NASA SBIR 2007 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 07-1 X11.01-8908
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Thermal Control for Surface Systems and Spacecraft
PROPOSAL TITLE: Lightweight Thermal Storage Heat Exchangers

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Energy Science Laboratories, Inc.
6888 Nancy Ridge Drive
San Diego, CA 92121 - 2232
(858) 552-2032

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Timothy R Knowles
6888 Nancy Ridge Drive
San Diego, CA 92121 - 2232
(858) 552-2034

Expected Technology Readiness Level (TRL) upon completion of contract:

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
This SBIR proposal aims to develop thermal energy storage heat exchangers that are significantly lighter and higher conductance than the present art which involves significant metal weight. We aim to use carbon fiber for conductive and convective heat transfer enhancements and replace metal with novel carbon-polymer composites. The concept materials can be configured to serve a broad range of thermal management applications for NASA, in particular thermal storage heat exchangers.
Phase 1 will gather NASA requirements for near term systems involving active cooling with single- and two-phase loops passive cooling with heat pipes. In particular the Constellation program and the Orion vehicle will be considered to assess the potential benefits of the proposed materials approach. Initial fabrication and characterization of the materials concept will be performed. Design options for Phase 2 development units will be prepared.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Reduced size and weight of thermal management hardware in
Low earth orbit
Lunar orbital and surface missions
High power remote sensing Lidar and Radar instruments

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
The proposed materials could offer reduced cost of heat exchangers and thermal energy storage for
Energy generation
Defense Directed Energy programs (mobile high energy laser and high power microwave)
Commercial refrigeration, HVAC equipment
Computer server and consumer electronics

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