Microwave New Emission Control Technology for Hydrazine Fuels

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 41019
Amount: $99,996.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1998
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
372 W. Lyon Street, Laramie, WY, 82072
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Chang Yul Cha
 (307) 742-2829
Business Contact
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Research Institution
The proposed program has the potential to completely eliminate water-borne hydrazine using a new and novel approach. Currently, wet air oxidation is the most popular method used. This novel approach uses 2450 MHz microwave energy to decompose hydrazine and related compounds in a water solution. We have discovered that microwave energy couples directly to hydrazine in water solution resulting in complete selective decomposition of the hydrazine to harmless hydrogen and nitrogen. This direct decomposition takes place at ambient conditions, thereby significantly reducing the capital and operating costs. The CHA process can be added onto existing water scrubbers and produces no additional waste material. The process is based on the use of carbon adsorbents to capture both the contaminants from the water phase and microwave energy. The hydrogen product is oxidized to water before being vented to he air. In Phase I of the proposed approach, the CHA Corporation will demonstrate the technical and economic feasibility of the process. Phase II will be devoted to developing and implementing the proposed approach. We will design and construct a full scale operational prototype and will demonstrate the effectiveness of the process with Hydrazine, Mono-methyl Hydrazine, and Unsymmetrical Di-Methyl Hydrazine.

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