INFRARED MOISTURE MONITOR

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$473,256.00
Award Year:
1984
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
403
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Spectral Sciences Inc.
99 So. Bedford Street, Burlington, MA, 01803
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Dr. Lawrence S. Bernstein
() -
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
SMALL CONCENTRATIONS OF WATER VAPOR IN THE HELIUM LOOPS OF AHIGH TEMPERATURE GAS REACTOR (HTGR) CAN ADVERSELY EFFECT THEFUEL ASSEMBLIES AND GRAPHITE STRUCTURES. SHORTCOMINGS IN THE PRESENT MOISTURE MONITOR MAKE IT DESIRABLE TO EXPLORE OTHER TECHNIQUES. WE PRESENT A METHOD BASED ON BROADBAND INFRARED ABSORPTION OF H(2)O IN THE 2.7 UM REGION WHICH IS RELIABLE, RELATIVELY INEXPENSIVE, AND SENSITIVE OVER THE 1 - 10,000 PPM H(2)O CONCENTRATION RANGE. BY CHOOSING ADDITIONAL BANDPASSES IN THE 2.7 UM REGION IT IS ALSO FEASIBLE TO SIMULTANEOUSLY MONITOR BOTH CO AND CO(2) CONCENTRATIONS IN THE RANGE OF 1 PPM OR GREATER. THE OBJECTIVES OF THE PHASE I RESEARCH ARE TO IDENTIFY AND EVALUATE THE CRITICAL ENGINEERING AND COST CONSTRAINTS AND EMPLOY THESE IN A FEASIBILITY ANALYSIS OF VARIOUS TRIAL DESIGNS. THE BEST DESIGN FROM PHASE I WILL BE BUILT AND TESTED IN PHASE II.

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