High-Efficiency Long-Lifetime Neutron Generator For Radiographic Munitions and IED Inspection

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$1,980,000.00
Award Year:
2009
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
W15QKN-08-C-0516
Agency Tracking Number:
A072-040-0419
Solicitation Year:
2007
Solicitation Topic Code:
A07-040
Solicitation Number:
2007.2
Small Business Information
Starfire Industries, LLC
2109 South Oak Street, Suite 100, Champaign, IL, 61820
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
119289051
Principal Investigator:
Robert Stubbers
Vice President/CTO
(217) 390-2784
rstubbers@starfireindustries.com
Business Contact:
Brian Jurczyk
President
(708) 955-6691
bjurczyk@starfireindustries.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Sealed-tube fusion neutron generator (FNG) sources have on-off capability and relatively small size suitable for small-footprint neutron radiography (NR) and non-destructive evaluation (NDE) systems; however, lifetime of these tubes at the desired output levels is short (a few hundred hours due to target degradation at high power), and thus have prohibitive operating cost. Starfire Industries proposed an innovative FNG solution to improve output efficiency and lifetime in a compact configuration to become cost and mission competitive. In Phase I, Starfire demonstrated the technical and commercial feasibility of an advanced, compact, high-flux FNG with higher conversion efficiency (>3x) and longer lifetime (>20x) compared to the current state-of-the-art. In Phase II, Starfire will evaluate a 1E10 DD n/s compact source as a precursor to a 1E12 DT n/s system, and present novel approaches to source and illumination system design for reduced cost-of-ownership NR inspection and other NDE applications. Starfire’s technology value proposition based on four factors: (a) small system size, (b) long overall lifetime, (c) high output efficiency and (d) reduced total cost of ownership. In addition, novel moderator designs could lead to relaxed requirements on total neutron flux and radiographic system size for industrial use.

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