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Wrap-able, Radiation-Resistant Electrical Insulators for Superconducting Magnet Applications

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-SC0021761
Agency Tracking Number: 0000258962
Amount: $206,500.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: 29a
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: 2021
Award Year: 2021
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2021-06-28
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2022-03-27
Small Business Information
2531 West 237th Street Suite 127
Torrance, CA 90505-5245
United States
DUNS: 114060861
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: Yes
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Yes
Principal Investigator
 Maksudul Alam
 (310) 530-2011
Business Contact
 Kisholoy Goswami
Phone: (310) 530-2011
Research Institution
 Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Building 4100, Room C-250
Oak Ridge, TN 37831-6100
United States

 Federally Funded R&D Center (FFRDC)

The Department of Energy Office of Fusion Energy Sciences is seeking the development of wrap-able radiation-resistant electrical insulators for superconducting magnet coils used in fusion energy reactor systems. These insulators must: (1) exhibit low gas generation under irradiation, (2) have higher pot life, and (3) exhibit attributes of insulation systems with high bond and higher strength and flexibility in shear. These insulators must demonstrate considerable cost reduction through the use of cost-effective materials and fabrication processes. During the proposed project, the company will develop metal oxide nanoparticle and organic polymer composite-based wrap-able, radiation-resistant electrical insulators using a hybrid sol- gel technology. Innovations will be incorporated to achieve radiation resistance, high mechanical strength, high thermal stability, and high chemical resistance. Overall, the proposed technology will improve both radiation-resistance and electrical insulation for superconducting magnet coils used in fusion reactors helping to achieve DOE program goals for fusion energy reactor systems. In Phase I, the project team will formulate, characterize, and demonstrate hybrid metal oxide nanoparticle-organic polymer composite materials as a radiation-resistant electrical insulator. Several compositions will be prepared and evaluated for radiation tolerance, including electron, gamma and neutron exposure, and radiation-induced gas evolution rate, thermal and mechanical performance. This effort will position the company to transition the insulating material to Phase II development. The metal oxide nanoparticle-incorporated organic polymer composite coating proposed for DOE advanced radiation and electrical insulators can be adapted for use in medical devices for cancer therapy, medical imaging systems, high-field accelerator magnets motors/generators in extreme conditions (space missions, military and commercial satellites, military operations in cold climates), and aerospace equipment.

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