Sub-zero Temperature, Small Form Factor, CO Oxidation Reactor for Decontamination of Pilot's Oxygen

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$79,908.00
Award Year:
2009
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N68335-09-C-0263
Agency Tracking Number:
N091-035-1502
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
MAINSTREAM ENGINEERING CORP.
200 Yellow Place, Pines Industrial Center, Rockledge, FL, 32955
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
175302579
Principal Investigator:
Joshua Sole
PI/Mechanical Engineer
(321) 631-3550
jsole@mainstream-engr.com
Business Contact:
Michael Rizzo
PI/Mechanical Engineer
(321) 631-3550
mar@mainstream-engr.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
This proposal addresses the Navy's desire for CO mitigation in the breathing oxygen supplied to aviators. The current onboard oxygen generation system (OBOGS) is ineffective at removing CO from the pilot's oxygen supply during the take-off procession when the OBOGS is operating at low pressure and ingesting significant amounts of CO from the exhaust of other aircraft. Mainstream believes that the best solution is one that has virtually zero impact on the fluid dynamics of the existing OBOGS. Some CO removal methods require substantial pressure differentials to operate and would require a complete redesign of the OBOGS. Therefore, Mainstream believes that a low-pressure-drop CO oxidation reactor (COOR) that catalytically converts CO to CO2 is the most practical solution. Mainstream has already identified a catalyst that can achieve 100% CO oxidation at temperatures as low as -50oC (-58oF) and will demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed catalyst in Phase I. Mainstream proposes to deposit the catalyst on a polymeric foam that will be the heart of the COOR unit. The COOR is approximately 1.25" in diameter and 4" long and can oxidize all of the CO ingested by the OBOGS prior to its reaching the pilot's mask.

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