ADVANCED VACUUM INSULATION FOR REFRIGERATED SHIPPING CONTAINERS

Award Information
Agency: Department of Transportation
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 14137
Amount: $50,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1990
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Re/spec Inc
4775 Indian School Rd Ne, Suite 300, Albuquerque, NM, 87110
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 K Thomas Feldman Jr
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Research Institution
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Abstract
A RESEARCH PROGRAM IS PROPOSED TO DETERMINE THE FEASIBILITY OF USING ADVANCED VACUUM INSULATIONS TO IMPROVE THE PRODUCTIVITY OF REFRIGERATED SHIPPING CONTAINERS WHILE AVOIDING THE ENVIRONMENTAL RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH CHLOROFLUOROCARBONS (CFC'S) IN FOAM INSULATION CURRENTLY BEING USED. ADVANCED VACUUM INSULATIONS, CURRENTLY UNDER RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT, DO NOT CONTAIN CFC'S AND HAVE VERYHIGH THERMAL RESISTANCES, UP TO R-100 PER INCH, VERSUS R-7 PER INCH FOR CFC BLOWN FOAM. THE ADVANCED INSULATION CAN BEMANUFACTURED IN MODULAR PANEL SHAPES FOR EASY ASSEMBLY IN THE FACTORY OR FOR REPAIRS IN THE FIELD. THE RESEARCH WOULDDETERMINE PRELIMINARY STRUCTURAL AND THERMAL DESIGN OF MODULAR PANELS, LIFE CYCLE COSTS, AND OVERALL CONCEPT FEASIBILITY. IT IS ANTICIPATED THAT THE PROPOSED RESEARCH WILL LEAD TO A MORE PRODUCTIVE REFRIGERATED SHIPPING CONTAINER THROUGH THE USE OF SUPERIOR INSULATION OF REDUCED THICKNESS, AND THROUGHDEVELOPMENT OF MODULAR INSULATION PANELS THAT ARE EASILY ASSEMBLED IN THE FACTORY OR REPAIRED IN THE FIELD. THIS SHIPPING CONTAINER WOULD ALSO LEAD TO REDUCED REFRIGERATION EQUIPMENT SIZE AND ENERGY CONSUMPTION, AND INCREASE U.S. COMPETITIVENESS IN THE WORLDWIDE SHIPPING CONTAINER MANUFACTURING MARKET.

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