Non-Radioactive Alternative to Replace Radioactive Sources in Commercial Applications

Award Information
Agency: Department of Homeland Security
Branch: N/A
Contract: HSHQDC-08-C-00152
Agency Tracking Number: 08-1-TA4-STA1-023
Amount: $149,999.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
60 Hazelwood Drive, Champaign, IL, 61820
DUNS: 119289051
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Robert Stubbers
 Principal Investigator
 (217) 390-2784
 rstubbers@starfireindustries.com
Business Contact
 Brian Jurczyk
Title: President
Phone: (708) 955-6691
Email: bjurczyk@starfireindustries.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
This Starfire Industries Phase I SBIR project specifically addresses the need to replace Am-Be sources for the well-logging industry and other applications where sealed radioactive sources are being used. Market factors inhibiting DT fusion neutron generators from replacing Am-Be sources are: (1) still use radioactive tritium (licensing/export), (2) tube lifetimes are measured in hundreds of hours, (3) high cost of ownership and tube replacement, (4) neutron energies are too high for porosity and elemental analysis applications, and (5) there is difficulty overcoming "analysis inertia". Starfire Industries is proposing an innovative fusion neutron generator solution to improve output efficiency, extend lifetime, and reduce total cost-of-ownership, while enabling survivability in the harsh wellbore environment. Phase I will explore the feasibility of the technical approach. A novel option for the replacement of pulsed DT tubes is also presented. A commercialization partner has been identified for a Phase II Cost Match.

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