Remote Characterization of Radiologically Contaminated Pipelines using Reactive Gaseous Tracers

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-FG02-08ER86334
Agency Tracking Number: 85813
Amount: $99,670.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: 38 a
Solicitation Number: DE-PS02-07ER07-36
Small Business Information
8203 W. Quinault, Bldg. C, Suite 200, Kennewick, WA, 99336
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Wesley Bratton
 (509) 737-1377
Business Contact
 Phillip Ohl
Title: Mr
Phone: (509) 737-1377
Research Institution
 Pacific Northwest Laboratories
 Julie L Hughes
 902 Battelle Rd
Richland, WA, 99352
 (509) 371-7202
 Federally funded R&D center (FFRDC)
Current pipeline characterization approaches at former DOE nuclear facilities generally require either the removal of sections of the pipeline for direct measurements or the use of remote crawlers for taking samples. In order to reduce deactivation and decommissioning costs, improved remote characterization techniques are needed to evaluate these pipelines, which may have residual radiological contamination. These techniques must determine whether or not contamination exists within the pipeline and at what level, while the pipeline is still in place. This project will develop, evaluate, and demonstrate reactive gaseous tracers that permanently change form when exposed to radiological contamination. Once specific tracers are identified and their reactive properties are quantified, they can be utilized with a previously developed pipeline characterization approach to determine, for pipelines of any diameter and with any number of bends and size reductions, if the pipeline is contaminated. Commercial Applications and other Benefits as described by the awardee: The technology should benefit all sites within the DOE complex and also should be applicable to other contaminants, with appropriate tracer selection, throughout various industries that either are removing piping or must ensure a pipeline is sufficiently clean prior to starting another batch run.

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