Innovative Predictive Tools for Successful Processing of Propylene Glycol Dinitrate for Production of Otto Fuel II

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00024-12-C-4106
Agency Tracking Number: N101-064-0064
Amount: $948,023.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: N101-064
Solicitation Number: 2010.1
Small Business Information
NALAS Engineering Services Inc.
DUNS: 805389413
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Jerry Salan
 (860) 861-3691
Business Contact
 Jerry Salan
Title: President
Phone: (860) 861-3691
Research Institution
During Phase I of this project, NALAS endeavored to conceive a remotely operated trial nitration system that would remove the operator from harm"s way and facilitate the trial nitration process by enhancing data acquisition and enabling the creation of a data library providing guidance on starting material acceptance criteria. After developing a mixing model based on the existing Indian Head laboratory trial nitration apparatus, NALAS performed model validation experiments to investigate whether the mixing parameters calculated for the Indian Head trial nitration equipment could be matched using an automated lab reactor. The results indicated that the degree of mixing required to match those of the existing laboratory setup will require a high shear mixer on the proposed automated system. The proposed automated system was evaluated in terms of functionality and several flow diagrams were generated to document the proposed Phase II effort. A conceptual design for remote operation and proof-of-concept were completed, including vacuum transfers of a biphasic system. The main factors involved in creating an effective system were identified and a cost estimate for assembly was completed. Phase II includes delivery of a prototype remote system.

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