SBIR Phase I: Replacement of Toxic and Polluting Cleaning Processes Using Vacuum Cycle Nucleation

Award Information
Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$140,050.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
0945074
Award Id:
98832
Agency Tracking Number:
0945074
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
CT4
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
40 Minnesota Ave., Warwick, RI, 02888
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
783909013
Principal Investigator:
Stuart Raifman
MS
(401) 732-6677
sraifman@metfabtech.com
Business Contact:
Stuart Raifman
MS
(401) 732-6677
sraifman@metfabtech.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project will develop a vacuum-based cleaning process that relies on the tendency of vapor bubbles to form at surface crevices where contaminate particles lodge. Upon implosion, the bubbles release a large amount of localized energy meant to dislodge particles. By focusing energy at the surface, less energy is required than in processes which add a lot of heat or energy equally across the entire solvent stream. The broader societal/commercial impact of this project will be to reduce the amount of chemicals, energy, and water required for cleaning parts. It also reduces the need for hazardous cleaning solvents which create environmental and health risks. Potential applications for this cleaning process range from auto to medical and semiconductor parts.

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