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Improved Thermal Management Systems using Advanced Materials and Fluids South Dakota School of Mines & Technology/NASA Ames & Glenn Research Centers, Johnson Space Center, Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate

The goal of this project is to develop a nanofluid thermal management system concept and methodology to significantly enhance thermal conductivity (TC) for coolant applications. It is believed that more than 100% stable TC enhancement can be achieved in nanofluids under an external magnetic field. The innovation will lead to significant weight/volume savings in aircraft heat exchangers, including NASA spacecraft and rocket engines, as well as in power generation, chemical production, air conditioning, transportation, and microelectronics. The work is being conducted through a collaboration involving South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (SDSM&T) and South Dakota State University (SDSU). This project also develops and expands partnerships between the NASA Ames Research Center, NASA Glenn Research Center, NASA Johnson Space Center, Army Research Lab, Argonne National lab, Pacific Northwest National Lab, other universities (Georgia Tech, UC-San Diego, U. Minnesota, Rutgers University, Rice University, MIT, Louisiana State University, Villanova University, University of South Carolina) and industry (NCH, Aegis Tech and Waterford Battery). Patents awarded: Alignment of carbon nanotubes comprising magnetically sensitive metal oxides in nanofluids, US Patent Number 8,652,386. Technology Transfer: One US company, Waterford Battery Inc., has already signed a license agreement with SDSM&T to use our patents (issued and pending). They will work with us for further R&D efforts towards commercialization.

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NASA EPSCoR Stimuli 2014 -15

Above are microscope images of alignment of carbon nanotubes in water using Fe2O3 nanoparticles under external magnetic field and a schematic of the possible mechanism for aggregation of metal oxide on the surface of nanotube. Width of reference bar in images: 30Âľm

Dr. Jing Li, NASA Technical Monitor, Ames Research Center

Dr. Haiping Hong, Science PI, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

EPSCoR Stimuli 2014-15  

NASA Office of Education’s Aerospace Research & Career Development (ARCD) is pleased to release NASA EPSCoR Stimuli, a collection of univers...

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