Development of Alternative Reduced-Cost Helium Vessels for ILC Cavities

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-FG02-08ER85054
Agency Tracking Number: N/A
Amount: $99,666.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: 48 a
Solicitation Number: DE-PS02-07ER07-36
Small Business Information
27 Industrial Blvd. Unit E, Medford, NY, 11763
DUNS: 042903026
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Joseph Sredniawski
 Mr.
 (631) 345-6264
 joe_sredniawski@mail.aesys.net
Business Contact
 Timothy Myers
Title: Mr.
Phone: (631) 345-6264
Email: tim_myers@mail.aesys.net
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The International Linear Collider represents the next great undertaking for the worldwide high energy physics community. In addition to the technical challenges, the political realities demand that ILC R&D focus on reducing the cost of the components of this massive facility. The helium vessels that enclose each of the 16,000 superconducting cavities have been identified as a cost driver for the cryomodules. Lower cost alternatives must be explored. For reasons of thermal compatibility, the helium vessels for the ILC cavities are currently made from titanium, which are very expensive. This project will design a stainless steel helium vessel system for the ILC cavities based on stainless-steel-to-niobium transitions. Commercial Applications and other Benefits as described by the awardee: A lower cost helium vessel design should offer cost savings to the ILC that may be in the tens of millions of dollars. The design also should be applicable to all future superconducting RF cavity systems.

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