Ultrasonic In-Situ Characterization of Tank Waste

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-FG02-09ER85475
Agency Tracking Number: 91601
Amount: $99,994.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solitcitation Year: 2008
Solitcitation Topic Code: 65 a
Solitcitation Number: DE-PS02-08ER08-34
Small Business Information
Luna Innovations Incorporated
1 Riverside Circle, Suite 400, Roanoke, VA, 24016
Duns: 627132913
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Paul Panetta
 (757) 224-5724
Business Contact
 Angela Keen
Title: Ms.
Phone: (540) 552-5128
Email: submissions340@lunainnovations.com
Research Institution
The estimated cost for the retrieval, treatment, and disposal of underground and above-ground waste at DOE facilities exceeds $50 billion. At the high waste concentrations in storage tanks at these facilities, current waste characterization technologies are not effective; consequently, a significant dilution of the waste is required for characterization, which generates even more waste to be processed. Thus, a need exists to develop non-invasive characterization techniques ¿ including measurements of particle size, fraction of solids, density, and viscosity ¿ that avoid the generation of secondary waste. This project will develop ultrasonic technology for the rapid on-line characterization of the physical properties of waste slurries during all phases of the remediation process: from in-tank characterization of sediments to the monitoring of the concentration, particle size, and degree of agglomeration and gelation of slurries during transport. Commercial Applications and other Benefits as described by the awardeeBeyond the characterization of the waste in DOE tanks, the technology should be applicable to the characterization of industrial slurries from the chemical, biological, and pharmaceutical industries.

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