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Analysis & Adaptation of Advanced Fischer Tropsch Catalyst Structures and…

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Navy
Award ID:
85110
Program Year/Program:
2008 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
N074-027-0054
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
IntraMicron Inc
368 Industry Drive Auburn, AL 36832-4273
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2008
Title: Analysis & Adaptation of Advanced Fischer Tropsch Catalyst Structures and Resulting BOP Reductions to Fulfill Future Navy Fuel Needs
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N00014-07-M-0393
Award Amount: $70,000.00
 

Abstract:

Microfibrous Entrapped Catalysts (MFEC) are proposed for detailed analysis to determine their potential to meet future Navy fuel needs by means of highly selective Fischer Tropsch Synthesis (FTS). MFEC are comprised of small grains of supported catalysts (ca. 10-200 micron diameter) entrapped within sinter-locked networks of micron diameter metal fibers. Metal fibers comprise only 5-10 vol% of the solid matrix, yet increase effective thermal conductivity by 3 to 12 times compared to packed beds. High conductivity catalysts in a variety of reactor structures will be investigated as a means to reduce hot spots and thereby improve FTS selectivity. Improved selectivity and reduced downstream post-processing are critical to reductions in the Balance of Plant (BOP). Reduced BOP improves modularity and ease of deployment. MFEC are readily manufacturable and provide high effective heat transfer and high intraparticle & intrabed mass transport. MFEC combine the beneficial attributes of orientation independent "frozen fluidized beds" as well as "fixed slurry beds" not requiring difficult catalyst-product separations. Process modeling will also be conducted to determine those catalyst structures, reactor types, operating conditions, and integrated designs which have the greatest impact on feed flexibility, product selectivity, process robustness, modularity, thermodynamic efficiency, annualized operating costs, and BOP.

Principal Investigator:

Bruce J. Tatarchuk
Professor & CM3 Director
3348442023
tatarbj@auburn.edu

Business Contact:

John Stein
CEO
2052498365
jstein@intramicron.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

INTRAMICRON, INC.
P.O. Box 59586 Birmingham, AL 35259

EIN/Tax ID: 943424248
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
AUBURN UNIV.
316 Ross Hall
Auburn University, AL 36849
Contact: Bruce Tatarchuk
Contact Phone: (334) 844-2023
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university