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FREON-TYPE, SOLVENT-RECYCLING SPRAY BOOTH

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
14965
Program Year/Program:
1992 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
14965
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Membrane Technology and Research, Inc.
39630 Eureka Drive Newark, CA 94560
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 1992
Title: FREON-TYPE, SOLVENT-RECYCLING SPRAY BOOTH
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $356,140.00
 

Abstract:

THIS PROPOSAL DESCRIBES THE DESIGN OF A SOLVENT SPRAY BOOTH THAT USES A MEMBRANE SYSTEM TO RECOVER AND RECYCLE SOLVENT. SOLVENT SPRAY CLEANING AND SOLVENT DEGREASING SYSTEMS ARE WIDELY USED IN A NUMBER OF CRITICAL CLEANING APPLICATIONS IN THE AEROSPACE INDUSTRY. CLEANING BOOTHS USE CFC-113, 1,1,1-TRICHLOROETHANE AND VARIOUS HCFC SOLVENTS. EMISSION OF THESE SOLVENT VAPORS TO THE ATMOSPHERE IS NO LONGER ACCEPTABLE. THE AIR FORCE IS INTERESTED IN DEVELOPING SOLVENT SPRAY BOOTH/VAPOR DEGREASER SYSTEMS THAT CONTAIN THE SOLVENTS AND CAN RECYCLE ANY VAPORS PRODUCED BACK TO THE SYSTEM. MEMBRANE TECHNOLOGY AND RESEARCH, INC. (MTR) HAS BEEN DEVELOPING MEMBRANE-BASED CFC/AIR SEPARATION SYSTEMS FOR SEVERAL YEARS AND HAS INSTALLED A NUMBER OF SMALL COMMERCIAL UNITS. THESE UNITS ARE ABLE TO REMOVE 98-99% OF CFC VAPORS FROM EFFLUENT AIR STREAMS, PRODUCING A CONCENTRATED CFC-CONTAINING PERMEATE STREAM THAT CAN BE RECYCLED. MTR BELIEVES THAT MEMBRANE-BASED SOLVENT RECOVERY UNITS OF THIS TYPE WOULD FORM AN IDEAL BASIS FOR THE ENVIRONMENTALLY ACCEPTABLE SYSTEMS THAT DOD REQUIRES. MEMBRANE TECHNOLOGY HAS MANY COMPELLING ADVANTAGES OVER CARBON ADSORPTION OR CRYOGENIC RECOVERY. IN THE PHASE I PORTION OF THIS PROGRAM, MTR PROPOSES TO SELECT AN EXISTING SPRAY BOOTH/VAPOR DEGREASER SYSTEM THAT CAN BE MODIFIED TO ACCEPT A TAILOR-MADE MEMBRANE SOLVENT RECOVERY AND RECYCLE SYSTEM. A COMPLETE DESIGN FOR THIS UNIT INCLUDING APPROPRIATE EMISSIONS MONITORING INSTRUMENTATION WILL BE PREPARED. IN THE PHASE II PROGRAM, THE COMPLETE UNIT WOULD BE CONSTRUCTED AND EVALUATED, FIRST IN THE LABORATORY AND LATER AT A DOD SITE. IT IS ESTIMATED THAT UP TO 300,000 TONS OF SOLVENT ARE EMITTED BY SOLVENT-CLEANING OPERATIONS ANNUALLY. A SPRAY BOOTH FITTED WITH MEMBRANE SYSTEMS TO ESSENTIALLY ELIMINATE SOLVENT EMISSIONS AND RECOVER THE SOLVENT FOR REUSE WOULD FIND NUMEROUS APPLICATIONS THROUGHOUT THE AEROSPACE, ELECTRONICS, PHARMACEUTICAL, AND OTHER "HIGH-TECH" INDUSTRIES.

Principal Investigator:

Jurgen Kaschemekat
Principal Investigator
4153282228

Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Membrane Technology And Resear
1360 Willow Road Suite 103 Menlo Park, CA 94025

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