DEVELOPMENT OF A MEMBRANE-BASED COMPRESSED-AIR DEHYDRATOR

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$500,000.00
Award Year:
1988
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
5592
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Bend Research Inc.
64550 Research Rd, Bend, OR, 97701
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Roderick J Ray
(503) 382-4100
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
THE NAVY HAS A NEED FOR A RELIABLE, COMPACT, AND ENERGY-EFFICIENT COMPRESSED-AIR DEHYDRATION SYSTEM. WE PROPOSE TO DEVELOP SUCH A SYSTEM BASED ON SYNTHETIC MEMBRANE TECHNOLOGY. PRELIMINARY EXPERIMENTAL AND DESIGN STUDIES AT BEND RESEARCH INDICATE THAT IT IS POSSIBLE TO DEVELOP MEMBRANES AND MEMBRANE MODULES DESIGNED SPECIFICALLY FOR THIS APPLICATION--RESULTING IN A SYSTEM THAT CONTAINS ONLY ABOUT 20 FT2 OF MEMBRANE. AT THE HEART OF THIS SYSTEM IS A NEW TYPE OF MEMBRANE MODULE THAT OVERCOMES THE MAJOR SHORTCOMINGS OF CONVENTIONAL MEMBRANE MODULES WHEN USED FOR AIR DEHUMIDIFICATION. FOR THE PHASE I PROGRAM WE PROPOSE TO INVESTIGATE THE FEASIBILITY OF DEVELOPING THESE OPTIMIZED MEMBRANES AND MEMBRANE MODULES AND TO DELIVER A PREPROTOTYPE MODULE; UNDER PHASE II WE WILL BUILD AND DELIVER A FULL PROTOTYPE THAT WILL BE THE MODEL FOR COMMERCIAL PRODUCTION IN PHASE III.

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