A Field Deployable MDA Analyzer

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8100-19-P-0008
Agency Tracking Number: F191-028-0674
Amount: $150,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF191-028
Solicitation Number: 2019.1
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2019
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2019-08-01
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2020-08-01
Small Business Information
2501 Earl Rudder Freeway South, College Station, TX, 77845
DUNS: 184758308
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Dr. Bikas Vaidya
 (979) 764-2200
 bikas.vaidya@lynntech.com
Business Contact
 Ms. Alexandra Caterina
Phone: (979) 764-2200
Email: contract@lynntech.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Trace level metals such as copper in aviation turbine fuel can significantly accelerate thermal instability of the fuel, leading to oxidation and production of detrimental insoluble deposits in the engine.The primary method of correcting the issue is through the addition of a metal deactivator additive (MDA) into the fuel.Because of its surface activity and adsorptive properties, MDA may be reduced in concentration as the fuel is handled.Consequently, reduced concentrations of MDA may be insufficient to prevent accelerated autoxidation reactions.However, MDA concentrations above 5.7 mg/L can be detrimental.Therefore, ability to accurately measure MDA concentration in aviation fuel is very important.Current process for testing MDA requires fuel samples to be collected and shipped to a regional laboratory, which can take 2-10 days for results.During this time, fuel inventories and fuel servicing equipment are placed in a quality hold status, preventing the ability to support mission requirements.To address the critical need Lynntech proposes to develop a convenient field deployable colorimetric MDA analyzer based on a handheld battery powered colorimeter.This technology allows for rapid and accurate measurement of MDA in fuel samples onsite, eliminating the wait period and the need for highly skilled personnel.

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