Low Temperature Ceramic Oxygen Generating System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: F33615-02-M-6046
Agency Tracking Number: 021HE-1062
Amount: $99,890.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2002
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Itn Energy Systems, Inc.
8130 Shaffer Pkwy, Littleton, CO, 80127
DUNS: 040245305
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Michael Schwartz
 Manager of Membrane Techn
 (303) 285-5116
Business Contact
 Rick Halbach
Title: Vice Pres Business Devel
Phone: (303) 285-1739
Email: rhalbach@itnes.com
Research Institution
"ITN Energy Systems, Inc. proposes to develop an electrically-pumped, low-temperature ceramic oxygen generating system to support aeromedical and On-Board Oxygen Generating System uses. The proposed ceramic oxygen generating system is based on ITN's novelfive-layer, monolithically integrated unit cell and incorporates an advanced, low-temperature (500-700 oC) thin-film electrolyte. In addition, the system will incorporate state-of-the-art components, including recuperators, heat exchangers, insulation andair blowers to minimize the system size and power consumption.During this Phase I program, ITN will design, fabricate and operate a ceramic oxygen generating system resulting in the characterization of a small-scale (0.1-1 liter/min) breadboard device. Experimental results will be used to gain an understanding of theperformance issues associated with the low temperature operation of a ceramic oxygen generating system. A model of the overall system will also be developed and used to optimize the system for minimum size, weight and input power. Successful completion ofPhase I will result in the demonstration of the basic ceramic oxygen generation components. Performance metrics will be determined and an overall system design for the OBOGS will be performed. The use of a thin-film, monolithically-integrated unit cellwill result in a ceramic oxygen generating system that will be more efficient and more compact than existing electrochemica

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