Applied Nanotech declared that the U.S. Army has awarded a Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract to the company to develop thermal management systems to address the challenges of portable energy systems.
Through the two-year SBIR contract, Applied Nanotech will carry on its work on thermal management systems based on its CarbAl heat transfer material for use in power electronic control solutions of tactical quiet generators.
CarbAl thermal management material is a carbon-based nanocomposite with far superior performance properties, including a low coefficient of thermal expansion, high thermal conductivity, high thermal diffusivity and low density, when compared to traditional passive thermal management materials.
The U.S. Army’s short-term objective is to reduce the size of different kinds of power generators, while increasing their power output. For this purpose, novel materials and solutions capable of handling excess build-up of heat have to be integrated to the generators. Applied Nanotech’s CarbAl technical line and associated products provide a novel thermal management approach and meet the strict thermal management needs of the U.S. Army.
In conjunction with this contract worth roughly $730,000, Applied Nanotech is increasing its annual internal processing capacity for CarbAl to 8 t. Besides providing customized applications, value added services will be offered by the company to the base material, including printing circuits, laminating and segmenting, directly on to the thermal management materials.
Applied Nanotech’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Zvi Yaniv stated that the company is happy to support the U.S. Army for designing high-efficient power systems that enhance its efficacy on the combat zone, while also optimizing and commercializing the thermal management materials.