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IMPROVED AUTOMATED ANALYZER FOR SILT DENSITY INDEX

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Army
Award ID:
8418
Program Year/Program:
1990 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
8418
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Chemetek
Rt #3 - Box 235 C Astoria, OR 97103
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 1990
Title: IMPROVED AUTOMATED ANALYZER FOR SILT DENSITY INDEX
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $70,288.00
 

Abstract:

EXCESSIVE RATES OF RO (REVERSE OSMOSIS) FOULING MAY REQUIRE FREQUENT RO ELEMENT REPLACEMENT, WHICH IS BOTH EXPENSIVE AND TIME CONSUMING. THE OPERATIONAL EFFECTIVENESS OF PRETREATMENT PROCESSES TO REMOVE COLLOIDS AND ORGANIC MATERIALS CAN BE MONITORED USING SDI (SILT DENSITY INDEX). THE FIELD ARMY FOR OPERATION OF THEIR ROWPU (REVERSE OSMOSIS WATER PURIFICATION UNITS) WANTS A PRACTICAL MEANS OF SDI MEASUREMENT THAT IS FAST, ACCURATE, AND FACILE. EXISTING AUTOMATED FILTER PLUGGING MONITORS HAVE PROVEN THEIR VALUE IN ESTIMATING FOULING POTENTIAL, BUT THE USE OF FILTER TAPE IN THESE MONITORS HAS INCREASED THEIR MECHANICAL COMPLEXITY, INCREASED THEIR COST, AND DECREASED THEIR FLEXIBILITY TO UTILIZE ALTERNATE FILTER TYPES. SEVERAL NOVEL APPROACHES TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF A MORE PRACTICAL, ACCURATE, AND FLEXIBLE AFPA (AUTOMATED FILTER PLUGGING ANALYZER) WILL BE INVESTIGATED. SUCCESSFUL USE OF DISPOSABLE, READY-TO-USE FILTER MODULES FOR SDI MEASUREMENT WOULD ELIMINATE THE AFOREMENTIONED DISADVANTAGES OF FILTER TAPE. MEASUREMENT AND ANALYSIS OF THE ENTIRE FILTRATION FLOW DECLINE CURVE WOULD ALLOW THE SDI DETERMINATION TO BE COMPLETED FASTER AND PROVIDE SDI ERROR ESTIMATES. HIGH FILTRATION PRESSURE AND SELECTION OF ALTERNATE FILTER TYPES COULD ALSO INCREASE SDI ANALYSIS SPEED AND ACCURACY. A PRACTICAL, INEXPENSIVE AFPA WOULD HAVE WIDE APPLICABILITY TO HELP MAKE RO WATER PRODUCTION MORE EFFICIENT AND ECONOMICAL.

Principal Investigator:

Dr John W Kaakinen
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Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Chemetek
Rt #3 - Box 235 C Astoria, OR 97103

EIN/Tax ID: 931031896
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No