A Compact and portable laser Ultrasound Visualization Tool for Non-destructive Evaluation of Nuclear Reactor Components

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$225,000.00
Award Year:
2013
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
DE-FG02-13ER90709
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
77081
Solicitation Year:
2013
Solicitation Topic Code:
19e
Solicitation Number:
DE-FOA-0000801
Small Business Information
510 Philadelphia Pike, Wilmington, DE, 19809-0000
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
Y
Duns:
808480086
Principal Investigator:
Pengcheng Lv
Dr.
(302) 998-1116
pengcheng@alphasense.net
Business Contact:
Xin Zhang
Ms.
(302) 998-1116
xin@alphasense.net
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
To ensure safe and reliable power production by nuclear power plants, a wide variety of materials and components need to undergo inspections and maintenances at pre-determined intervals. Condition based maintenance is highly desirable because it can potentially avoid unnecessarily costly maintenance actions and associated error induced failures. Consequently, it can help achieve nearly all the maintenance targets concerning safety, reliability and cost. To fulfill this goal, AlphaSense proposes to develop a compact and portable laser ultrasound visualization tool for non-destructive evaluation of key nuclear reactor materials and components. If successful, the proposed technology will advance the state of the art in the non- destructive evaluations of materials and components used in nuclear reactors. The proposed sensor will be a powerful quality assurance tool under both manufacturing and in-service conditions of nuclear reactor materials and components. The depolyment of the sensor in the field can significantly improve the safety of the workers and the public members near the nuclear power generation facilities by detecting defects and damages in the nuclear reactor components in an early stage.

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