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A Couette-Taylor Size Classifier for Coarse, Airborne Particles

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
72211
Program Year/Program:
2005 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
78167S05-I
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Aerosol Dynamics Inc.
935 Grayson Street Berkeley, CA 94710-2640
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2005
Title: A Couette-Taylor Size Classifier for Coarse, Airborne Particles
Agency: DOE
Contract: DE-FG02-05ER84270
Award Amount: $87,600.00
 

Abstract:

78167S05 Airborne particles significantly influence the radiative budget of the earth's atmosphere through direct scattering and absorption of solar and thermal infrared radiation, and through modification of the earth's cloud cover. Important to these effects is the aerosol size distribution and the aerosol hygroscopicity. Better measurements are needed for both of these parameters in particle size ranges larger than that spanned by current mobility systems, namely, for particle diameters greater than 0.5 ¿m. This project will develop a particle size classifier based on aerodynamic balancing within a Couette-Taylor flow. Phase I will design, construct, and conduct laboratory tests of the Couette Taylor Particle Size Classifier. Specific objectives are to assess the precision of size selection, the transmission efficiency of the selected size, and the extent to which these parameters can be described from first principles. Commercial Applications and Other Benefits as described by the awardee: The particle size classifier, designed for the particle size range above 0.5 ¿m, should be comparable in function to the differential mobility analyzers now used for size selection of smaller particles. Commercial applications should include instrument calibration, laboratory experiments, and ambient aerosol measurements.

Principal Investigator:

Suzanne V. Herring
Dr.
5106499360
susanne@aerosol.us

Business Contact:

Susanne V. Herring
Dr.
5106499360
susanne@aerosol.us
Small Business Information at Submission:

Aerosol Dynamics, Inc.
935 Grayson Street Berkeley, CA 94710

EIN/Tax ID:
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No