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Solid-State Sensors and Sensor Arrays for Advanced Pipe Inspection

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2013 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
77094
Solicitation Year:
2013
Solicitation Topic Code:
19e
Solicitation Number:
DE-FOA-0000801
Small Business Information
Radiation Monitoring Devices, Inc.
44 Hunt Street Watertown, MA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2013
Title: Solid-State Sensors and Sensor Arrays for Advanced Pipe Inspection
Agency: DOE
Contract: DE-FG02-13ER90718
Award Amount: $224,989.00
 

Abstract:

Nuclear power is an important part of the Nations energy security providing 20 percent of U.S. electricity generation without the emission of gases associated with global climate change and air pollution. The DOE would like to improve and optimize the performance of nuclear power plants by improving the reliability of monitoring plant equipment to improve diagnostics, safety and reliability. This includes new technology for non-destructive evaluation (NDE). Preliminary research at RMD has shown that its new solid state AMR sensors for eddy current test (ECT) and NDE can be fabricated as linear arrays on flexible sheets that contour to complex shapes like curved pipes and welds. RMD and its industrial partners will capitalize on the unique performance features of AMR sensors to develop and test sensors designed specifically for the challenges of pipe inspection. Both laboratory samples and actual pipe samples from failures in the field will be evaluated to create sensors for superior NDE of pipes. The solid-state sensor arrays conform to curved surfaces such as the inside of pipes making it possible to more closely inspect components resulting in faster, higher sensitivity and more reliable detection of defects. The sensor arrays will be compatible with existing ECT equipment making them readily adoptable for superior ECT by industries using ECT including power generation, aircraft inspection, transportation, oil drilling, and pipeline inspection.

Principal Investigator:

Timothy Tiernan
Mr.
6176686856
ttiernan@rmdinc.com

Business Contact:

Louise Johnson
Ms.
6176686811
ljohnson@rmdinc.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Radiation Monitoring Devices, Inc.
44 Hunt Street Watertown, MA -

EIN/Tax ID: 262897516
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No