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Development and Neutronic Validation of Pelletized Cold and Very Cold…

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
84970
Program Year/Program:
2008 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
86232
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Cryogenic Applications F, Inc.
450 Bacon Springs Lane Clinton, TN 37716
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2008
Title: Development and Neutronic Validation of Pelletized Cold and Very Cold Moderators for Pulsed Neutron Sources
Agency: DOE
Contract: DE-FG02-08ER86344
Award Amount: $99,875.00
 

Abstract:

Existing and planned neutron facilities, such as the Spallation Neutron Source, generate bursts of cold neutrons for materials research. The efficiency of the beam line components, which convert the fast neutrons to a cold neutron beam, determines the usefulness of the facility. Existing solid methane moderators have a high efficiency, but cannot be scaled to work on high power facilities. A cold moderator using solid methane pellets would be capable of operating on a high power pulsed neutron source. In previous work, the technology for producing and transporting methane pellets has been demonstrated. This project will validate the neutron performance of such a moderator. In Phase I, neutron scattering and transmission on mock moderators, consisting of various random packings of polyethylene pellets, will be performed to obtain preliminary data on the effects of packing densities and non-uniformities on the neutron beam. Commercial Applications and other Benefits as described by the awardee: A methane pellet moderator would double the output of cold neutrons compared to a conventional hydrogen moderator. The improved performance would further the materials research capability of neutron facilities

Principal Investigator:

Christopher Foster
Dr
8654355433
foster_c_a@bellsouth.net

Business Contact:

Christopher Foster
Dr
8654355433
foster_c_a@bellsouth.net
Small Business Information at Submission:

Cryogenic Applications F, Inc.
450 Bacon Springs Lane Clinton, TN 37716

EIN/Tax ID: 621357540
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
Indiana Univ
IN Univ Cyclotron Facility
2401 Milo B. Sampson La.
Bloomington, IN 47402
Contact: David Baxter
Contact Phone: (812) 855-0932
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university