Non-lethal foam deployment system for vehicle stopping

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dc.contributor.author Schroeder, Matthew E.
dc.date.accessioned 2010-07-21T16:48:48Z
dc.date.available 2010-07-21T16:48:48Z
dc.date.issued 2010-07-21T16:48:48Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2097/4313
dc.description.abstract The military is interested in stopping suspicious vehicles at checkpoints or security positions while minimizing noncombatant fatalities. Preliminary work has shown that decreasing the oxygen concentration in proximity to the automobile air intake system and blocking the air flow through an automotive induction system provides the greatest probability of success for the broadest possible array of internal combustion engines. A non-lethal foam deployment system was developed that satisfies the military’s needs to stop suspicious vehicles. The foam is discharged from a pressurized tank and engulfs the air intake system of the target vehicle. The foam is drawn into the air intake and the protein additive contained in the foam would occlude pores in the air filter medium. Once the air filter was blocked, the vehicle would become immobilized so that security personnel can secure the vehicle. The work carried out in this project consisted of development and refinement of surfactant solution composition, improvement in the rate of absorption of carbon dioxide for increased foam volume, and characterization of discharge for optimum foam volume. In addition, a half-scale model apparatus was developed to test the foam’s ability to be ingested in an automotive intake system. These experiments demonstrated that the foam deployment system would stop an automobile within six seconds. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship M2 Technologies; Kansas State University, en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Kansas State University en
dc.subject Non-Lethal en_US
dc.subject Vehicle Stopping en_US
dc.subject Foam en_US
dc.title Non-lethal foam deployment system for vehicle stopping en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.description.degree Master of Science en_US
dc.description.level Masters en_US
dc.description.department Department of Chemical Engineering en_US
dc.description.advisor Larry A. Glasgow en_US
dc.subject.umi Engineering, Chemical (0542) en_US
dc.date.published 2010 en_US
dc.date.graduationmonth August en_US


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