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Breathing Air Manifold For Air Quality Sampling (19-RD-156)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-19-P-6068
Agency Tracking Number: F191-016-0019
Amount: $150,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF191-016
Solicitation Number: 19.1
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2019
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2019-08-19
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2020-08-19
Small Business Information
4401 Dayton-Xenia Road
Dayton, OH 45432
United States
DUNS: 074689217
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: Yes
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Daniel Reilly
 Technical Program Manager
 (937) 426-6900
 dreilly@ues.com
Business Contact
 Louise Tincher
Phone: (937) 426-6900
Email: ltincher@ues.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract

In recent years, Department of Defense (DoD) readiness has been negatively impacted due to increased reports of unidentified physiological events (UPE’s) during and after fixed-wing flight missions and training. One potential cause of such UPE’s is chemical contamination in pilot breathing air. A gap remains in the development of a standardized and manufacturable investigative device to rapidly measure and quantify pilot breathing air constituents during engine ground runs. UES engineers seek to design a portable comprehensive air quality and chemical contamination assessment device capable of quantifying pilot breathing air constituents using a variety of techniques including: time-stamped thermal desorption tube sequencing, modular media for laboratory analysis, real-time gas and thermodynamic sensors arrays, and ultrafine particle characterization methods. Current prototypes were used in the field extensively by UES engineers to clear various F-35 and T-6 II aircraft from "grounded" status but were not optimized for manufacturability, ease-of-use, or reliability. An optimized and upgraded version of the prototype is required to enable widespread technology transition, thus providing the bandwidth for rapid chemical constituent investigation post-UPE and a rich data stream for epidemiological, toxicological, biological, and physiologic investigations. This Phase I work will culminate in designs for the aforementioned device.

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