Development of a Multipurpose Extruder/Press Food Processing System

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$69,746.00
Award Year:
2005
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNJ05JB79C
Award Id:
74225
Agency Tracking Number:
042394
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
10104 Douglas Avenue, Des Moines, IA, 50322
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
005276829
Principal Investigator:
Wilmot Wijeratne
Principal Investigator
(515) 254-1267
wilmot@insta-pro.com
Business Contact:
Wilmot Wijeratne
Director of Reearch
(515) 254-1267
wilmot@insta-pro.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
Insta-Pro International, proposes the design and development of a versatile, compact, lightweight, energy efficient, and easy maintained seed processing equipment that can be operated in low gravity environments. The proposed equipment, a scale down refinement based on successful current large scale Insta-Pro processing systems, can be used for cooking, shaping, texturizating, dehydration, phase separation, and stabilization of crops such as rice, beans, peanuts and soybeans to support human planetary explorations. The equipment will be designed to use internally generated heat for processing food to reduce or eliminate the need for inherently inefficient heating from an external source. In addition, the equipment will be optimized to minimize the Equivalent System Mass (ESM) while maximizing the quality of the final product. Anticipated results for Phase I will be detailed plans for the design of the optimized food processing equipment attained by computational simulation of various concept designs . This optimum design will provide the basis for hardware development and testing in Phase II and the manufacture and marketing (in Phase III) to a wide array of users.

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