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Application of Frost Prevention in Food Processing Equipment

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Agriculture
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
55120
Program Year/Program:
2001 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
2001-03285
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
ATEC, Inc.
7100 Baltimore Avenue, Suite 204 College Park, MD -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2001
Title: Application of Frost Prevention in Food Processing Equipment
Agency: USDA
Contract: 2001-33610-11099
Award Amount: $0.00
 

Abstract:

Advanced Thermal and Environmental Concepts, Inc. proposes to utilize electrohydrodynamic (EHD) technology to reduce the amount of frost that forms on cold plates in food freezers. The defrost cycle consumes about 5-15% of the energy to operate an industrial food freezer. During Phase I of our project, we used EHD technology to reduce frost mass by 35% and frost height by as mush as 65% under certain conditions. In order to reduce frost formation with EHD technology to an even greater extent, we will optimize further the EHD electrode design and configuration and applied voltage waveforms. Our proposal includes a plan for an on-line measurement system to provide reliable data in an accelerated manner. We will conduct several long-term tests in order to select among the most promising electrode configurations and the performance of this selected electrode will then be more fully quantified and evaluated. Finally, a prototype frost-free freezer, installed with the selected electrode, will be designed, fabricated and tested. Approximately 24 months are required to complete Phase II.

Principal Investigator:

John Lawler
3019313221
j.lawler@atec-ahx.com

Business Contact:

John Lawler
President and Technical Director
3019313221
j.lawler@atec-ahx.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Advanced Thermal and Environmental Concepts, Inc.
Myers Building 806, Rm 4107D College Park, MD 20742

EIN/Tax ID: 521926739
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No