NASA SBIR 2015 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 15-1 S3.07-9989
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Thermal Control Systems
PROPOSAL TITLE: Ultrasonic Additive Manufacturing for Capillary Heat Transfer Devices and Integrated Heat Exchangers

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Sheridan Solutions, LLC
745 Woodhill Drive
Saline, MI 48176 - 1708
(734) 604-1120

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
John Joseph Sheridan
745 Woodhill Drive
Saline, MI 48176 - 1708
(734) 604-1120

CORPORATE/BUSINESS OFFICIAL (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
John Joseph Sheridan
745 Woodhill Drive
Saline, MI 48176 - 1708
(734) 604-1120

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 4
End: 6

Technology Available (TAV) Subtopics
Thermal Control 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)
The goal of this program is to demonstrate the use of Ultrasonic Additive Manufacturing (UAM) to 3D print aluminum structural panels with integrated thermal management passages. This includes pumped integrated heat exchangers for fluid loops, integrated heat pipes, and integrated wick systems. By combining two functions (structure/thermal) it will be shown that a lighter weight, higher performance solution can be built in a shorter time period. The project team will demonstrate technical feasibility in Phase I. In Phase II the team will use UAM to 3D print an aluminum structure capable of carrying structural loads with integrated thermal management passages as may be used in a pumped integrated heat exchanger. This demonstration unit will be delivered to NASA for testing at the completion of the Phase II contract.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
UAM-enabled thermal management + structural devices are an important enabler for not-too-distant deep space missions, where UAM-enabled devices permit more system integration and autonomy while reducing mass and volume. For application in deep space missions this paradigm shift is similar to the change from a few day Lunar mission (Apollo) to a multiple year low earth orbit habitat (Space Station). Typical initial UAM applications would include integrating structure and thermal control of parts of the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity Rover, followed by components of advanced small spacecraft that have very small masses with their temperatures highly sensitive to variations in the component power output and spacecraft environmental temperature. In both applications, UAM addresses competing system requirements for managing primary load paths and integrating thermal management into the structure.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
The initial application of high performance UAM-enabled thermal management devices will likely be in NASA, defense and commercial space structure programs, in that order. This estimate recognizes the high performance technology leading nature of the organizations and their missions. The project team already services aerospace customers. Agreements with these customers uniformly prohibit publication of the details of our work with them.

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.)
Active Systems
Heat Exchange
Isolation/Protection/Shielding (Acoustic, Ballistic, Dust, Radiation, Thermal)
Joining (Adhesion, Welding)
Passive Systems
Processing Methods
Smart/Multifunctional Materials

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