Demonstration of a Self-Heating Self-Hydrating Combat Ration

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911QY-07-C-0115
Agency Tracking Number: A052-196-3582
Amount: $729,590.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: A05-196
Solicitation Number: 2005.2
Small Business Information
200 Yellow Place, Pines Industrial Center, Rockledge, FL, 32955
DUNS: 175302579
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Robert P Scaringe
 PI/Research Mechanical En
 (321) 631-3550
Business Contact
 Michael Rizzo
Title: Controller
Phone: (321) 631-3550
Research Institution
A need exists to provide the individual Warfighter with hot beverages and ration components that can be heated while on the move. The current Flameless Ration Heater (FRH) provides an acceptable means for heating prepackaged shelf-stable foods that are already hydrated. However, it is inadequate for heating dehydrated rations and water for beverages. The Phase I effort evaluated numerous reactions for heating and hydrating rations. A chemical formulation was rigorously downselected for simultaneous filtration and heating of non-potable water. Mainstream demonstrated that pressure generated by the chemical heating reaction could drive nano-filtration, as well as heat the water to over 150°F, with a clean water flux equivalent to 12 fluid ounces in 15 minutes. Biocide formulations, if needed, were also developed to augment the disinfection of the non-potable water. A flexible pouch proof-of-concept device was also demonstrated, and various food rations were hydrated with water heated by the chemical reaction. The Phase II effort will finalize a robust chemical system around the Phase I formulations, perform shelf life and materials compatibility testing, design, fabricate and deliver final prototype heater/hydrator pouches to the Army, and develop the manufacturing strategy for a rapid ramp up to Phase III transition/commercialization.

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