Asbestos Stabilization Foam

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N65538-04-M-0137
Agency Tracking Number: N041-097-0887
Amount: $70,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: N04-097
Solicitation Number: 2004.1
Small Business Information
9621 Camino del Sol NE, Albuquerque, NM, 87111
DUNS: 859106296
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Jan Gosau
 Engineering Projects Mana
 (505) 346-1685
 adherenttech@earthlink.net
Business Contact
 Ronald Allred
Title: President
Phone: (505) 346-1685
Email: adherenttech@comcast.net
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Asbestos insulation material has been used in shipboard environments for many years. While the material is usually safe when left undisturbed, it becomes a major health hazard during removal. The fine, needle like crystals that can be released into the air during handling are inhaled into the deep parts of the lung where they are known to cause cancer. Current removal procedures require a completely sealed area, using vacuum to prevent any particles from escaping. Personnel must wear heavy protective equipment. Annual asbestos remediation and removal cost estimated for the DoD are in the $150-300 million range. Removal of asbestos covered piping can cost up to $150 per liner foot. The US Navy is interested in a less labor intensive, and therefore less costly, removal method for asbestos. Adherent Technologies, Inc. has developed a series of specialty foams that can be applied to this problem. By impregnating the material with a very slow curing foam system, we can achieve two important protective properties: the material is encapsulated, and, due to the foam, stabilized. This will eliminate any danger of operators being exposed to friable asbestos. Application would require only light protective gear.

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