Optical Device for Sorting Particles by Size

Award Information
Agency: Department of Commerce
Branch: National Institute of Standards and Technology
Contract: 70NANB17H222
Agency Tracking Number: 043-01-01 (FY17)
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: 2017-NIST-SBIR-01
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2017
Award Year: 2017
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2017-07-31
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2018-01-30
Small Business Information
1201 Cumberland Avenue , Suite R, West Lafayette, IN, 47906
DUNS: 944533009
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Yudaya Sivathanu
 (765) 497-3269
 sivathan@enurga.com
Business Contact
 Yudaya Sivathanu
Phone: (765) 497-3269
Email: sivathan@enurga.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
This Small Business Innovation Research Phase 1 project will evaluate the feasibility of an innovative optical sizer for estimating drop sizes in sprays that have very small drops. The technique is based on the NIST provisional patent (application number 62/358,264). The NIST invention sorts particles by size over the range of 10nm to 10μm. Drop sizing is achieved in these sprays using an intense standing wave optical field created in a laser-pumped resonant optical cavity, and sending the spray in a laminar flow through the optical field. During the Phase I project, En’Urga Inc. will undertake three tasks. The first task will be to configure a laboratory system to evaluate the technical feasibility of the optical drop sizer. The second task will be to evaluate the laboratory system using spray experiments. The last task will be to design a commercial prototype system for the Phase II work. During the Phase II work, En'Urga Inc. will design and develop a prototype drop sizer. The drop sizer will be rigorously evaluated before commercialization of the system can commence.

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