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MEMBRANE-BASED HIGH-PRESSURE GAS-DEHYDRATION MODULE

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
11928
Program Year/Program:
1990 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
11928
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 1
Fiscal Year: 1990
Title: MEMBRANE-BASED HIGH-PRESSURE GAS-DEHYDRATION MODULE
Agency: NASA
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $49,447.00
 

Abstract:

NASA IS DEVELOPING WATER-ELECTROLYSIS CELLS TO RECHARGE THE EXTRAVEHICULAR MOBILITY UNIT (EMU) OXYGEN BOTTLES IN FLIGHT. THESE CELLS PRODUCE HIGH-PRESSURE (UP TO 6000-PSI) OXYGEN AND HYDROGEN STREAMS SATURATED WITH WATER VAPOR. THESE GAS STREAMS MUST BE DEHYDRATED TO VERY LOW WATER-CONTENT LEVELS--TYPICALLY AT LEAST TO -70 DEGREES FAHRENHEIT DEW-POINT TEMPERATURE--TO PREVENT VALVES FROM FREEZING OR TANKS AND LINES FROM BECOMING CONTAMINATED. WE PROPOSE TO DEVELOP A NEW TYPE OF MEMBRANE MODULE THAT WILL DEHYDRATE THESE GAS STREAMS AT PRESSURE, USING NO MOVING PARTS OR EXTERNAL POWER. THE DRIVING FORCE FOR DEHYDRATION IS PROVIDED BY ALLOWING A SMALL PERCENTAGE OF THE FEED GAS TO PERMEATE THE MEMBRANE. PRELIMINARY TESTS AND CALCULATIONS INDICATE THAT THIS NEW MODULE WILL 1) HAVE LOW MASS AND BE COMPACT, 2) REQUIRE ONLY ABOUT 1% OF THE FEED GAS FOR OPERATION, AND 3) INVOLVE VIRTUALLY NO MAINTENANCE DUE TO ITS SIMPLICITY.

Principal Investigator:

Roderick J. Ray
Vice President
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Business Contact:

Walter c. babcock
PRESIDENT
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Small Business Information at Submission:

Bend Research, Inc.
64550 Research Road Bend, OR 97701

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