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Improved Silicon Carbide Components for Nuclear Applications

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2012 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
87717
Solicitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Topic Code:
21 b
Solicitation Number:
DE-FOA-0000628
Small Business Information
Physical Sciences Inc.
20 New England Business Center Andover, MA 01810-1077
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2012
Title: Improved Silicon Carbide Components for Nuclear Applications
Agency: DOE
Contract: DE-FG02-12ER90381
Award Amount: $149,967.00
 

Abstract:

Silicon carbide based ceramic matrix composites may become the predominant material system from which reactor core components are manufactured. Manufacturing large, high aspect ratio, components using silicon carbide composite materials presents unique manufacturing challenges to maintain dimensional tolerance and meet the performance needs for in core reactor components. Physical Sciences Inc. will utilize our pre-ceramic polymer and laser machining expertise to develop the manufacturing process necessary for cost effective production of nuclear grade silicon carbide composite components for use in the core of nuclear systems. Commercial Applications and Other Benefits: Silicon carbide composite reactor components will enable safer, more efficient operation of present and future nuclear systems. The radiation tolerant nature of silicon carbide composites will reduce the likelihood of component failures due to embrittlement from radiation exposure. The materials will enable maintenance cycles of next generation nuclear plants to be determined by fueled components and will reduce the waste produced by nuclear systems.

Principal Investigator:

Frederick Lauten
Dr.
978-689-0003
lauten@psicorp.com

Business Contact:

B. D. Green
Dr.
978-689-0003
green@psicorp.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Physical Sciences Inc.
20 New England Business Center Andover, MA -

EIN/Tax ID: 042517090
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No