Thermal Science and Engineering

This program advances thermal science through fundamental studies of multi-phase heat transfer, fluid dynamics and nanostructured materials. The program supports the development of technologies to efficiently acquire, transport and reject heat, and enable higher power density electronic systems. This work supports the Navy’s interest in advanced sea platform performance science and advanced naval power and energy systems science and technology.

Research Concentration Areas

  • Develop fundamental understanding of phase change heat transfer and two-phase flow in order to enable improved electronic cooling system
  • Improve thermal transport through materials and interfaces in order to enhance device cooling

Research Challenges and Opportunities

  • Fundamental studies and physics-based models of evaporative cooling, including heat transfer and critical heat flux
  • Understanding and control of two-phase flow in complex geometries, including pressure drops and flow instabilities
  • Enhancement of heat transfer through interfacial engineering
  • Advanced thermal fluids and high thermal conductivity materials for improved heat transfer
  • Development of higher efficiency, smaller and lighter HVAC system architectures
  • Multiscale, thermal models of electronic systems and ship-level thermal simulations
  • Alternative (non-vapor compression) refrigeration systems for distributed cooling
  • Concepts for waste heat reuse to enhance ship cooling and provide thermal energy storage
  • Advanced thermal management system architectures and components to enable high energy laser systems

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Program Contact Information

Name: Dr. Mark Spector

Title: Program Officer

Department: Code 331

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How to Submit

Submit white papers, QUAD charts and full proposals for contracts to this email address: ONR Code 33 Research Submissions

Follow instructions within BAA for submission of grant proposals to website.

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