Annex A. Science And Technology Objectives (STOs)
Army Science and Technology Master Plan (ASTMP 1997)


IV.F.05. Improved Water Purification. By the end of FY96, investigate emerging technologies such as aerogels, reverse osmosis membranes made from poly-imides (as opposed to poly-amide) and polyphosphazenes, and polyphosphazene coatings. Compare to other technologies such as mosaic membranes and polymeric microgels, and select those for further investigation. By the end of FY97, optimize the properties of the selected technologies to meet or exceed the performance of existing reverse osmosis membranes. Ultimately, the goal is to prove the feasibility of a new technology with a 300 percent increase in operating and storage life, a 50 percent increase in water flux, and tolerance to 5 ppm of chlorine, temperatures up to 165 degrees F, and pH from 5.0 to 9.5 when compared to conventional reverse osmosis membranes. The new technology will be applicable to military water treatment equipment ranging from individual purifiers to division and corps level units, and to municipal desalting plants. By the end of FY98, demonstrate an innovative water purification technology for providing drinking water to troops in the field.

Supports: Future and advanced water purification systems, and possibly wastewater treatment systems, commercial water treatment systems (dual-use, technology transfer), and Combat Service Support Battle Lab.

STO Manager: TSO: TRADOC POC:
Thomas Bagwell John Appel Herbert Russakoff
TARDEC SARD-TT CSS Battle Lab
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