REACTION BASED GAS INERTING (RBGI) SYSTEM FOR MULTI FUEL TANK INERTING

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-10-C-0334
Agency Tracking Number: N101-007-1720
Amount: $79,999.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: N101-007
Solicitation Number: 2010.1
Small Business Information
Engineering and Scientific Innovations,
6740 Kelseys Oak Ct, Cincinnati, OH, 45248
DUNS: 801412057
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Norman Toy
 Chief Engineer
 (513) 605-3700
 Dr.Toy@esi-solutionsinc.com
Business Contact
 Michael Disimile
Title: Business Manager
Phone: (513) 605-3700
Email: mdisimile@esi-solutionsinc.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The development of a novel reaction based nitrogen inerting system is proposed for reducing ullage Oxygen concentrations below 9% by volume in multiple fuel tanks. The system utilizes solid materials that undergo a chemical reaction to yield high purity nitrogen gas. Furthermore, a unique control system and inerting model algorithm is proposed to adequately supply individual fuel tanks with the appropriate flow rate of nitrogen gas to a tank. A modular based design allows quick servicing of the inerting system and replacing of nitrogen generation units once depleted. This system is a drastic change from permeable membrane based technologies that have inherent disadvantages and have been slow to gain acceptance in military and commercial aircraft applications. During Phase I, Engineering & Scientific Innovations will assemble the key components of the inerting system, primarily from COTS available products. To demonstrate the developed technology, ESI plans to perform a laboratory environment in which multiple fuel tanks are inerted below the 9% Oxygen concentration requirement.

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