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Electric Fields Enhancement of Water Mist Fire Suppresion Technologies

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
32322
Program Year/Program:
1996 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
32322
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
HUGHES ASSOC., INC.
3610 Commerce Drive, Suite 817 Baltimore, MD 21227 0165
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 1996
Title: Electric Fields Enhancement of Water Mist Fire Suppresion Technologies
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $99,938.00
 

Abstract:

The application of electric charge to fire suppression water mist sprays and the subsequent application of an electric field to the compartment being protected can result in enhanced aerodynamic lifetimes of water mist droplets. This reduces the loss of mist by gravitational effect, thus increasing the mist concentration while lowering water supply demand. Further, by engineering the electric field the mist concentration beneath obstructions can be enhanced to improve the performance of mist systems for these critical regions of the compartment. Prototype hardware will be developed and tested in a moderate scale fire test enclosure. Mist concentration/particle size distributions will be measured throughout the compartment with and without the application of the electrical field. Heptane pool fires will be located at various positions in the test compartment to evaluate the value of the electrical charge in efficiently extinguishing fires throughout the compartment.

Principal Investigator:

Craig L. Beyler, Ph.d.
4107378677

Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Hughes Associates, Inc.
3610 Commerce Drive Baltimore, MD 21227

EIN/Tax ID: 521199515
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No