Superinsulation for Ductwork

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-FG03-01ER83263
Agency Tracking Number: 65253S01-I
Amount: $99,894.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2001
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
P.O. Box 1879, Friday Harbor, WA, 98250
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Heidi deLopez
 Senior Research Scientist
 (360) 378-4137
Business Contact
 Dan Wittkopp
Title: Business Manager
Phone: (360) 378-4137
Research Institution
65253 It is desirable to mass produce low cost targets for Inertial Fusion Energy (IFE) by a fully automated process. This project will adapt and improve techniques currently in development for producing targets for the National Ignition Facility for this application. In particular, an automated process will be developed to form and coat a polyimide mandrel until the desired wall thickness is obtained. The polyimide will then be imidized in place to achieve the desired material properties. In Phase I, mandrels will be formed using an innovative bubble blowing technique leading to in situ levitation and curing. Coating and curing parameters will be varied to determine an optimal process. The coated, cured capsules will be characterized. To the extent possible, production processes will be automated to show the feasibility of fabricating target capsules within the desired cost constraints. Commercial Applications And Other Benefits as described by awardee: Commercialization of the target fabrication process should speed the development of fusion reactors for producing electric power at an economical price. Mass-produced target capsules could cost less than $0.30 each.

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