Accident Condition Temperature Monitoring up to 1600??C in Gen-IV Reactors using Sapphire Fiber Optic Sensors

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Energy
Amount:
$100,000.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
DE-FG02-10ER85830
Solitcitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Number:
DE-FOA-0000161
Branch:
N/A
Award Year:
2010
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
94895
Solicitation Topic Code:
55 a
Small Business Information
Lambda Instruments, Inc.
840 University City Blvd., Suite 4, Blacksburg, VA, 24060
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
133461553
Principal Investigator
 Jon Greene
 Mr.
 (540) 953-1796
 jgreene@lambdainc.com
Business Contact
 Jon Greene
Title: Mr.
Phone: (540) 953-1796
Email: jgreene@lambdainc.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Nuclear energy is widely held as being the only viable source of abundant, CO2 emissions-free electrical energy meeting projected needs in the near term. The primary challenges associated with emerging Very High Temperature Reactors (VHTR) stem from their extremely high operating temperatures, especially during accident conditions. This environment has necessitated new material systems to be developed for most of the core construction. There currently exists no method to directly measure peak temperatures during an accident which is needed to ensure fuel integrity. In order to meet these challenges, extremely high-temperature sensors must be developed. Lambda Instruments, Inc. proposes to develop extremely high-temperature, radiation-hardened fiber optic temperature sensors based on their unique sapphire waveguide technology. Sapphire is an inherently high-temperature material and has been shown to retain acceptable transmission properties in moderate radiation environments. Lambda Instruments has developed sapphire fiber-based optical sensors and has demonstrated strain sensors operating up to 1200

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