IMPROVEMENT OF CARBON FOILS

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$306,464.00
Award Year:
1984
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
n/a
Award Id:
411
Agency Tracking Number:
411
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
4152e. Sixth Street, Tucson, AZ, 85711
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
D. Stanley Bashkin
() -
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
INCREASINGLY SERIOUS PROBLEMS ARE OCCURRING IN THE SUPPLY OF CARBON FOILS FOR USE IN HIGH ENERGY ACCELERATORS, WHERE THE FOILS ARE USED FOR INSTANCE TO CONVERT NEGATIVE HYDROGENIONS INTO PROTONS. WE ARE THE MAJOR U.S. SOURCE OF THESE FOILS. WE PRESENTLY SUPPLY THEM TO BROOKHAVEN, BERKELEY, LIVERMORE, ARGONNE, AND HAVE PREVIOUSLY SOLD THEM TO FERMILAB. NOW WE HAVE BEEN ASKED TO PROVIDE THEM FOR THE NEW STORAGE RING FACILITY AT LOS ALAMOS, WHERE THEY WILL BE CONSUMED IN LARGE QUANTITIES. THE PROBLEM IS THAT OUR PRESENT PRODUCTION METHODS ARE SLOW. MOREOVER, THE UNIFORMITY OF THE PRODUCT IS NOT ENTIRELY SATISFACTORY, SO THAT ONLY A FEW OF THE PRODUCT FOILS CAN BE SENT TO CUSTOMERS, THE OTHERS BEING DISCARDED. IN CONSEQUENCE, THE FOILS ARE EXPENSIVE. WE PROPOSE TO INVESTIGATE THE CAUSES OF THE NON-UNIFORMITY AND TO DEVELOP IMPROVED METHODS OF PRODUCTION, BOTH AS TO YIELD AND QUALITY. WE EXPECT TO BE ABLE TO REDUCE THE PRICE OF THE FOILS AND, EQUALLY IMPORTANTTO SATISFY THE GROWING NEED FOR THEM.

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