Ultrasensitive, Portable Isotope Ratio Analyzer

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-FG02-01ER83328
Agency Tracking Number: 65411S01-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
830 Boston Turnpike, Shrewsbury, MA, 01545
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Charles Renaud
 Project Engineer
 (508) 842-0174
Business Contact
 Terence Wong
Title: Vice President
Phone: (508) 842-0174
Email: twong@super-wire.com
Research Institution
65411 The high energy physics community requires the development of superconducting wires for use in magnets that generate magnetic fields of 15T and above. Currently, Nb3Sn is the only commercially available superconductor capable of operating at such high fields. Powder-In-Tube (PIT) Nb3Sn conductor has shown attractive performance and good strain resistance. However, cost is a major drawback, particularly powder costs. This program seeks to reduce the cost of the PIT process. This project will investigate alternative powder fabrication routes for NbSn2 powder for eventual application in PIT Nb3Sn conductor development. These alternative processing routes have the promise of producing high quality powder in a single step and at greatly reduced cost. Phase I will investigate several different fabrication approaches: melt diffusion, chemical solution precipitation, and nanophase composite powder. They will be evaluated with regard to practicality, quality of product, scalability, and especially cost. Commercial Applications and Other Benefits as described by awardee: A low cost multifilamentary Nb3Sn superconducting wire with high current carrying capacities in high magnetic fields should find many applications in accelerator, fusion, and NMR magnets.

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