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Low Cost Electrostatic Cyclone for Aerosol Collection and Concentration

Award Information
Agency: Department of Homeland Security
Branch: N/A
Contract: NBCHC040100
Agency Tracking Number: 04110377
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: N/A
Award Year: 2004
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
350 Hills Street, Richland, WA, 99352
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Patricia Irving
 President and Chief Executive Officer
 (509) 375-1093
Business Contact
 Kathyrn Rightor
Phone: (509) 375-1093
Research Institution
InnovaTek proposes to develop an advanced, low cost aerosol collector/concentrator that utilizes electrostatic precipitation and cyclonic impingement with a virtual impactor pre-concentrator that will have >90% collection efficiency while operating at 1000 LPM using less than 50 watts of power. Technology will be designed on the basis of first principles and computational fluid dynamics modeling. Components will be fabricated using 3-dimensional CAD drawings based on models and calculations. During Phase I several mini-collector prototypes will be designed and fabricated to test our theories and establish feasibility of the scaled-up system. Variables to be examined include electric field intensity, central electrode diameter, deposition cylinder diameter and length, cyclone inlet size, and liquid impingement methodology. System efficiency will be determined using aerosolized particles and microorganisms. Power requirements and ease of manufacturing will also be considered. Final component geometries and operating parameters will be selected on the basis of performance and estimated manufacturing costs. At the end of Phase I a scaled-up design, to be fabricated and tested during Phase II will be delivered.

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