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ARMOR PLATE

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Army
Award ID:
3934
Program Year/Program:
1986 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
3934
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
FOSTER-MILLER, INC.
350 Second Ave. Waltham, MA 02451
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 1986
Title: ARMOR PLATE
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $49,982.00
 

Abstract:

THE ARMOR PLATES USED IN TESTING MUNITIONS CONTAINING DEPLETED URANIUM (DU) ARE SUBJECT TO DISPOSAL AS LOW-LEVEL RADIOACTIVE WASTE. THE OBJECTIVE OF THIS PROPOSAL IS TO DEVELOP SELECTIVE SOLVENTS THAT WILL PREFERENTIALLY ATTACK THE CONTAMINATED AREAS OF THE TARGET, REMOVING THE DU, AND LEAVING THE ARMOR PLATE UNAFFECTED AND INTACT. PREVIOUS WORK HAS BEEN DONE ON THE DISSOLUTION OF URANIUM FOR ANALYSIS, WHERE URANIUM IS THE PRIMARY METAL, WHILE OTHER WORK HAS BEEN REPORTED ON THE PASSIFYING EFFECTS OF INHIBITORS ON METAL ALLOYS FOUND IN THE TARGET MATERIAL. OUR PRIMARY APPROACH IS TO SYNTHESIZE AND TEST COMBINATIONS OF THESE SOLVLENTS AND ADDITIVES TO ARRIVE AT A SUITABLE SOLVLENT SYSTEM. IN ADDITION, THERE ARE CHELATING AGENTS USED IN THE FIELD OF ION EXCHANGE AND LIQUID MEMBRANES THAT WILL STRONGLY COMPLEX URANIUM RELATIVE TO THE TARGET MATERIAL. ADDING THESE CHELATES TO A SOLVENT SOLUTION WOULD ACCELERATE THE RATE OF URANIUM DISSOLUTION, BUT INHIBIT THE RATE OF IRON DISSOLUTION. A SECOND, MORE INNOVATIVE APPROACH DEALS WITH THE SYNTHESIS AND TESTING OF ACID/CHELATE ADDITIVE COMBINATIONS. A SECONDARY OBJECTIVE WILL BE DEVOTED TO EVALUATING THE USE OF PRECIPITATION AND ION EXCHANGE FOR THE REMOVAL OF DU FROM THE SOLVENT FOR SOLVENT REUSE.

Principal Investigator:

Gary czupryna
6178903200

Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Foster-miller Inc
350 Second Ave Waltham, MA 02254

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