Fiber Optic Reflector Health Monitoring System

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$100,000.00
Award Year:
2009
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
DE-FG02-09ER85469
Award Id:
94527
Agency Tracking Number:
91611
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
1 Riverside Circle, Suite 400, Roanoke, VA, 24016
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
627132913
Principal Investigator:
Vladimir Kochergin
Dr.
(540) 769-8400
submissions301@lunainnovations.com
Business Contact:
Michael Pruzan
Mr.
(540) 769-8430
pruzanm@lunainnovations.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
Currently, evaluations of the structural components in a nuclear reactor require scheduled interruptions in the reactor¿s operations for off-line inspection and possible replacement of damaged components. At present, no method exists for in-line evaluation because available structural monitoring solutions are unstable in a high-radiation/high-temperature environment. This project will develop a health monitoring system for nuclear reactor structural components based on a revolutionary all-fiber-optic ultrasonic technology. Phase I will develop and demonstrate the operation of such a system in a nuclear reactor at moderate neutron doses. In Phase II, the structural monitoring of stainless steel samples in a nuclear reactor will be demonstrated at realistic levels of radiation and temperatures. Commercial Applications and other Benefits as described by the awardee The in-line health monitoring of a nuclear reactor¿s structural components would enable the commercialization of Gen-IV reactor designs, as well as increase safety in PWR (pressurized water reactors) and other Gen-III designs already in operation. These radiation-tolerant, high-temperature sensors and transducers also should find application in space probes, rocket engine monitoring, rocket engine development, and gas turbine health monitoring

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