CHARACTERIZATION

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$59,000.00
Award Year:
1984
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
870
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Advanced Fuel Research Inc
87 Church St, East Hartford, CT, 06108
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
PETER R. SOLOMON
(203) 528-9806
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
SIGNIFICANT SAVINGS IN COST AND DISPLACEMENT OF VALUABLE PETROLEUM FUEL CAN BE ACHIEVED BY BURNING COAL WHEN APPROPRIATE FOR DOD POWER GENERATION REQUIREMENTS. THIS PROPOSAL OFFERS A COST EFFECTIVE, PORTABLE, COMPUTER CONTROLLED AND INTEGRATED COAL ANALYSIS SYSTEM FOR ASSESSING A COAL'S COMBUSTION PERFORMANCE. THE PROPOSED SYSTEM FOR COAL ANALYSES IS AN INTEGRATED THERMOGRAVIMETER ANALYZER (TGA), EVOLVED GAS ANALYZER (EGA) AND FOURIER TRANSFORM INFRARED SPECTROMETER (FT-IR). THE OVERALL GOAL OF THE PHASE I PROGRAM IS TO DEMONSTRATE THAT AN INTEGRATED TGA/EGA/FT-IR CAN PROVIDE ALL THE DATA REQUIRED TO DETERMINE THE COMBUSTION PERFORMANCE OF COAL SAMPLES. AFR HAS RECENTLY ENTERED INTO AN AGREEMENT WITH A MAJOR INSTRUMENT COMPANY TO DEVELOP AN INSTRUMENT WHICH WOULD BE THE CORE OF THE PROPOSED SYSTEM. IT IS ANTICIPATED THAT PHASE I WILL DEMONSTRATE THE CAPABILITY OF OBTAINING QUANTITATIVE AND REPRODUCIBLE DATA ON A PROTOTYPE TGA/EGA/FT-IR FOR THE FOLLOWING QUANTITIES: PROXIMATE ANALYSIS, ELEMENTAL ANALYSIS, MINERAL COMPOSITION, VOLATILE COMPOSITIONS AND VOLATILE KINETICS. PHASE I WILL FURTHER ASSESS THE FEASIBILITY OF COMPUTING FROM THESE DATA THE IMPORTANT COMBUSTION PARAMETERS INCLUDING: CALORIFIC VALUE, FLAMABILITY INDEX, FREE SWELLING INDEX AND ASH FUSION TEMPERATURE. THE PROGRAM WILL ALSO ASSESS THE FEASIBILITY OF USING THE DATA TO IDENTIFY SIMILAR COALS IN A REFERENCE LIBRARY FOR WHICH ADDITIONAL COMBUSTION PERFORMANCE DATA ARE AVAILABLE.

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