Conformal Onboard Light-weight Durable Passive Low-cost Aquatic Thermal Emission System (COLDPLATES)

Period of Performance: 11/12/2014 - 05/11/2015


Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Paragon Space Development Corp.
3481 E. Michigan Street
Tucson, AZ 85714
Principal Investigator


Paragon Space Development Corporation will provide SOCOM with a low-cost, conformal, closed-loop cooling system that is highly resistant to damage and provides superior cooling performance to existing raw water cooling alternatives. This proposed innovation is simple to manufacture, retrofit, and in its final form, is anticipated to entail little to no mass increase over the current system. The conformal elements are designed such that cooling system damage can only occur in the context of a breech in the existing hull. With additional integration with the boat and engine manufacturers it may even provide a mass decrease to the system as a whole. The Paragon proposed innovation can be readily integrated within new boat procurements and added to existing boats as a low-cost retrofit. In Phase I we will model the environment, boat, and engine interactions with various cooling systems to evaluate cooling system thermal, structural, and manufacturing design options and to validate the Paragon approach. Working with the boat and engine vendors we will identify the best flow arrangement for interaction with the existing engine cooling systems and boat structure. The preferred concept will be developed to a preliminary level for rapid prototyping and field testing in Phase II.