Thermally Driven Hot Piston Pulse Tube (Vuilleumier) Refrigerator

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Missile Defense Agency
Amount:
$60,042.00
Award Year:
1993
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
19588
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Alabama Cryogenic
Po Box 2470, Huntsville, AL, 35804
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
John Hendricks, Phd
(205) 536-8629
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
THE ABILITY TO LIFT HEAT FROM A SELECTED PORTION OF THE SPACECRAFT IS REQUIRED IN A NUMBER OF THERMAL MANAGEMENT TASKS FOR SPACED BASED SENSOR AND WEAPON SYSTEMS. THE PROPOSED EFFORT WILL DEVELOP THE THEORETICAL AND ANALYTICAL FRAMEWORK TO ASSESS THE UTILITY AND FEASIBILITY OF A HOT PISTON PULSE TUBE VUILLEUMIER REFRIGERATOR. THE EFFORT WILL IDENTIFY A BASELINE APPLICATION FOR THE PROPOSED CONCEPT, AND WILL ADAPT EXISTING ANALYTICAL TOOLS AND GENERALIZED THERMODYNAMIC CYCLE ANALYSIS TOOLS TO THE ANALYSIS OF HPPT-VUILLEUMIER REFRIGERATORS. THE EFFORT WILL ALSO IDENTIFY ACCEPTABLE CANDIDATE MATERIALS AND FABRICATION METHODS FOR CONSTRUCTING THE REQUIRED REFRIGERATORS, INCLUDING REGENERATORS AND HEAT EXCHANGERS. FINALLY, THE EFFORT WILL DEVELOP A PRELIMINARY DESIGN AND TEST PLAN FOR AN ENGINEERING MODEL TO BE FABRICATED AND TESTED IN PHASE II TO VALIDATE THE ANALYTICAL AND MODELING TOOLS DEVELOPED IN PHASE I.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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