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System for Breaking Oil-in-Water Emulsion

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Navy
Award ID:
69861
Program Year/Program:
2004 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
N032-0312
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Physical Optics Corporation
Integraged Systems Division 1845 West 205th Street Torrance, CA 90501-
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2004
Title: System for Breaking Oil-in-Water Emulsion
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N00024-04-C-4118
Award Amount: $69,994.00
 

Abstract:

The U.S. Navy has a critical need for technology to break oil-in-water emulsions in ship bilge water. This technology must have low requirements for logistic support, maintenance, and power. Conventional technologies for breaking emulsions use either a coagulant/flocculent or pH-changing chemical (acid/caustic), both technologies that require a supply and inventory of chemicals. To meet the Navy need, Physical Optics Corporation (POC) proposes to develop a new System for breaking Oil-in-Water Emulsion (SOW). The proposed SOW system will polarize oil droplets in a high-frequency electric field so the induced dipoles move in the non-uniform electrical field (dielectrophoresis). SOW will create a spatial distribution of the electrical potential in the heterogeneous media that is bilge water. In Phase I, POC will develop a theoretical model of the SOW, identify the governing parameters for the coalescence of oil droplets, formulate the qualitative relationship between the energy required and the mass of oil to be removed from the water, and develop and bench-test a preliminary SOW system. In Phase II, POC will develop and demonstrate a fieldable SOW prototype and test it in accordance with established testing protocols.

Principal Investigator:

Michael Reznikov
Senior Research Scientist
3103203088
sutama@poc.com

Business Contact:

Gordon Drew
Chief Financial Officer
3103203088
gdrew@poc.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

PHYSICAL OPTICS CORP.
Photonic Division, 20600 Gramercy Place, Bldg 100 Torrance, CA 90501

EIN/Tax ID: 330118051
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No