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THIN-FILM-COMPOSITE MEMBRANES FOR ON-BOARD INERT GAS GENERATION

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
3728
Program Year/Program:
1987 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
3728
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
BEND RESEARCH, INC.
64550 RESEARCH RD BEND, OR 97701
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 1987
Title: THIN-FILM-COMPOSITE MEMBRANES FOR ON-BOARD INERT GAS GENERATION
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $140,000.00
 

Abstract:

AIRCRAFT FUEL TANKS CAN BE PROTECTED FROM FIRE AND EXPLOSION BY FILLING THE VAPOR SPACE ABOVE THE LIQUID FUEL WITH AN INERT GAS SUCH AS NITROGEN. A LOW-MAINTENANCE, MEMBRANE-BASED ON-BOARD INERT GAS GENERATION SYSTEMS (OBIGGS) IS A PROMISING ALTERNATIVE TO THE CURRENTLY USED HIGH-MAINTENANCE LIQUID NITROGEN SYSTEM. HOWEVER, RECENTLY DEVELOPED MEMBRANE-BASED OBIGGS ARE INEFFICIENT IN THEIR REMOVAL OF OXYGEN FROM AIR AND ARE THUS TOO HEAVY FOR PRACTICAL USE IN NITROGEN PRODUCTION. WE PROPOSE TO DEMONSTRATE THE TECHNICAL FEASIBILITY OF PRODUCING AN OBIGGS IN WHICH THE WEIGHT OF ACTIVE MEMBRANE MATERIAL IS DECREASED BY MORE THAN AN ORDER OF MAGNITUDE OVER PRESENT MEMBRANE-BASED OBIGGS. A NOVEL, EXCEEDINGLY THIN MEMBRANE CURRENTLY UNDER DEVELOPMENT AT BEND RESEARCH FOR A RELATED APPLICATION WILL BE CHEMICALLY MODIFIED TO OBTAIN HIGH OXYGEN PERMEATION RATES. THESE ULTRATHIN MEMBRANES HAVE VERY HIGH GAS THROUGHPUT PER UNIT AREA, AND THUS LESS MEMBRANE MATERIAL IS REQUIRED THAN IN CURRENT MEMBRANEBASED OBIGGS FOR THE SAME OVERALL PERFORMANCE. OUR ENGINEERING CALCULATIONS SHOW THAT AN ULTRATHIN MEMBRANE WITH THE OPTIMAL CHEMISTRY WILL POTENTIALLY RESULT IN A 300-FOLD WEIGHT REDUCTION OVER CURRENT OBIGGS.

Principal Investigator:

Dwayne T Friesen
5033824100

Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Bend Research Inc.
64550 Research Rd Bend, OR 97701

EIN/Tax ID:
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No