NASA SBIR 2022-I Solicitation

Proposal Summary

Proposal Information

Proposal Number:
22-1- S16.05-1746
Subtopic Title:
Thermal Control Systems
Proposal Title:
Hybrid Manufacturing Process of Loop Heat Pipe Evaporator

Small Business Concern

Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc.
1046 New Holland Avenue, Lancaster, PA 17601
(717) 205-0628                                                                                                                                                                                

Principal Investigator:

Dr. Yue Xiao
1046 New Holland Avenue, PA 17601 - 5688
(717) 205-0697                                                                                                                                                                                

Business Official:

William Anderson
1046 New Holland Avenue, PA 17601 - 5688
(717) 205-0602                                                                                                                                                                                

Summary Details:

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) :                                                                                                                                                          
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Technical Abstract (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words):

In response to the FY 2022 NASA SBIR Solicitation Topic S06.15 Scope “Advanced Manufacturing of Loop Heat Pipe Evaporator”, Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. (ACT) and FormAlloy Technologies, Inc. (FormAlloy) propose to develop a hybrid manufacturing process for loop heat pipe (LHP) evaporator.  Such a hybrid manufacturing process combines conventional sintering and additive manufacturing (AM) technology.  The process can retain the ~1-micrometer pore size of the current primary wick while eliminating the knife-edge seal (KES) that may fail under long exposure to thermal cycles and vibrations. In Phase I, ACT and FormAlloy will continue the process optimization, and perform LHP operation demonstration with evaporators fabricated by the proposed hybrid process.

Potential NASA Applications (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words):

The potential applications for the proposed process are NASA missions and commercial space flights where high-performance and high-reliability LHPs are adopted.  Specifically, Ice, Cloud, and Land Elevation Satellite (ICESat), ICESat-2, Swift, Aura, Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES), Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-R Series (GOES-R), Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT), and future Science Mission Directorate (SMD) missions can greatly benefit from the proposed technology.

Potential Non-NASA Applications (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words):

The program is also applicable to all military and commercial satellites that use Loop Heat Pipes.  In Other civil or military applications such as LED luminaire, solar water heaters, thermoelectric power generators, etc. can all benefit from LHP with improved reliability

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