STTR Phase I: Particle Sorting via Aerodynamic Vectoring

Award Information
Agency:
National Science Foundation
Amount:
$99,980.00
Program:
STTR
Contract:
0512525
Solitcitation Year:
2004
Solicitation Number:
NSF 04-604
Branch:
N/A
Award Year:
2005
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
0512525
Solicitation Topic Code:
MI
Small Business Information
Castlerock Engineering
1252 Cedar Heights, Logan, UT, 84341
Hubzone Owned:
Y
Woman Owned:
Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
N/A
Principal Investigator
 Angela Minichiello
 Ms.
 (435) 757-6294
 aminichiello@castlerockengineering.com
Business Contact
 Angela Minichiello
Phone: (435) 753-4370
Email: angela.minichiello@sdl.usu.edu
Research Institution
 Utah State University
 Barton L Smith
 Old Main Hill UMC 2400
Logan, UT, 84322
 (435) 797-3278
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
This Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase I project presents a new, non-contact method for sorting particles by size. The primary objective of Phase I activities is to evaluate the technical and commercial feasibility of a particle sorter based upon Aerodynamic Vectoring. This objective will be accomplished in an air jet facility through high-speed imaging and optical particle tracking, to determine the operational limits of such a device and achievable particle sorting accuracy. It is anticipated that an optimal arrangement of flow parameters can be determined so as to substantiate sorting accuracy across a wide range of particle sizes and flow rates, thus, validating feasibility of this device. A particle sorter based upon Aerodynamic Vectoring has the potential for considerable commercial value. Its range of applications, which include powder material processing, sample concentration, cell sorting, and air quality monitoring, is broad.

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