Light Weight Radiation Hardened Enclosures for Electronic Components on board Missiles and Spacecraft

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Missile Defense Agency
Amount:
$99,999.00
Award Year:
2006
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W9113M-06-C-0085
Agency Tracking Number:
053-1354
Solicitation Year:
2005
Solicitation Topic Code:
MDA05-031
Solicitation Number:
2005.3
Small Business Information
HY-TECH RESEARCH CORP.
104 Centre Ct., Radford, VA, 24141
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
101711786
Principal Investigator:
Edward Yadlowsky
President
(540) 639-4019
eyadlowsky@hytechresearch.com
Business Contact:
Robert Hazelton
Secretary/Treasurer
(540) 639-4019
bhazelton@hytechresearch.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Nuclear radiation that penetrates the skin of an exothermic kill vehicle can damage sensitive electronic components on board. Radiation shields to protect these components must absorb the radiation (x-rays, neutrons, or gamma rays), absorb any cascade by-products, such as photoelectrons, and mitigate the effects of stress waves (shocks) generated by the absorption process. HY-Tech is proposing a multi-layer shield consisting of a high Z outer layer to absorb high energy x-rays (100-300 keV) and a porous B4C middle layer, which provides rigidity to the structure and moderates the neutron flux. The porous B4C layer absorbs photoelectrons emitted by the x-ray absorption in the outer layer and acts as an acoustic miss-match to mitigate shock wave propagation to the internal components. The Phase I effort will fabricate B4C samples with a high Z absorbing layer on one side. The transmission of 100-300 keV x-rays through this two-layered shield will be measured on a x-ray simulor. The neutron shielding and shock isolation properties will be calculated using analytical and numerical techniques.

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