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Air-transportable, Caustic Production System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: F0863003C0208
Agency Tracking Number: 031-0694
Amount: $69,921.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: N/A
Award Year: 2003
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
United States
DUNS: 019677178
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Phil Hambrick
 Principal Investigator
 (502) 426-7770
Business Contact
 Gene Pate
Title: Corporate Secretary
Phone: (502) 426-7770
Research Institution

Mixed Base Hydrogen Peroxide (MHP) has been utilized and well documented in its application to Chemical Oxygen-Iodine Laser (COIL) and Airborne Laser (ABL) systems. There is, however, a need to vary recipes of a variety of solid caustics with H2O and mixthese in a system that is portable. Design of a small scale, air transportable unit, capable of mixing/blending a variety of solid caustic recipes will be completed in Phase I. This unit will be unique in its design in that the components, includinginstrumentation and controls, are sized/located in a novel manner to assure air transportability with simple and quick assembly/disassembly. Vitok has significant experience (35 years) in development of chemical processes, and incorporating these processdesigns with equipment selection to assure conformance to predetermined size constraints. Vitok has outlined a comprehensive Phase I plan for development of process and design of process system equipment to achieve good blending and mixing as well as airtransportability. This system has the capability to easily be increased in size from 3000 kg per three (3) hours (Phase I parameters) to well over twenty (20) times this volume, which would apply to commercial production and applications. The developmentof a simple and quick setup, deployable crystalline solid caustic processing system will establish a system capable of being utilized at almost any location. The initial small-scale air transportable unit developed primarily for the military will beextremely useful and beneficial to commercial companies who desire to obtain a pilot (test) facility. This facility can be set up on companies' premises to test the concept of solid caustic production and allow for long-term evaluation of the system andits products(s) to determine applicability for each commercial application.Based on the initial design and success in prototype testing, commercial scale systems can be designed and developed. This system may be skid mounted (modularized) or, more likely, scaled up to much larger sizes, which would require larger scale, andpermanently mounted components.While the government applications related to COIL and ABL and propulsion are well known, it is likely that the final products could achieve a wide variety of commercial uses in areas such as textile, polymers, foods, dairies, minerals, petrochemicals,waste water applications, and the like.

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