Compact Lightweight Containers for Hot Food Delivery

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: DAAD16-03-C-000
Agency Tracking Number: A022-1991
Amount: $119,840.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2003
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Acorn Park, Cambridge, MA, 02140
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 John Dieckmann
 Principal Investigator
 (617) 498-5818
Business Contact
 Renee Wong
Title: Contracting Officer
Phone: (617) 498-5655
Research Institution
TIAX LLC proposes to develop a compact, lightweight container for hot food delivery. The goals for light weight, with maximum deployed volume of 2200 cubic inches and maximum stored volume of 1100 cubix inches will be met by an innovative combination ofadvanced thermal insulation, materials, and nestable or foldable geometries. Int he proposed Phase 1 program, we will analytically evaluate a variety of configuration alternatives, accounting for both heat loss through the insulation material and throughedge/corner joints and the corner gasket. We will select the most promising configuration for design, fabrication and testing of a proof-of-concept prototype. Testing will include measurement of steady-state heat loss vs temperature and cool-down tests atspecified conditions. The proposed project will benefit the military and civilian sectors by providing a higher level of insulated container perfirmance and volume efficiency. Piotential new products for the military include hot food containers (per thisproject), larger containers for refrigerated food delivery, and compact insulated containers for shipping both frozen blood and liquid blood. Potential new civilian products include high-performance consumer coolers and hot food transport containers forthe food service industry.

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