CHARACTERIZATION

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 870
Amount: $59,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1984
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
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 PETER R. SOLOMON
 (203) 528-9806
Business Contact
Phone: () -
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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