Heat Flux-Based Calorimeter for Active Thermal Coatings

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-04-M-5020
Agency Tracking Number: F041-147-0096
Amount: $99,899.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: AF04-147
Solicitation Number: 2004.1
Small Business Information
387 Technology Drive, College Park, MD, 20742
DUNS: 837268481
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 John Lawler
 Technical Director
 (301) 403-1744
Business Contact
 John McKillop
Title: CEO
Phone: (301) 403-2086
Email: j.mckillop@atec-ahx.com
Research Institution
We propose to develop a calorimeter for accurately measuring the performance of active thermal control materials that can be easily deployed on spacecraft and satellites. Our calorimeter will be based on thin film heat flux gauges, which measure heat flux by determining the temperature difference across a thermally insulating film. The temperature on each side of the film is measured via an array of thin film conductors. These conductors can be accurately deposited in a complex pattern, so a large number of individual heat flux sensors can be incorporated in a small area. This technique provides a direct measure of the heat flowing through the surface, so the performances of the thermal control materials mounted on these sensors are obtained directly. The low thermal capacitance of these heat flux sensors will provide good temporal resolution of the heat flux. The small size of the sensors will allow the necessary spatial resolution to resolve the performance of several different coatings or active thermal control materials on one of our calorimeters. The ability to test multiple samples will allow the testing of multiple samples of the same device or the monitoring for spatial variations across a single thermal device.

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