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Closed Loop Waste Processing Dryer (DRYER)

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
72076
Program Year/Program:
2004 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
030101
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Orbital Technologies Corporation (ORBITE
Space Center, 1212 Fourier Drive Madison, WI -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2004
Title: Closed Loop Waste Processing Dryer (DRYER)
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNJ04JC45C
Award Amount: $99,996.00
 

Abstract:

The objective of this proposal is to develop a gravity-independent pasteurization and hot air drying process suitable for stabilization of ALS wet cabin waste, drying of crew laundry, and water recovery from water-reprocessing brines. This dryer will use an energy-efficient closed air-loop Heat Pump Desiccant dryer to remove moisture from wet starting material and a Porous Membrane Condensing Heat Exchanger (PMCHX) to trap condensate. Water recovered during drying should be of good quality and available for reuse with standard processing. The process is energy efficient since enthalpy released by the condensing vapor is used to reheat the drying air. Volatile organic compounds are contained throughout the drying process. The system could incorporate a photocatalytic oxidation system to remove VOCs accumulated during drying. The key objective for the PMCHX is to extend its range of application from low-load humidity control in plant growth chambers to high-load condenser duty at up to 80?C air temperature and at temperatures varying over a 40?C range during a single drying run. Since the presence of organics in the condensate, and the predicted condenser temperatures of 5-40?C are conditions favorable to biofilm growth, PMCHX membranes will need to be configured to inhibit the formation of biofilms.

Principal Investigator:

Robert C. Morrow
Principal Investigator
morrowr@orbitec.com

Business Contact:

Thomas Crabb
Business Official
6088275000
johnsond@orbitec.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Orbital Technologies Corp
Space Center, 1212 Fourier Drive Madison, WI 53717

EIN/Tax ID: 391628664
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
Cornell University, Office of Sponsored Programs
120 Day Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853
Contact: Linda Brainard
Contact Phone: (607) 255-5014
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university