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Advanced Recirculation Tumble Dryer

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Department of Defense
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2011 / SBIR
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Physical Optics Corporation
CA Torrance, CA 90501-1510
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2011
Title: Advanced Recirculation Tumble Dryer
Agency: DOD
Contract: N00189-11-P-Z084
Award Amount: $69,991.00


Navy shipboard laundry dryers are major sources of shipboard fires because lint can ignite in the exhaust ductwork. Existing ductless tumble dryers are low capacity and energy-inefficient. To address the Navy"s need for an energy-efficient, fire-safe, and ductless tumbler dryer, Physical Optics Corporation (POC) proposes to develop a new Advanced Recirculation Tumble Dryer (ART-Dryer). This proposed machine will be an upgrade of the existing military tumbler-dryer, based on the unique integration of existing technologies in a new design. This innovation in condenser and heater design will enable the ART-Dryer to increase the drying rate and extract water without cooling the entire airflow. As a result, this technology reduces the temperature in the tumbler with significantly improved drying (~30%) and energy efficiency (~40%), and completely eliminates any ductwork, which addresses the NAVSUP requirements for novel shipboard clothes dryers. In Phase I, POC will demonstrate the feasibility of the ART-Dryer by computer-aided modeling and building of a conceptual prototype to determine its ability to meet all Navy requirements. In Phase II, POC plans to collaborate with the prime, EDCO Corp., to develop an ART-Dryer prototype for operational testing and evaluation at the production site with subsequent shipboard trials arranged by the Navy.

Principal Investigator:

Michael Reznikov
Principal Scientist
(310) 320-3088

Business Contact:

Gordon Drew
Chief Financial Officer
(310) 320-3088
Small Business Information at Submission:

Physical Optics Corporation
Electro-Optics Systems Division Bldg. 100 Torrance, CA -

EIN/Tax ID: 330118051
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No