NASA 1996 SBIR Phase I


PROPOSAL NUMBER : 96-1 16.10-0292

PROJECT TITLE : Advanced Optimization of Thermal/Fluid System Designs

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (LIMIT 200 WORDS)

Today's environment of shrinking budgets requires that fewer engineers become more productive and better able to turn out ambitious spacecraft missions in shorter design cycles. Fortunately, faster computers, more capable analysis tools, and innovations in optimization technology have led to increased productivity for design analysis and optimization. Unfortunately, automated design optimization tools are not available to thermal/fluid designers working in the specialties of thermal control, environmental control, and propulsion. We will correct this problem, exploiting existing analysis tools and recognizing the fact that recent innovations such as response surface optimization, genetic algorithms, and simulated annealing are of particular relevance to thermal/fluid design problems. NASA has already developed a generalized analysis tool that is the standard for thermal/fluid systems. By appending to it the ability to perform design optimization tasks (and the related task of automated test correlation), we can eliminate unproductive work and help engineers generate higher-performance designs at the same time. Such a major expansion of capabilities also expedites commercialization, which is already in progress.
POTENTIAL COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS
The resulting products will be immediately marketable since they fill a current void in the aerospace industry. They will also find application in (1) heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) system sizing and selection, (2) process control system tuning, (4) design of fire retardant delivery systems, and (5) pipeline distribution systems for petroleum products and city water supplies. Phase III will be self-supporting.
NAME AND ADDRESS OF PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR
Brent A. Cullimore
Cullimore and Ring Technologies, Inc.
49 Dawn Heath Circle
Littleton CO 80127-4303
NAME AND ADDRESS OF OFFEROR
Cullimore and Ring Technologies, Inc.
49 Dawn Heath Circle
Littleton CO 80127-4303