Miniature Residual Life Indicator

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Office for Chemical and Biological Defense
Contract: W911SR-12-C-0013
Agency Tracking Number: C2-0342
Amount: $749,991.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solitcitation Year: 2010
Solitcitation Topic Code: CBD10-106
Solitcitation Number: 2010.1
Small Business Information
Physical Optics Corporation
Photonic Systems Division, 20600 Gramercy Place, Bldg. 100, Torrance, CA, -
Duns: 153865951
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Gary Mikaelian
 Director
 (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
To address the Chemical and Biological Defense (CBD) need for a residual life indicator (RLI) capable of determining the degradation in physical adsorption and reactive capacity arising from battlefield contaminants and exposure to the elements, Physical Optics Corporation (POC) proposes to continue the development of a new Miniature Residual Life Indicator (MRLIN). MRLIN is based on impedance spectroscopy measurements performed directly on the filtering system"s adsorptive material. MRLIN"s original impedance spectroscopy probe design and innovative algorithm for performing impedance spectroscopy enables MRLIN to directly probe the contamination of the active carbon material, with increased accuracy, without the undue complications of readout electronics. This development, as a result, offers a novel system for assessing the residual life of sorbent-based air purification systems that are integrable into collective protection (ColPro) systems. In Phase I, POC demonstrated the feasibility of MRLIN approach by developing and testing a proof-of-concept prototype capable of evaluating the exposure of carbon to reactive gases and heavy hydrocarbons. In Phase II, we plan to collect a comprehensive library of impedance spectra for common battlefield contaminants and develop a preproduction prototype that will be ready for integration with existing ColPro filtering systems.

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