NASA SBIR 2015 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 15-1 H8.01-8946
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Space Nuclear Power Systems
PROPOSAL TITLE: Pulsating Heat Pipes

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
The Peregrine Falcon Corporation
1051 Serpentine Lane, Suite 100
Pleasanton, CA 94566 - 8451
(925) 461-6800

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Mr. Robert Hardesty
1051 Serpentine Lane, Suite 100
Pleasanton, CA 94566 - 8451
(925) 461-6800

CORPORATE/BUSINESS OFFICIAL (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Mr. Robert Hardesty
1051 Serpentine Lane, Suite 100
Pleasanton, CA 94566 - 8451
(925) 461-6800

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 2
End: 3

Technology Available (TAV) Subtopics
Space Nuclear Power Systems is a Technology Available (TAV) subtopic that includes NASA Intellectual Property (IP). Do you plan to use the NASA IP under the award?

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
An advanced heat transport technology is presented that can enable space nuclear power systems to transfer reactor heat, convert heat into electricity, reject waste heat, and provide high thermal conductivity to enhance waste heat transfer and radiator performance. This is a low cost, autonomous, high reliability and long-life solution. This technology can operate at high temperatures up to 1,000 K to either provide heat transport for reactor cooling or to dramatically increase thermal conductivity to provide the waste heat transfer for heat rejection systems. This innovative technology is based upon Peregrine's proprietary technology in pulsating heat pipes. Pulsating heat pipes are autonomous thermal transport systems that operate by pulsating action initiated by the introduction of heat and the extraction of heat to make a self-contained thermal transport device. This innovation will enable NASA missions to be more successful, more durable and of higher reliability, while also being very cost effective, lightweight and highly efficient. This innovation relies upon pulsating heat pipe technology where serpentine micro-channels are embedded within the plane of a sheet or plate of material. The micro-channels are partially charged with a working fluid. When heat is introduced to the PHP solid state device, vapor pressure locally increases (due to the serpentine pattern resistance) and vapor bubbles are created until the local increased pressure pulses from this high pressure area. At another area on this PHP device is the condenser (for thermal dissipation). In this area, heat is removed and vapor pressure is reduced, shrinking or contracting the bubbles. The pulsing from the evaporator and the contraction at the condenser, along with the system perturbations due to fluid contact angles and resistance within the serpentine channels, produces an autonomous, self-contained two-phase cooling system, in essence, the transfer of heat due to pressure changes.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
The development and characterization of Pulsating Heat Pipes to cool high thermal loads for Space Nuclear Power Systems will have an impact on many fields. This technology will not only provide higher thermal performance but does it with equal to or less mass of the current state of the art and can readily be substituted into existing designs. Potential uses, first and most obvious are for the application currently under consideration for space nuclear power systems. In addition, this technology should be adaptable to many other NASA applications like; Cooling of High Heat Flux Electronics, Advanced Spacecraft Radiators and Thermal Control of Instruments that require tight temperature control.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Currently all satellites/spacecraft have thermal control issues and will benefit from this pulsating heat pipe technology, since any material that is embedded with these devices will result in a substantial increase in thermal conductivity (>>1000 W/mK). Commercial and other Non-NASA applications will include: Cooling of High Heat Flux Electronics, Advanced Spacecraft Radiators, Cooling of Solid State Devices for ground based systems, Cooling of Laptop Computers and Cooling of Automotive Electronic Ignition Systems.

TECHNOLOGY TAXONOMY MAPPING (NASA's technology taxonomy has been developed by the SBIR-STTR program to disseminate awareness of proposed and awarded R/R&D in the agency. It is a listing of over 100 technologies, sorted into broad categories, of interest to NASA.)
Heat Exchange
Passive Systems

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