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GENERATING SYSTEMS

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
4140
Program Year/Program:
1986 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
4140
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Merix Corp
77 Charles Street Needham, MA 02194
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 1986
Title: GENERATING SYSTEMS
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $75,000.00
 

Abstract:

MEMBRANE BASED INERT GAS GENERATING SYSTEMS FOR INERTING OF FUEL TANK ULLAGE SPACE TO CARRY A LOWER AIRCRAFT PENALTY THAN SYSTEMS BASED ON MOLECULAR SIEVES AND SYSTEMS BASED ON STORAGE OF CRYOGENIC NITROGEN. WITH CURRENT TECHNOLOGY, APPROXIMATELY 30 LBS OF MEMBRANE MATERIAL ARE NECESSARY PER LB/MIN OF INERT GAS REQUIRED. MERIX PROPOSES A NEW APPROACH FOR PRODUCING A COMPOSITE AIR SEPARATION MEMBRANE WITH IMPROVED FLUX AND SELECTIVITY, WHICH SHOULD REDUCE REQUIRED MATERIAL WEIGHT BY AN ORDER OF MAGNITUDE. IN THIS APPROACH, AN ULTRA-THIN SELECTIVE BARRIER IS DEPOSITED VIA GLOW-DISCHARGE ONTO A HIGH-FLUX MATERIAL UNDERCOAT SUPPORTED BY A PROOUS SUBSTRATE. EXTENSIVE WORK PERFORMED BY MERIX HAS DEMONSTRATED THE FEASIBILITY OF THIS APPROACH, AND HAS LED TO THE CONCEPTION OF A NOVEL GLOW DISCHARGE PROCESS WHICH SHOULD ENABLE SUBSTANTIAL IMPROVEMENTS IN BOTH SELECTIVITY AND PERMEABILITY OF MEMBRANE MODULES FOR O(2)/N(2) SEPARATION. THIS PHASE I PROPOSAL OUTLINES A PROGRAM FOR THE INVESTIGATION OF THIS NOVEL PROCESS, THE OPTIMIZATION OF THE MERIX COMPOSITE MEMBRANE, AND THE FABRICATION OF A LABORATORY SCALE TEST UNIT.

Principal Investigator:

Dr thomas w mix
6172356630

Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Merix Corp
192 Worcester St Wellesley, MA 02181

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