An Advanced Light Weight Recuperator for Space Power Systems

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNC05CA15C
Agency Tracking Number: 033732
Amount: $599,971.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2003
Solicitation Topic Code: S4.04
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
209 Puente Ave., City of Industry, CA, 91746-2304
DUNS: 02624
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Mike Wang
 Principal Investigator
 (626) 369-1273
Business Contact
 William Miller
Title: Vice President
Phone: (626) 369-1273
Research Institution
Closed Brayton Cycle (CBC) space power system is one of the most efficient energy conversion technologies for nuclear and solar electric propulsion. The recuperator is critical to enhance CBC efficiency. An advanced light weight recuperator was proposed to significantly reduce the mass (up to 70%) of the State-of-Art (SOA) metallic recuperator and to improve its performance by using advanced high conductivity carbon-based materials. In phase I, prototype cores were fabricated and tested successfully. In Phase II, performance of recuperator cores will be investigated in detail, integration technologies will be improved, structural and assembly issues will be addressed, a 30 ~ 50 kWt subscale recuperator will be designed, prototyped and tested.

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