Non-Radiactive Alternative to Replace Radioactive Sources in Commercial Applications

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Homeland Security
Branch:
N/A
Amount:
$999,977.39
Award Year:
2009
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
HSHQDC-09-00114
Agency Tracking Number:
SBIR-08-1-TA4-STA1-II
Solicitation Year:
2008
Solicitation Topic Code:
08.1-4
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Starfire Industries LLC
2109 South Oak Street, Suite 100, Champaign, IL, 61820-0905
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
119289051
Principal Investigator
 Robert Stubbers
 rstubbers@starfireindustries.com
Business Contact
 Brian Jurczyk
Email: bjurczyk@starfireindustries.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Design, build, test and evaluate an engineering prototype neutron generator for Am-Be replacement that is to scale and function to simulate ruggedness and suitability for borehole applications. In Phase II, Starfire will develop the most difficult tool for design and evaluation, the 1-11/16” bore tool for 2” cased oil/gas wells, which has the greatest market application. The unit output will be based on the D-D fusion reaction sufficient to replace the 4-Ci Am-Be source used on the 2” cased wellbore porosity tool. Starfire will perform testing and analysis under equivalent environmental and physical conditions by leveraging existing evaluation and manufacturing resources with a Phase II cost-matching & manufacturing partner. At the conclusion of Phase II, an arrangement with an industrial well logger/end-user will be obtained for subsequent field trials to evaluate efficacy, setting the stage for Phase III commercialization. The proposed neutron source technology with low cost-of-ownership will enable industrial users to transition to a non-radioactive alternative. In addition, there are other homeland security applications that will benefit from a compact source

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