Novel Recycling Process for Aircraft Transparencies

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 28183
Amount: $79,987.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1995
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Adherent Technologies, Inc.
9621 Camino Del Sol Ne, Albuquerque, NM, 87111
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Ronald E. Allred
 (505) 298-8662
Business Contact
Phone: () -
Research Institution
A novel tertiary recycling process is proposed for investigation as an economical means for reclaiming scrap aircraft transparency materials. Early development work has shown that this process can convert a wide variety of polymers and composites into low molecular weight hydrocarbons at temperatures below 200 C. The hydrocarbons produced can then be reused as chemicals, fuels, or monomers. Metal, glass, and filler impurities are separated from the hydrocarbons during the process and can be reclaimed or landfilled. A related technology has been demonstrated on a large scale (100 tons/day) for recycling used tires. For application to transparency materials, conversion products of representative scrap transparencies will be determined using a continuous feed laboratory-scale reactor, product resale markets will be identified, and the economics of a large-scale tertiary recycling operation will be estimated. Results from the Phase I program will provide the basis for design and fabrication of a large-scale demonstration system in Phase II and commercial systems in Phase III.

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