Advanced Recirculation Tumble Dryer

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Navy
Amount:
$69,991.00
Award Year:
2011
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N00189-11-P-Z084
Agency Tracking Number:
N102-162-0331
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
N102-162
Solicitation Number:
2010.2
Small Business Information
Physical Optics Corporation
Electro-Optics Systems Division, Bldg. 100, Torrance, CA, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
Y
Duns:
153865951
Principal Investigator
 Michael Reznikov
 Principal Scientist
 (310) 320-3088
 psproposals@poc.com
Business Contact
 Gordon Drew
Title: Chief Financial Officer
Phone: (310) 320-3088
Email: gedrew@poc.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Navy shipboard laundry dryers are major sources of shipboard fires because lint can ignite in the exhaust ductwork. Existing ductless tumble dryers are low capacity and energy-inefficient. To address the Navy"s need for an energy-efficient, fire-safe, and ductless tumbler dryer, Physical Optics Corporation (POC) proposes to develop a new Advanced Recirculation Tumble Dryer (ART-Dryer). This proposed machine will be an upgrade of the existing military tumbler-dryer, based on the unique integration of existing technologies in a new design. This innovation in condenser and heater design will enable the ART-Dryer to increase the drying rate and extract water without cooling the entire airflow. As a result, this technology reduces the temperature in the tumbler with significantly improved drying (~30%) and energy efficiency (~40%), and completely eliminates any ductwork, which addresses the NAVSUP requirements for novel shipboard clothes dryers. In Phase I, POC will demonstrate the feasibility of the ART-Dryer by computer-aided modeling and building of a conceptual prototype to determine its ability to meet all Navy requirements. In Phase II, POC plans to collaborate with the prime, EDCO Corp., to develop an ART-Dryer prototype for operational testing and evaluation at the production site with subsequent shipboard trials arranged by the Navy.

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