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Graphical User Interface for Simplified Neutron Transport Calculations

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-FG02-09ER85546
Agency Tracking Number: 91553
Amount: $97,669.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 60 c
Solicitation Number: DE-PS02-08ER08-34
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2008
Award Year: 2009
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
87 Sibert
Richland, WA 99354
United States
DUNS: 028115876
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
  Schwarz
 Dr.
 (509) 539-8621
 randyschwarz@mcnpvised.com
Business Contact
 Randolph Schwarz
Title: Dr.
Phone: (509) 539-8621
Email: randyschwarz@mcnpvised.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract

With the increased importance in performing neutron calculations for homeland security applications and defense nuclear nonproliferation tasks, it becomes increasingly important to have an efficient method for performing simple neutron transport calculations. Codes such as the Monte Carlo N-particle (MCNP) exist that can perform the transport calculations; however, the technical details in setting up, running, and interpreting the required simulations are quite complex and typically go beyond the abilities of most users. This project will develop a software program that can create an MCNP input file and is constrained to a number of simple geometries, source, and detector configurations. The goal is to create a simplified user interface that will allow a user to specify a simple geometry configuration, select from specific source geometries, and then specify detector types and locations. Commercial Applications and other Benefits as described by the awardee A simplified neutron transport tool would benefit include the DOE Office of Nonproliferation Research and Development, the Department of Homeland Security, the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office, and the Defense Threat Reduction Agency. A large demand for this tool is anticipated, as no such capability now exists. Similar programs that perform only photon calculations currently sell for approximately $2,000 a copy

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