Thermal Management System Toolkit for Naval Warfare Applications

Thermal Management System Toolkit for Naval Warfare Applications

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-16-P-2018
Agency Tracking Number: N152-115-0571
Amount: $79,999.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2016
Solicitation Year: 2015
Solicitation Topic Code: N152-115
Solicitation Number: 2015.2
Small Business Information
301 North Neil St., Suite 400, Champaign, IL, 61820-3169
DUNS: 041929402
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Joseph Zimmerman
 Senior Scientist
 (217) 239-1701
 jwzimmer@cuaerospace.com
Business Contact
 David Carroll
Phone: (217) 239-1703
Email: carroll@cuaerospace.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
CU Aerospace (CUA), teamed with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), proposes to research, develop, and demonstrate thermal management simulation tools for next-generation two-phase cooling systems designed for transient high heat-flux naval applications. The software developed in this program can be used to evaluate advanced thermal management designs for critical emerging naval electronics applications (e.g. radar, railguns, and directed-energy). The improved heat transfer, increased power density, and reduced packaging size achievable with two-phase designs are advantageous when compared to single-phase cooling (e.g. water flow). However, active control features are required to address temperature variation, thermal lag, flow instabilities, and critical heat flux not found in current state-of-the-art single-phase systems. Addressing this, the proposed program introduces innovative tools for simulating two-phase systems which can serve as an industry standard for evaluating and optimizing naval thermal management designs. Phase I efforts will focus on component model development and preliminary experimental validation, serving as a basis for advanced multiple-cold-plate architecture pursued in Phase II. The toolset produced in this program will have major implications for the future designs of two-phase thermal management systems in warships, offering a comprehensive approach for reducing size, weight, and power consumption, while improving thermal load handling.

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