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Fine Water Mist Fire Suppression for Oxidizer Fires

Award Information

Department of Defense
Missile Defense Agency
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Program Year/Program:
2004 / STTR
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Small Business Information
ADA Technologies, Inc.
8100 Shaffer Parkway Suite #130 Littleton, CO -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2004
Title: Fine Water Mist Fire Suppression for Oxidizer Fires
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Contract: FA4819-04-C-0022
Award Amount: $99,999.00


Fine water mist has been shown to be an effective fire suppression option in a number of applications, including oxidizer fires, such as could result from an incident with hydrogen peroxide. ADA Technologies, Inc. and the Colorado School of Mines will collaborate in the development of a novel system for this application, building and demonstrating a fine water mist system that uses a patented atomizer designed to generate droplets in the size range found to be most effective for fire suppression, about 30 microns in diameter. The system is modular, and configured for easy maintenance and recharge. In Phase I we will evaluate system performance in multiple configurations to determine that which is most effective against the target fire threat. Several variants to the system will be included in the test matrix, to assess their ability to enhance fire suppression performance. Tests will be conducted in a 10-foot cube test facility. In Phase II the modular effervescent atomizer system will be adapted to aircraft use, with the help of a partner experienced in military hardware integration. ADA will also develop a plan to commercialize his novel fire suppression technology to protect flammable liquid storage spaces and chemical plants.

Principal Investigator:

James Butz
Chief Engineer

Business Contact:

Clifton H. Brown
Small Business Information at Submission:

8100 Shaffer Parkway, Suite #130 Littleton, CO 80127

EIN/Tax ID: 840984053
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
Colorado School of Mines
1500 Illinois Street
Golden, CO 80401
Contact: Phillip Romig
Contact Phone: (303) 273-3255
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university