PRESENT ISOTOPIC HEAT SOURCES FOR RADIOSCOPE THERMOELECTRIC GENERATORS HAVE POTENIALLY SERIOUS PROBLEMS WITH TOXICITY AND ACCOUNTABILITY.

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 279
Amount: $54,232.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1983
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Thermacore Inc.
780 Eden Road, Lancaster, PA, 17601
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
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Business Contact
 G. Yale Eastman
Phone: (717) 569-6551
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
PRESENT ISOTOPIC HEAT SOURCES FOR RADIOSCOPE THERMOELECTRIC GENERATORS HAVE POTENIALLY SERIOUS PROBLEMS WITH TOXICITY AND ACCOUNTABILITY. IT IS DESIRED TO IDENTIFY ALTERNATIVE ISOTOPIC FUELS THAT DO NOT HAVE THESE PROBLEMS. THE PROPOSEDPROGRAM INVOLVES THE DEVELOPMENT OF A TECHNIQUE FOR CONSTANT INPUT POWER AND TEMPERATURE TO THERMOELECTRIC CONVERTERS THROUGH SEVERAL ISOTOPE HALF LIVES. THIS WILL PERMIT THE USE OF NON-WEAPONS GRADE ISOTOPES WITH TOXICITIESAS MUCH AS 10,000 TIMES LESS THAN PU238.

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