Alternative Source for Neutron Generation
Agency / Branch:
DOD / ARMY
This Small Business Innovative Research Phase 1 proposal requests $100,000 support for TechSource to identify and document feasible technology options to replace the White Sands Fast Burst Reactor (FBR); reference Army Topic Number A12-088,"Alternative Source for Neutron Generation. The U.S. Army requires a neutron generator to replace the FBR highly enriched uranium (HEU) based technology with a Low Enriched Uranium (LEU) technology that produces a radiation environment for nuclear survivability testing while reducing life-cycle costs, and increasing reliability and availability requirements. There is no obvious, low risk, economical approach to a HEU to LEU transition. TechSource will analyze the extensive body of knowledge in this area. We then will apply innovations to existing technologies and extend national lab research of critical experiments facilities, conversion of HEU reactors to LEU reactors, and application of accelerator technologies to enhance neutron environments. Our principal investigator (Ms. Charlene Cappiello) has recent, relevant, and firsthand knowledge and experience in radiation testing and experimentation environments. Our subject matter experts also have the firsthand, related science and technology knowledge experience needed to efficiently produce the most comprehensive analysis of what is feasible and provide the data for the required program and business case decision.
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