NASA SBIR 00-1 SOLICITATION

FORM 9B - PROJECT SUMMARY


PROPOSAL NUMBER 00-1 10.07-9891 (Chron: 000110 )
PROJECT TITLE
Pressurized Propellant Densification System



TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (LIMIT 200 WORDS)
The current and future need for readily available densified cryogenic propellants warrants the investigation into alternative methods of performing the densification process. Present processes are based on heat exchange with cryogenic fluids boiling under reduced pressure achieved with the use of expensive and difficult to control compressor systems. The system proposed in this investigation avoids these problems and costs by operating at atmospheric or higher pressures. Estimates indicate that the proposed system will have significantly reduced capital investment and operating costs coupled with improved reliability and availability. The Phase I effort is intended to refine these estimates and to design a suitable pilot plant experiment to accurately define the operational characteristics of the system. The Phase II effort will complete the construction of the experimental system, conduct sufficient experiments to verify the process method and determine the values of certain constants that are not presently known. The purpose of the investigation is to provide data that will make it possible to design full scale systems.



POTENTIAL COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS
The densification of cryogenic propellants is anticipated to become more necessary in the future to maximize fuel loading and payloads. At that time, there will be a demand for densification systems that will function with maximum efficiency and minimum overall cost. These densification systems can be marketable to aerospace companies and to government agencies involved in launch site construction. The proposed system can also be applied to test installations for high temperature superconducting devices, where temperatures lower than 80 K are often needed and can be utilized by companies engaging in developing and marketing such devices.



NAME AND ADDRESS OF PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR (Name, Organization Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip)
Charles B. Hood
PHPK Technologies Incorporated
4051 Gulf Shore Blvd
Naples , FL   34103 - 3437



NAME AND ADDRESS OF OFFEROR (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip)
PHPK Technologies Incorporated
535 Enterprise Drive
Westerville , OH   43081 - 8846