Enertechnix Inc. | Date: 2010-12-09
Skimmer devices for concentrating an aerosol from a flowing gas stream, said skimmers having an inlet with inlet aperture and inlet raceway, an outlet with virtual impactor void and collector channel, and a bulk flow divertor positioned axisymmetrically on the long axis of flow, further characterized in that the downstream surface of the bulk flow divertor is curved for contactingly diverting the streamlines of the bulk flow by greater than 90 degrees away from the long axis of flow without wall separation or instability. Also described are combinations of slot-type and annular-type skimmers with upstream focusing elements such as aerodynamic lenses, and uses thereof.
Enertechnix Inc. | Date: 2011-04-03
Devices, apparatus and methods are disclosed for non-contact pneumatic sampling and sampling of surfaces, persons, articles of clothing, buildings, furnishings, vehicles, baggage, packages, mail, and the like, for contaminating aerosols or vapors indicative of a hazard or a benefit, where the contaminating aerosols or vapors are chemical, radiological, biological, toxic, or infectious in character. In a first device, a central orifice for pulling a suction gas stream is surrounded by a peripheral array of convergingly-directed gas jets, forming a virtual sampling chamber. The gas jets are configured to deliver millisecond pneumatic pulses that erode particles and vapors from solid surfaces at a distance. In another aspect of the invention, a suction gas stream is split using an air-to-air concentrator so that a particle-enriched gas flow is directed to a particle trap and particles immobilized therein are selectively analyzed for explosives and explosives related materials under optimized conditions for analyzing particle-associated constituents and a bulk flow is directed to a vapor trap and free vapors immobilized therein are selectively analyzed for explosives and explosives related materials under optimized conditions for analyzing free vapors. Detection signals from the particle channel and the vapor channel are compared or integrated to detect trace residues associated with explosives.
Agency: Department of Agriculture | Branch: | Program: SBIR | Phase: Phase II | Award Amount: 449.98K | Year: 2014
Combustion of biomass, especially in small-scale applications, produces high emissions of particulate matter (PM) that have been linked to adverse health effects and global climate change. Current industrial particulate control solutions are prohibitively expensive for use in small scale biomass burners. To overcome these challenges, inexpensive and effective combustion control solutions for small scale applications are needed. The proposed intelligent combustion control system for biofuel combustion in small scale applications can curb PM and gaseous emissions. If successful, the proposed pollution control system will be a disruptive technology and will be low cost enough to be implemented in thousands of small scale installations.
Enertechnix Inc. | Date: 2011-01-20
A device for detection of pluggage in an ash hopper of a coal fired boiler to identify when the opening in the bottom of the ash hopper becomes blocked by obstructions, so that timely and effective measures can be taken to remove the blockage without incurring economic loss in the operation of the boiler. At least one microwave or Terahertz transmitter unit configured to produce a microwave beam in either X or K band frequencies or at Terahertz frequencies (300 GHz to 3 THz), and at least one microwave receiver unit or beams that are interrupted by a blockage in the ash hopper, and produce an output to indicate obstruction of the beam or beams by the blockage. When the beam is interrupted, an output signal is produced to indicate obstruction of the beam by the blockage. The output signal is to notify process operators of the need to remove said blockage, and to control a blockage removal process.
Enertechnix Inc. | Date: 2012-10-05
The lifetime of aerosol monitoring, concentration and collection equipment is extended by acoustic cleaning of accreted particle deposits from internal surfaces where fouling occurs by application of acoustic energy to the particle accretion surface, optionally in combination with a liquid wash or sampling volume. In one application, acoustic cleaning or sampling of particle deposits for analysis is triggered by a signal indicating changes in gas flow associated with particle loading. In another application, electro-acoustic transducers may be used to prevent particle buildup without interruption of particle monitoring.