NASA SBIR 2008 Solicitation

FORM B - PROPOSAL SUMMARY


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 08-1 X6.01-8440
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Fuel Cells for Surface Systems
PROPOSAL TITLE: A Novel Heat Pipe Plate for Passive Thermal Control of Fuel Cells

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
AMSEN TECHNOLOGIES LLC
1684 S. Research Loop, Suite 518
Tucson, AZ 85710 - 6740
(520) 546-6944

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Hongxing Hu
hhu1@mindspring.com
1684 S. Research Loop, Suite 518
Tucson, AZ 85710 - 6740
(520) 546-6944

Expected Technology Readiness Level (TRL) upon completion of contract: 4 to 5

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
This SBIR project aims to develop a lightweight, highly thermally and electrically conductive heat pipe plate for passive removal of the heat from the individual fuel cells or electrolysis cells within a cell stack. The desired heat pipe plate will be fabricated from a novel composite based on carbon nanotubes. Carbon nanotubes are possibly the best heat conducting material the world has ever known, as their unusually high thermal conductivity has been reported recently. In reality, however, such high thermal conductivity values have not yet been achieved in any carbon nanotube ensembles. This has been attributed to the thermal resistance presented at interface junctions between individual nanotubes. The Phase I effort will be focused on solving this problem by an innovative approach, which offers the potential of incorporating a high content of carbon nanotubes in the composite while interface thermal resistance being minimized. The Phase I work will build on our preliminary experimental results to establish the proof-of-concept.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
The outcome of the innovation has the potential of providing NASA with a novel heat pipe plate for passive removal of the heat from the individual fuel cells or electrolysis cells within a cell stack.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
This technology will find wide applications as heat pipes or heat sinks in military and commercial electronics, appliance, and equipment.

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.

TECHNOLOGY TAXONOMY MAPPING
Composites
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