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Fiber Optic Reflector Health Monitoring System

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
94527
Program Year/Program:
2009 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
91611
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Luna Innovations Incorporated
1 Riverside Circle Suite 400 Roanoke, VA 24016-4962
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2009
Title: Fiber Optic Reflector Health Monitoring System
Agency: DOE
Contract: DE-FG02-09ER85469
Award Amount: $100,000.00
 

Abstract:

Currently, evaluations of the structural components in a nuclear reactor require scheduled interruptions in the reactor¿s operations for off-line inspection and possible replacement of damaged components. At present, no method exists for in-line evaluation because available structural monitoring solutions are unstable in a high-radiation/high-temperature environment. This project will develop a health monitoring system for nuclear reactor structural components based on a revolutionary all-fiber-optic ultrasonic technology. Phase I will develop and demonstrate the operation of such a system in a nuclear reactor at moderate neutron doses. In Phase II, the structural monitoring of stainless steel samples in a nuclear reactor will be demonstrated at realistic levels of radiation and temperatures. Commercial Applications and other Benefits as described by the awardee The in-line health monitoring of a nuclear reactor¿s structural components would enable the commercialization of Gen-IV reactor designs, as well as increase safety in PWR (pressurized water reactors) and other Gen-III designs already in operation. These radiation-tolerant, high-temperature sensors and transducers also should find application in space probes, rocket engine monitoring, rocket engine development, and gas turbine health monitoring

Principal Investigator:

Vladimir Kochergin
Dr.
5407698400
submissions301@lunainnovations.com

Business Contact:

Michael Pruzan
Mr.
5407698430
pruzanm@lunainnovations.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Luna Innovations Incorporated
1 Riverside Circle Suite 400 Roanoke, VA 24016

EIN/Tax ID: 541560050
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No