Ultra-High-Heat-Flux Dissipation using Multi-Level Enhancement

Period of Performance: 04/21/2000 - 10/21/2000


Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Mudawar Thermal Systems, Inc.
3495 Kent Ave, Suite F
West Lafayette, IN 47906
Principal Investigator


Despite the many recent developments in the area of thermal management, there is a growing need for the dissipation of enormous heat loads that are concentrated in very small areas. While most cutting-edge thermal management techniques promise heat dissipation capabilities up to about 100 watts per square centimeter, the proposed project aims at greatly enhancing the heat dissipation potential by about an order of magnitude (500 watts per square centimeter during the Phase I study alone) to meet thermal management needs of the defense industry for decades to come. Key to accomplishing this goal is to capitalize upon the merits of phase change heat transfer and muti-level heat transfer enhancement techniques. The proposed work is expected to provide thermal management solutions for future defense electronics and power systems. This work will also impact the development of supercomputers, x-ray medical devices, and compact heat exchangers