Aircraft Avionics Temperature Management

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-09-M-5413
Agency Tracking Number: F083-062-2145
Amount: $99,995.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: AF083-062
Solicitation Number: 2008.3
Small Business Information
184 Cedar Hill Street, Marlborough, MA, 01752
DUNS: 121001945
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Glenn Deming
 Principal Investigator
 (508) 281-5322
 submissions302@lunainnovations.com
Business Contact
 Glenn Deming
Title: Senior Contracts Administ
Phone: (508) 281-5322
Email: submissions302@lunainnovations.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Aspen Systems proposes to develop a vapor cycle environmental control system (ECS) to manage the heat produced by the digital electronic boxes in the T-6A trainer.  The significant enabling technology for this ECS is Aspens miniature compressor (now in production) and significant capability in designing high performance vapor cycle cooling systems for a wide variety of military and commercial applications. The proposed technology and elements of the specific solution will be transferable to other aircraft, and other avionics systems currently deployed and planned for deployment with the Air Force.  The basic innovation is to use a refrigeration cycle cooling loop to enhance heat transfer from the hot electronics enclosure to the ultimate heat sink in the thermal system.  The proposed solution will be modular and easily reconfigurable, highly efficient Environmental Control System (ECS) for avionics systems and in its broader use can be integrated into any aircrafts existing environmental control system.    The system will consume a minimum of power, will fit into the existing electronics bay of the T-6A and will integrate seamlessly to the aircraft.  During the Phase I program the system will be designed, fabricated and thermally tested.   BENEFIT: The proposed program is anticipated to benefit the Air Force through the design, development, testing and in Phase II full flight qualification of a vapor cycle cooling system for the T-6A trainer.  This development is anticipated to have multiple transitions to other military systems both within and external to the Air Force.  Commercial applications include automotive cooling systems, commercial aviotion, and general aviation.

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