Fine Water Mist Fire Suppression for Oxidizer Fires

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: FA4819-04-C-0022
Agency Tracking Number: B045-004-0190
Amount: $99,999.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: MDA04-T004
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
ADA TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
8100 Shaffer Parkway, Suite #130, Littleton, CO, 80127
DUNS: 148034408
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 James Butz
 Chief Engineer
 (303) 792-5615
 jimb@adatech.com
Business Contact
 Clifton Brown
Title: President
Phone: (303) 792-5615
Email: cliffb@adatech.com
Research Institution
 Colorado School of Mines
 Phillip Romig
 1500 Illinois Street
Golden, CO, 80401
 (303) 273-3255
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
Fine water mist has been shown to be an effective fire suppression option in a number of applications, including oxidizer fires, such as could result from an incident with hydrogen peroxide. ADA Technologies, Inc. and the Colorado School of Mines will collaborate in the development of a novel system for this application, building and demonstrating a fine water mist system that uses a patented atomizer designed to generate droplets in the size range found to be most effective for fire suppression, about 30 microns in diameter. The system is modular, and configured for easy maintenance and recharge. In Phase I we will evaluate system performance in multiple configurations to determine that which is most effective against the target fire threat. Several variants to the system will be included in the test matrix, to assess their ability to enhance fire suppression performance. Tests will be conducted in a 10-foot cube test facility. In Phase II the modular effervescent atomizer system will be adapted to aircraft use, with the help of a partner experienced in military hardware integration. ADA will also develop a plan to commercialize his novel fire suppression technology to protect flammable liquid storage spaces and chemical plants.

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