Project: Omni-Directional Wind – and Water – Tolerant Inlet for the Dry Filter Unit

Overview of R&D project for the Department of Defense:

  • Design an inlet incorporating an aerodynamic lens array aerosol concentrator
  • Demonstrate tolerance to rain and salt spray through laboratory testing
  • Develop a low-cost manufacturing method for mass-producing the inlet
  • Design, fabricate and test low-cost prototypes in wind tunnels
  • Design a commercial prototype

Benefits of this technology include:

  • Efficient performance: sampling of 1- to 10-micron particles in 30 mph cross winds; effective rejection of rain, salt spray and particles bigger than 20 microns
  • Minimal cost of ownership: low initial cost, disposable concentrator elements; use of integral high-efficiency aerosol concentrator will reduce DFU power draw by 50 to 70%
  • Optimal system characteristics: lightweight, no moving parts and resistant to fouling and corrosion

Applications of this technology include:

  • Military
  • Civilian security
  • Environmental monitoring

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