STTR Phase I: Optimized Nano-Porous Surfaces for Boiling Heat Transfer

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: 0740038
Agency Tracking Number: 0740038
Amount: $150,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: AM
Solicitation Number: NSF 07-551
Small Business Information
4451 LYNNFIELD WAY, Reno, NV, 89519
DUNS: 076514343
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Yanming Liu
 (775) 826-8868
Business Contact
 Yanming Liu
Title: DPhil
Phone: (775) 826-8868
Research Institution
 Kwang J Kim
 Office of Sponsored Projects/MS 325
Reno, NV, 89557
 (775) 784-4040
 Nonprofit college or university
The Small Business Technology Transfer Research (STTR) Phase I project aims at developing a heat exchanger technology utilizing a homogeneous nano-porous surface (NPS) that will significantly increase the efficiency of the boiling process. The NPS technology offers considerable enhancement in boiling heat transfer capabilities for small- to large-size heat generating facilities, power plants, and electronics cooling hardware. The goals of the proposed Phase I research are: 1) to develop an effective NPS for boiler applications, 2) to demonstrate the effectiveness of the NPS technology against other conventional heat exchanger technologies, and 3) to evaluate the long-term performance of the NPS based heat boiler. A prototype multi-tube boiler will be constructed and tested for industrial deployment. The objectives of the proposed project will be achieved by producing a surface that can generate smaller and controllable bubble sizes during boiling processes. Unlike traditional flat surfaces and previously investigated micro-porous surface coatings, the NPS technology can offer improved long-term durability, a simple-to-manufacture and low-cost means of achieving higher performance and more energy efficient heat transfer. Successful implementation of this technology will result in millions of dollars saved nationally and internationally in the energy market.

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