Ultrasonic Drawing of Advanced A15 Strand, Piece-Length Enhancement, Bonding, and Stabilizer Attachment

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-FG02-01ER83248
Agency Tracking Number: 65491S01-I
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2001
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
1009 Alvin Weinberg Drive, Oak Ridge, TN, 37830
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Manfred Kopp
 (865) 483-8675
Business Contact
 Daniel Kopp
Title: President
Phone: (865) 483-8675
Email: dkopp@ordela.com
Research Institution
65491 Currently available position-sensitive neutron detectors limit the full utilization of beam power and resolution capabilities of existing or proposed steady-state and pulsed neutron scattering facilities used in materials research. To remove some of these limitations, this project will develop advanced neutron detectors based on a novel pixel-cell design with miniature ionization-chambers. Sets of these pixel-cells and their pulse processing electronics will be grouped into detector modules and arranged in a common gas envelope to build neutron detectors with substantially improved characteristics and versatility. In Phase I, the characteristics of this pixel-cell design will be investigated. A detector module will be developed and tested in a high-intensity, pulsed neutron source to (1) characterize its performance; (2) demonstrate the feasibility of building a large-area detector (¿1mm2) with high count-rate capability (106n/s per pixel), low gamma sensitivity, and high efficiency (65% @ 9 meV); and (3) prove this new detector technology is adaptable to meet future neutron-detector development requirements. Commercial Applications and Other Benefits as described by awardee: The improved detectors should find applications in neutron-scattering facilities in the U.S. and worldwide because they enable the full utilization beam of power and resolution capability and greatly reduce operation costs. Other fields of neutron imaging (e.g., airport security and radiography) should also benefit from this research.

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