Advanced SiCN Materials and Sensors for Generation IV Reactors

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-FG02-11ER90022
Agency Tracking Number: 97605
Amount: $149,988.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2011
Solicitation Topic Code: 58 a
Solicitation Number: DE-FOA-0000413
Small Business Information
515 Courtney Way Suite B, Lafayette, CO, -
DUNS: 128688111
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Yiping Liu
 (303) 516-9075
Business Contact
 Brian Schaible
Title: Dr.
Phone: (303) 516-9075
Research Institution
Improvements and advances are needed for systems and component technologies that ultimately would be used in the design, construction, or operation of existing and future nuclear power plants, and Generation IV nuclear power systems. Of particular need are sensors and instrumentation with improved reliability and accuracy that can withstand temperatures in excess of 1600 C and harsh environments encountered in advanced Generation IV high temperature gas reactor designs and sodium fast reactors including flowing helium, liquid sodium, very high neutron flux levels, etc. Sporian Microsystems, Inc. has established a solid track record of successful research and development of polymer derived SiCN high temperature sensors and packaging architectures. SiCN is a relatively new class of high temperature ceramic materials synthesized by thermal decomposition of polymeric precursors, which possesses excellent mechanical properties, tunable electric properties and superior oxidation and corrosion resistance at high temperatures up to 1600 C. Sporian proposes to experimentally evaluate the suitability of SiCN material formulations as functional materials in Generation IV high temperature gas reactor designs and sodium fast reactors, and based on the results, develop preliminary sensor concepts for future development. Commercial Applications and Other Benefits: Specific groups that stand to directly benefit from the proposed sensor suites include nuclear generator OEMs and operators, fossil fuel turbine and boiler OEMs and operators, petroleum refineries, propulsion turbine OEMs and operators and industrial furnace OEMs and operators. Customers and owners of these organizations also stand to benefit directly from the proposed technology as operational efficiencies are realized in lower prices for customers and increased shareholder value for owners. Society at large will tend to benefit from these developments as operational efficiencies manifest as decreases in fuel consumption and emissions

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