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High-Efficiency Long-Lifetime Neutron Generator For Radiographic Munitions and…

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Army
Award ID:
81405
Program Year/Program:
2007 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
A072-040-0419
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Starfire Industries LLC
2109 South Oak Street, Suite 100 Urbana, IL 61820-0914
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2007
Title: High-Efficiency Long-Lifetime Neutron Generator For Radiographic Munitions and IED Inspection
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Contract: W15QKN-08-C-0037
Award Amount: $69,999.00
 

Abstract:

Sealed-tube FNG sources have on-off capability and relatively small size; however, lifetime of these tubes at the desired output levels is short (a few hundred hours due to target degradation at high power), and thus have prohibitive operating cost. In order to become cost and mission effective, the US Army is specifically looking for the development of an advanced generator that can improve output efficiency and lifetime in a compact configuration. Starfire Industries is proposing an innovative FNG solution to address these engineering challenges. This Small Business Innovation Research Phase I project will address the technical and commercial feasibility of an advanced, compact, high-flux fusion neutron generator (FNG) with higher conversion efficiency (>5x) and longer lifetime (>20x) compared to the current state-of-the-art for neutron radiography (NR) systems with fast image processing capability for the inspection of munitions, unexploded ordinance and IED detections, and other non-destructive evaluation (NDE) applications. Preliminary modeling and experiments have shown evidence of scientific feasibility of a novel approach for neutron source and illumination system design for reduced cost-of-ownership radiographic inspection and other NDE applications.

Principal Investigator:

Robert A. Stubbers
Vice President R&D
2173902784
rstubbers@starfireindustries.com

Business Contact:

Brian E. Jurczyk
President
7089556691
bjurczyk@starfireindustries.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

STARFIRE INDUSTRIES, LLC
60 Hazelwood Drive Champaign, IL 61820

EIN/Tax ID: 364430936
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No