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An Integrated In Situ Raman and Turbidity Sensor for High Level Waste Tanks

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
90384
Program Year/Program:
2010 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
91600
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
65 a
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
EIC LABORATORIES, INC.
111 DOWNEY ST NORWOOD, MA 02062-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: An Integrated In Situ Raman and Turbidity Sensor for High Level Waste Tanks
Agency: DOE
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $749,967.00
 

Abstract:

Stored nuclear waste must be retrieved from storage, treated, separated into low- and high-level waste streams, and finally put into a disposal form that effectively encapsulates the waste and isolates it from the environment for a long period of time. Before waste retrieval can be done, however, waste composition will need to be characterized so that proper safety precautions can be implemented during the retrieval process. In addition, there is a need for active monitoring of the dynamic chemistry of the waste during storage since the composition of the waste can become highly corrosive. A novel fiber optic Raman transmission and light scattering probe will be developed with improved sensitivity and capability to operate in turbid media. The dual Raman and turbidity sensor will provide chemical identification of nuclear waste as well as information concerning the suspended particles in the waste (turbidity, particle size distribution). In Phase I, we successfully demonstrated a new fiber optically coupled probe design and associated instrumentation that allows simultaneous measurement of the Raman spectrum and turbidity using the same laser source. The measurement system returns accurate concentrations of a range of Raman active anions present in HLW under conditions of varying turbidity and also corrects for fluctuations in laser intensity. Based on the prototype Raman/turbidity probe design that was developed in Phase I, a compact, fiber optically coupled, integrated Raman probe and turbidity sensor (RamanTurboProbe

Principal Investigator:

Job Bello
Dr
7817699450
bello@eiclabs.com

Business Contact:

David Rauh
Dr
7817699450
bello@eiclabs.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Eic Laboratories, Inc.
111 Downey Street Norwood, MA 02062

EIN/Tax ID: 042497074
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Radiochemical Sciences and Eng
Richland, WA 99352
Contact: Rolando Lara
Contact Phone: 5093726733