FADEC Cooling Using High Temperature Loop Heat Pipes

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$99,911.00
Award Year:
2008
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA8650-08-M-2820
Award Id:
86611
Agency Tracking Number:
F073-049-1449
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
1046 New Holland Avenue, Lancaster, PA, 17601
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
126288336
Principal Investigator:
William Anderson
Principal Engineer
(717) 295-6104
bill.anderson@1-ACT.com
Business Contact:
Jon Zuo
President
(717) 295-6058
jon.zuo@1-ACT.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The Full Authority Digital Engine Control (FADEC) controls engine operation. It is historically mounted on the engine case to minimize the routing length of the sensor and actuator wiring. The FADEC must be maintained below 63 degrees C, while the environment can be as hot as 170 degrees C. The current design uses fuel to cool the FADEC, however, this often limits the allowable ground or flight idle time before the fuel is too hot to cool the FADEC. This SBIR project will develop a loop heat pipe (LHP) thermal management system that will transport the FADEC heat load to an alternate sink, typically located 2 m away. The Phase I project will develop a model of the thermal management system, which will include heat pipes to lower the internal T in the FADEC box, and LHPs to transport the heat to a heat sink. This will eliminate the use of fuel for cooling the FADEC, isolating it from the fuel cooling system. The benefits include an increase in the allowable fuel temperature, increasing idle time. The goal of the Phase II project will be to design, fabricate and test a LHP thermal system for cooling the FADEC.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

Agency Micro-sites


SBA logo

Department of Agriculture logo

Department of Commerce logo

Department of Defense logo

Department of Education logo

Department of Energy logo

Department of Health and Human Services logo

Department of Homeland Security logo

Department of Transportation logo

Enviromental Protection Agency logo

National Aeronautics and Space Administration logo

National Science Foundation logo
US Flag An Official Website of the United States Government