Ceramic Heat Exchangers and Chemical Reactors with Micro-Scale Features for In-Situ Resource Processing

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$69,876.00
Award Year:
2005
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNJ05JB87C
Award Id:
76786
Agency Tracking Number:
041879
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
7167 Florida Boulevard, Baton Rouge, LA, 70803
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
841519098
Principal Investigator:
Andrew McCandless
(225) 578-7241
mccandless@mezzotech,net
Business Contact:
Steven McCune
Controller/Business Manager
(225) 578-7240
mccune@mezzotech.net
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
It is proposed to develop compact and lightweight ceramic heat exchangers and chemical reactors suitable for high temperature processes. These devices will have micro-scale geometric features that would result in very high heat and mass transfer rates per unit volume and per unit frontal area. The process for fabrication of these devices is based on a novel micro-machining and joining technique that promises to deliver ceramics components that can survive temperatures in excess of 1000 oC, and moderate to high pressures. As ceramics are the natural host for a large number of catalysts, the proposed devices would allow fabrication of extremely compact chemical reactors capable of operating at high temperatures. These devices can be used to thermally couple exothermic and endothermic reactions. Furthermore, temperature-sensitive reactive streams can be coupled to heat transfer streams to achieve temperature-controlled chemical reactions at high catalytic conversion and selectivity. Examples would include integrated catalytic combustor and heat exchanger, coupled catalytic combustion and steam reforming, and coupled Sabatier and Reverse Water Gas Shift reactions.

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