FUEL TANK ULLAGE VAPOR ANALYZER

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$75,000.00
Award Year:
1987
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
n/a
Award Id:
3745
Agency Tracking Number:
3745
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Po Box 145, Berkeley Heights, NJ, 07922
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Dr John A Brown
(201) 647-6890
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
THE VAPOR SPACE INSIDE AN AIRCRAFT FUEL TANK EITHER IS OR IS NOT FLAMMABLE (OR EXPLOSIVE) DEPENDING UPON THE PERCENTAGE OF FUEL VAPOR AND OF OXYGEN OF INERT GAS SUCH AS NITROGEN OR CARBON DIOXIDE. IT IS IMPORTANT TO KNOW THESE PERCENTAGES WHEN TESTING THE EFFICACY OF EXPERIMENTAL INERTING MEASURES BY FIRING LIVE ROUNDS AT TEST TANKS; BUT THERE IS NO FAST, CONVENIENT, FIELD METHOD OF MEASURING THE PERCENTAGES. THIS PROJECT PROPOSES TO ASSESS THE FEASIBILITY OF MEASURING THE PERCENTAGES OF FUEL VAPOR, OXYGEN, NITROGEN AND PERHAPS CARBON DIOXIDE IN REAL TIME OUT IN THE FIELD BY A COMBINATION OF TWO INNOVATIVE GAS CHROMATOGRAPHS THAT HAVE BEEN DEVELOPED IN THIS LABORATORY. THE INNOVATION LIES PARTLY IN CIRCUITRY THAT CONFERS BASELINE STABILITY AND ALMOST INSTANT WARM-UP, AND PARTLY IN ENGINEERING OF THE SEPARATION COLUMNS. THE TWO CHROMATOGRAPHS HAVE BEEN WELL DEMONSTRATED SEPARATELY, BUT THE FEASIBILITY OF COMBINING THEM INTO A FIELD PACKAGE REMAINS TO BE SHOWN.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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