Demonstration of a Cylinder Fill System Based on Solid Electrolyte Oxygen Separator (SEOS) Technology: Early Field Assessment at a USAF Maintenance Facility
Final technical rept. 3 Sep 2008-29 Jun 2010
AIR PRODUCTS AND CHEMICALS INC ALLENTOWN PA
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The goal of the effort was to conduct an early field assessment of SEOS oxygen-generation technology. A SEOS breadboard for charging high pressure oxygen cylinders was installed in a maintenance facility at Oklahoma City-Air Logistics Center OC-ALC, Tinker AFB OK. The SEOS breadboard was capable of generating 99.9 oxygen at pressures up to 2,200 psig using electric power. The oxygen was stored in high pressure cylinders. The oxygen was tested per MIL-PRF-27210, Aviators Breathing Oxygen ABO, and it passed the ABO specification. The SEOS oxygen production unit worked well to fill aircraft oxygen bottles. On 20 Nov 09 the first aircraft oxygen bottle was filled with SEOS oxygen. During the effort several electrical problems on the compressor and ancillary electrical equipment were addressed. The SEOS electrochemical stacks used to generate the high purity oxygen functioned as expected. Tinker AFB operating personnel found the system very easy to use and it reduced safety risks associated with frequent change-out of vendor-supplied oxygen bottles. The early field assessment effort will be continued under USAF Contract F41624-00-C-6000.
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