Neutron Radiography for Complementary Non-Destructive Evaluation/Testing for Stockpile Reliability Programs of U.S. Army Tactical Missile Systems

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W31P4Q-09-C-0058
Agency Tracking Number: A082-028-0400
Amount: $69,999.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solitcitation Year: 2008
Solitcitation Topic Code: A08-028
Solitcitation Number: 2008.2
Small Business Information
60 Hazelwood Drive, Champaign, IL, 61820
Duns: 119289051
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Brian Jurczyk
 (708) 955-6691
Business Contact
 Brian Jurczyk
Title: President
Phone: (708) 955-6691
Research Institution
Neutron Radiography (NR) is a non-destructive evaluation/non-destructive testing technique that is an ideal complement to current x-ray techniques because of differences in how neutrons interact with matter; providing superior contrast for imaging lightweight organic materials, especially adhesives, propellants, liners, and composite materials. Complimentary neutron-based imaging for energetic munitions has been demonstrated by Picatinny Arsenal/PEO Ammo; however, NR has traditionally been limited to a small number of locations around the world because of the relative difficulty of producing neutrons—typically requiring a nuclear reactor, accelerator facility, or significant quantities of radioactive material. Starfire Industries is developing an electronic neutron source that is compact, safe and highly efficient; enabling NR to be performed on-site at production facilities or material storage locations for NDE/NDT inspection. This Phase I SBIR project will demonstrate the applicability of the NR technique to meet the specific requirements of Redstone Arsenal/PEO Missiles and Space for tactical missile stockpile reliability—in particular simulating detector imaging sensitivity and defect resolution for materials of interest. Once feasibility is established and NR station requirements known, a preliminary system design based on the Starfire advanced neutron source can be evaluated for performance, safety and cost.

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