550
Business Contact
 Michael Rizzo
Title: Controller
Phone: (321) 631-3550
Research Institution
Current aircraft thermal management systems are not capable of dissipating high-heat-flux thermal loads or transporting and rejecting overall thermal loads on the order of those associated with tactical lasers. Beyond overcoming limitations of existing systems, the developmental system must meet strict volume, mass, and reliability requirements associated with aircraft operation. In Phase I, Mainstream will complete both an analytical evaluation of candidate high-heat-flux cooling technologies and system architectures for an airborne tactical fiber laser system as well as an experimental evaluation of a sub-scale thermal management system. During the Phase I option, Mainstream will design the complete full-scale fiber laser thermal management system in order to accelerate the timeline to testing a working full-scale system in Phase II. This ambitious effort will be made possible by leveraging Mainstream’s extensive experience and background in advanced thermal management and heat transfer.

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