High-Pressure Gas-Powered Dispersal of Fine Obscuration Particulates

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911SR-11-C-0059
Agency Tracking Number: A111-045-0821
Amount: $99,950.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solitcitation Year: 2011
Solitcitation Topic Code: A11-045
Solitcitation Number: 2011.1
Small Business Information
Grainflow Dynamics Inc.
1141 Catalina Drive, PMB 270, Livermore, CA, -
Duns: 193084980
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Otis Walton
 President
 (925) 447-4293
 walton@grainflow.com
Business Contact
 Otis Walton
Title: President
Phone: (925) 447-4293
Email: walton@grainflow.com
Research Institution
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Abstract
This SBIR Phase-1 research project will develop a high-pressure gas-powered aerosol generation system based on dispersing fine particulates from a prepackaged reservoir. Potential improvement in operational stealth capability would be derived from two advantages over the current smoke screen systems. First, by avoiding the use of high temperature combustion reactions, the flame hazards to both personnel and the local environment are eliminated. Second, the use of pre-packaged powders enables the aerosol plume characteristics to be readily engineered via both the design of the dispersing particles and the method of delivery. Control of the particle size, shape, density and index of refraction will enable alteration of the particle settling time and the effective cross-section scattering properties of the aerosol cloud to optimize obscuration at different radiation wavelengths, ex. visible vs. infrared. The dispersal system will leverage the fundamental understanding of fine powder dispersion physics which has been investigated in the field of pulmonary drug delivery over the past 2-decades. Robust, passive flow control methods, such as utilization of choked-flow nozzles for the gas, will ensure reliable performance of the fine dry-powder aerosol dispersal method under a wide variety of field conditions.

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