Powder Fluidization Grenade (PFG) for Particulate Obscurant Dissemination

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911SR-11-C-0054
Agency Tracking Number: A111-045-1312
Amount: $98,770.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2011
Solicitation Topic Code: A11-045
Solicitation Number: 2011.1
Small Business Information
1998 Bucktail Lane, Sugar Grove, IL, -
DUNS: 106924822
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 John Jude
 Engineering Director
 (630) 466-7664
Business Contact
 John Bastian
Title: General Manager
Phone: (630) 466-7664
Email: jbastian@hytekmfg.com
Research Institution
The thrust of Hy-Tek Mfg. Co. Inc.'s PFG concept involves in-canister fluidization of dry PO powder using compressed gas possibly enhanced by mechanical vibration followed by dissemination of the suspended powder from the canister by means of gas entrainment via a venture tube, nozzle or other canister orifice. Suitable fluidization of PO powder will require replenishing a stable suspension of PO powder in a concentration sufficient to continuously and uniformly disseminate PO powder from a Coke can sized canister over a 30 second period. Using previous studies performed by others and in-house ANSYS computational fluid dynamics (CFD) modeling, HMC will investigate various fluidization techniques, flow regimes and powder packing methods, including those that involve mixtures of large and small particles and glidants.

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