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Fine Water Mist Fire Suppression for Oxidizer Fires

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Department of Defense
Missile Defense Agency
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2005 / 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 2
Fiscal Year: 2005
Title: Fine Water Mist Fire Suppression for Oxidizer Fires
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Contract: HQ0006-05-C-7262
Award Amount: $749,999.00


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 collaborated in Phase I to design , build and demonstrate the ability of a novel fine water mist system to extinguish target fires enhanced with the addition of an oxidizer. The Modular Effervescent Atomizer System (MEAS) features 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 successfully extinguished test fires at Tyndall AFB in a proof-of-concept test event. In Phase II we plan to upgrade and improve the performance of the system, demonstrating its fire suppression capabilities in a mock-up of the Airborne Laser aircraft cabin. We have improved the project team with the addition of a commercial supplier of aircraft fire suppression systems to provide technical insight into the operating environment. Advanced prototypes will be built and tested at Tyndall AFB under the Phase II project. ADA will also develop a plan to take this novel technology into the commercial fire suppression market to protect flammable liquid storage spaces and chemical plants.

Principal Investigator:

James Butz
Vice President of Operations

Business Contact:

Clifton H. Brown, Jr.
Small Business Information at Submission:

Ada Technologies, Inc.
8100 Shaffer Parkway Littleton, CO 80127

EIN/Tax ID: 840984053
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
1500 Illinois S
Golden, CO 80401
Contact: J. T. McKinnon
Contact Phone: (303) 273-3098
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university