System To Deliver Halon Equivalent, Hydrogen Fluoride Controlled, Supplemented HFC Gases in Fire Sensitive, Light Weight, Plastic Extinguishers

EPA Contract Number: 68D00259
Title: System To Deliver Halon Equivalent, Hydrogen Fluoride Controlled, Supplemented HFC Gases in Fire Sensitive, Light Weight, Plastic Extinguishers
Investigators: MacElwee, Donald B.
Small Business: Powsus Inc.
EPA Contact: Manager, SBIR Program
Phase: I
Project Period: September 1, 2000 through March 1, 2001
Project Amount: $69,482
RFA: Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) - Phase I (2000) RFA Text |  Recipients Lists
Research Category: SBIR - Pollution Prevention , Pollution Prevention/Sustainable Development , Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)

Description:

Powsus, Inc., has identified and tested certain plastic tubing that ruptures when touched by flame or reaches a predetermined heat level. The plastic holds up to 1,100 psi of supplemented hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) gas and has a projected shelf life of more than 5 years. The Phase I objective is to field test these tubes containing Powsus' SNAP approved, gelled gas/powder extinguishant that has equaled or exceeded Halon 1301 and 1211 under independent tests and has demonstrated that it controls generation of hydrogen fluoride. These tests would be conducted under the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Institute of Standards and Technology auspices in airline cargo containers and school bus engines, respectively. This Phase I project will demonstrate in trial production runs that the resulting products are equivalent or less expensive than the products in use today. The products have direct commercial application for fire control in the engines of all moving vehicles, including automobiles, trucks, trains, buses, airplanes, and ships. The product has further application to industrial and residential furnaces, electronic devices, kitchen protection, and even Christmas trees. There is no known competing device to this patented process at this time.

Supplemental Keywords:

small business, SBIR, fire suppressant, halon alternative, global climate, pollution prevention, engineering, chemistry, EPA., RFA, Scientific Discipline, Air, Toxics, Sustainable Industry/Business, Chemical Engineering, air toxics, climate change, CFCs, New/Innovative technologies, tropospheric ozone, Atmospheric Sciences, EPCRA, Engineering, Chemistry, & Physics, Environmental Engineering, HFC, hydroflurocarbon(HFC), environmental monitoring, ozone, ozone depletion, halon, halon equivalents, global change, Hydrogen fluoride, fire suppression, fire extinguisher, halons, global warming

Progress and Final Reports:

  • Final Report
  • SBIR Phase II:

    System to Deliver Halon Equivalent, Hydrogen Fluoride Controlled, Supplemented HFC Gases in Fire Sensitive, Light Weight, Plastic Extinguishers  | 2000 Progress Report  | Final Report