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Non-Radioactive Alternative to Replace Radioactive Sources in Commercial…

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Homeland Security
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
84025
Program Year/Program:
2008 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
08-1-TA4-STA1-023
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: 2008
Title: Non-Radioactive Alternative to Replace Radioactive Sources in Commercial Applications
Agency: DHS
Contract: HSHQDC-08-C-00152
Award Amount: $149,999.00
 

Abstract:

This Starfire Industries Phase I SBIR project specifically addresses the need to replace Am-Be sources for the well-logging industry and other applications where sealed radioactive sources are being used. Market factors inhibiting DT fusion neutron generators from replacing Am-Be sources are: (1) still use radioactive tritium (licensing/export), (2) tube lifetimes are measured in hundreds of hours, (3) high cost of ownership and tube replacement, (4) neutron energies are too high for porosity and elemental analysis applications, and (5) there is difficulty overcoming "analysis inertia". Starfire Industries is proposing an innovative fusion neutron generator solution to improve output efficiency, extend lifetime, and reduce total cost-of-ownership, while enabling survivability in the harsh wellbore environment. Phase I will explore the feasibility of the technical approach. A novel option for the replacement of pulsed DT tubes is also presented. A commercialization partner has been identified for a Phase II Cost Match.

Principal Investigator:

Robert A. Stubbers
Principal Investigator
2173902784
rstubbers@starfireindustries.com

Business Contact:

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

Starfire Industries
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