C02/Water Microemulsion Fire Suppression in Dry Bays

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9201-09-C-0144
Agency Tracking Number: F083-250-1118
Amount: $99,998.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: AF083-250
Solicitation Number: 2008.3
Small Business Information
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
 Research Engineer
 (303) 792-5615
Business Contact
 Clifton Brown, Jr.
Title: President
Phone: (303) 792-5615
Email: cliffb@adatech.com
Research Institution
Fires in dry bays of military aircraft present a significant hazard that must be addressed with advanced fire suppression systems. The USAF is interested in concepts that do not require power or active sensing of fire for proper operation. ADA Technologies, Inc. has been developing fine water mist fire suppression technology for the past 10 years, and proposes a solution for this problem that incorporates the required features noted above. We will prepare and evaluate at least two proof-of-concept designs for a dry bay fire suppression system that uses a microemulsion of CO2 and water as the working fire suppression agent. Water has a very high heat capacity and when dispersed as a fine water mist of droplet size less than 30 microns, exhibits very high heat transfer rates. CO2 is also a fire suppression agent, can be stored as a liquid at pressure and flashes to a gas upon release of storage pressure. As an emulsion, these fluids are easily dispersed throughout a protected space. We will run fire tests of the system in a simulated dry bay with partner Applied Research Associates. In Phase II we will advance the design to a prototype for use in combat aircraft. BENEFITS: A CO2 /water emulsion fire suppression system would have wide applicability in the aerospace field for the protection of military aircraft. Applications would also include potential service in commercial aircraft as a fire protection system in engine nacelles as well as cargo compartments. A commercial variant would find applications for the protection of flammable liquid storage spaces, and as fire suppression systems in computer and electronic equipment facilities. ADA will partner with a commercial supplier of fire suppression equipment to take this technology to market as development advances through Phases I and II of the SBIR process.

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