Applying Fine Water Mist (FWM) Technologies to Replace HFP Systems on New Construction Ships

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00024-06-C-4116
Agency Tracking Number: N031-0883
Amount: $930,041.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2003
Solicitation Topic Code: N03-089
Solicitation Number: 2003.1
Small Business Information
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Principal Investigator
 Gerard Back
 Senior Engineer
 (410) 737-8677
Business Contact
 Joseph Scheffey
Title: Director, RDT&E
Phone: (410) 737-8677
Research Institution
As a follow-on to the DDG 51 Phase I SBIR, PMS 500 and NAVSEA 05P4 are pursuing the goal of replacing all Heptafluoropropane (HFP) gaseous agent systems on future ships with water mist. More specifically, for use in marine gas turbine enclosures and flammable liquid storerooms. The objectives of the Phase II effort will be to address the technical issues associated with the use of water mist in turbine enclosures and flammable liquid storerooms, and to develop and optimize water mist systems for these applications. The preliminary designs developed Hughes Associates, Inc. (HAI) during the Phase I effort and will serve as the starting point for the Phase II program. The proposed approach is outlined as follows: • Identify the performance requirements of the system for the specific application. • Develop a detailed engineering design and design manual for implementing water mist in this application. • Conduct the necessary fire tests to bound, optimize and then validate the performance and capabilities of the prototype system. • Develop a detailed cost/benefit analysis for implementing the new systems. • Develop a detailed “Safety Case” to help establish the appropriate USCG/ABS approvals for commercialization.

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