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Powder Handling Device for X-ray Diffraction Analysis with Minimal Sample…

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Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
76682
Program Year/Program:
2006 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
040935
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
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PO Box 730 Mountain View, CA 94042-0073
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Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2006
Title: Powder Handling Device for X-ray Diffraction Analysis with Minimal Sample Preparation
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNA06CQ54C
Award Amount: $582,216.00
 

Abstract:

This project consists in developing a Vibrating Powder Handling System for planetary X-Ray Diffraction instruments. The principle of this novel sample handling technique relies on vibrations generated in a sample holder to create movements in the powdered sample. The major benefit over conventional sample handling techniques is the possibility to characterize materials with grain-sizes up to two orders of magnitude larger, with no degradation in the data quality. It allows existing planetary sample-preparation systems such as rock crushers and drills to be used in place of fine-grinding mills normally required for quality XRD analysis. A secondary benefit is that it offers a simple means of loading and removal of samples, with potentially no moving parts. This research will answer a critical need for sample handling devices for conducting definitive mineralogical analyses in the Solar System. The Phase 2 effort will focus on addressing key technical issues in the development of a miniature Vibrating Powder Handling System. This work will lead to a brassboard prototype that can be remotely operated and interfaced to a planetary XRD instrument.

Principal Investigator:

Philippe C. Sarrazin
Principal Investigator
6507992118
psarrazin@inxitu.com

Business Contact:

Philippe C. Sarrazin
Business Official
6507992118
psarrazin@inxitu.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

inXitu
PO Box 730 Mountain View, CA 94042

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