SELECTIVE ELIMINATION OF WASTE IN A METAL FINISHING OPERATION

Award Information
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 21549
Amount: $165,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1994
Solitcitation Year: N/A
Solitcitation Topic Code: N/A
Solitcitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Ionedge Corp.
1713 Hull St, Fort Collins, CO, 80526
Duns: N/A
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Mr Mandar Sunthankar
 (303) 223-0665
Business Contact
Phone: () -
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
CHROMATE CONVERSION COATINGS ARE ROUTINELY APPLIED TO CADMIUM IN ELECTROPLATING. THIS METAL FINISHING PROCESS GENERATES LARGE QUANTITIES OF HAZARDOUS HEXAVALENT CHROMIUM AND HEAVY-METAL WASTE. THIS IS A MAJOR ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERN. CONSEQUENTLY, AN ENVIRONMENTALLY BENIGN COATING FINISH IS PROPOSED AS A SUITABLE ALTERNATIVE TO THE CHROMAT CONVERSION COATING. THIS COATING WILL BE APPLIED USING THE UNIQUE DRY PLATING PROCESS DEVELOPED AT IONEDGE CORPORATION. THIS BENIGN MATERIAL WILL ELIMINATE CHROMIUM WASTE IN CADMIUM PLATING. SIMULTANEOUSLY, THE DRY PLATING WILL ELIMINATE LIQUIDS, AND WILL IN SITU RECYCLE SOLID CADMIUM. IN THIS RESEARCH, THE FEASIBILITY OF APPLYING A DESIRED QUALITY OF THIS MATERIAL TO THE DRY PLATED CADMIUM WILL BE INVESTIGATED. VARIATION IN ITS PHYSICAL PROPERTIES RELATED TO THE PROCESSING CONDITIONS WILL BE STUDIED. A SUCCESSFUL DEMONSTRATION OF THIS NEW CONCEPT COULD RESULT IN TOTAL ELIMINATION OF HAZARDOUS LIQUIDS IN A CADMIUM PLATING OPERATION. IN ADDITION, THE DRY PLATING WILL MINIMIZE SOLID WASTE.

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