Waste Disposal/Management System for Low Observable (LO) Composite Materials

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8651-05-C-0267
Agency Tracking Number: F041-136-2238
Amount: $744,098.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: AF04-136
Solicitation Number: 2004.1
Small Business Information
1331 Upland, Building 2, Houston, TX, 77043
DUNS: 783478159
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Robert Hance
 Chief Science Officer
 (713) 984-9972
 rhance@austin.rr.com
Business Contact
 John Kane
Title: Chief Technology Officer
Phone: (713) 385-5263
Email: jek.4@earthlink.net
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
A mobile thermochemical processing system is proposed to recycle LO-containing materials to merchant products that cannot be “reverse engineered” to their LO composition or structure- essentially, “thermochemical encryption.” Additionally, the system will include extraction and/or conversion processes that remove hazardous characteristics, qualifying the output for beneficial reuse. As a compact, mobile system, the thermochemical encryption reactor can be safely operated "behind the fence line," eliminating the need to transport classified material to non-secure facilities. Reactor configuration can support loading large components, minimizing the need for chopping or grinding. Although the primary objective is to convert LO-containing materials, the system will also have general-purpose capabilities to convert hazardous waste such as plating sludge and paint wastes to benign merchant products. Materials with high carbon content (e.g. composites, organic wastes) will be converted to mineral carbonates, permanently sequestering the carbon and minimizing greenhouse gas emissions.

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