Titanium Loop Heat Pipes for Space Nuclear Radiators

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$69,847.00
Award Year:
2006
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNC06CB38C
Agency Tracking Number:
053832
Solicitation Year:
2005
Solicitation Topic Code:
X10.04
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc.
1046 New Holland Avenue, Lancaster, PA, 17601-5688
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
126288336
Principal Investigator:
William Anderson
Principal Investigator
(717) 295-6061
bill.anderson@1-ACT.com
Business Contact:
Jon Zuo
Business Official
(717) 295-6058
jon.zuo@1-ACT.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
This Small Business Innovation Research Phase I project will develop titanium Loop Heat Pipes (LHPs) that can be used in low-mass space nuclear radiators, such as the radiators currently being designed for Project Prometheus, as well as radiators for the lunar and Mars surfaces. LHPs are two phase heat transfer devices that can be embedded in radiator panels. Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. (ACT) has completed a radiator trade study that showed that radiators with titanium LHPs have the highest specific power in the temperature range from 300 to 550 K, increasing the specific power over heat pipe radiators by more than 1/3. The Phase I program will develop titanium/water LHPs that can operate in the low to intermediate temperature range (300 to 500K), as well as the lower portion of the intermediate temperature range (450 to 550 K). The Phase II program will develop alkali metal LHPs that can operate in the intermediate to high temperature ranges (700 to 1000 K and higher).

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