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A HIGH RESOLUTION CDTE ARRAY MONITORING SYSTEM FOR MONITORING CONTAMINATION IN SOILS

Award Information
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 26941
Amount: $187,573.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Timeline
Solicitation Year: N/A
Award Year: 1995
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
3245 N Washington St
Chandler, AZ 85225
United States
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Robert L Metzger
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Abstract

WE PROPOSE TO DEVELOP A PORTABLE MONITORING SYSTEM CAPABLE OF DETECTING TRACE QUANTITIES OF RADIONUCLIDES IN SOILS USING A HIGH RESOLUTION CADMIUM TELLURIDE ARRAY DETECTOR AND A RUGGED MULTICHANNEL DATA LOGGER. THE PROPOSED MONITORING SYSTEM BUILDS UPON THE DESIGN OF A SIMPLE MONITOR DEVELOPED TO AID IN THE DECONTAMINATION AND DECOMMISSIONING OF A URANIUM PLANT. THE SIMPLE SYSTEM IMPROVED THE SPEED AND EFFICIENCY OF CONTAMINATION SURVEYS DURING DECOMMISSIONING. WHEN CONFIGURED WITH A SHIELDED 2 MM NAT CRYSTAL, THE UNIT WAS ALSO ABLE TO DETECT TRACE QUANTITIES OF URANIUM IN SURFACE SOILS AND PRODUCED SIGNIFICANT COST AND TIME SAVINGS IN THE FINAL ENVIRONMENTAL RELEASE SURVEYS FOR THE PLANT PROPERTY. WHILE SUCCESSFUL IN ITS INTENDED APPLICATION, THE SIMPLE MONITOR HAD SIGNIFICANT LIMITATIONS IN DETECTOR RESOLUTION, DATA ACQUISITION, AND PORTABILITY THAT RESTRICT ITS USE AS A GENERAL PURPOSE MONITOR FOR FIELD USE. THE PROPOSED MONITORING SYSTEM SHOULD HAVE THE CAPABILITY TO ACCURATELY TRACK TRACE RADIOACTIVE CONTAMINANTS AND NATURALLY OCCURING RADIONUCLIDES IN SOIL, AND HAVE THE ADVANTAGE OF BEING SMALL, WATERPROOF, AND COMPLETELY FIELD PORTABLE. SINCCE THE FEASIBILITY OF THE MONITORING SYSTEM HAS ALREADY BEEN DEMONSTRATED, WE PROPOSE TO BEGIN DEVELOPMENT OF THE SYSTEM IN PHASE I.

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