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Proposal Number: SBIR-08-1-TA4-STA1-II
Proposal Title: Non-Radioactive Alternative to Replace Radioactive Sources in Commercial Applications
Topic Number: 08.1-4
Phase: Phase II
Topic Title: Non-Radioactive Alternatives or Techniques to Replace Radioactive Sources in Commercial Applications
Organization: Starfire Industries LLC
Address: 60 Hazelwood Drive
Champaign, IL 61820-7460  
Abstract: Design, build, test and evaluate an engineering prototype neutron generator for Am-Be replacement that is to scale and function to simulate ruggedness and suitability for borehole applications. In Phase II, Starfire will develop the most difficult tool for design and evaluation, the 1-11/16" bore tool for 2" cased oil/gas wells, which has the greatest market application. The unit output will be based on the D-D fusion reaction sufficient to replace the 4-Ci Am-Be source used on the 2¿ cased wellbore porosity tool. Starfire will perform testing and analysis under equivalent environmental and physical conditions by leveraging existing evaluation and manufacturing resources with a Phase II cost-matching & manufacturing partner. At the conclusion of Phase II, an arrangement with an industrial well logger/end-user will be obtained for subsequent field trials to evaluate efficacy, setting the stage for Phase III commercialization. The proposed neutron source technology with low cost-of-ownership will enable industrial users to transition to a non-radioactive alternative. In addition, there are other homeland security applications that will benefit from a compact source.
Award/Contract Number: HSHQDC-09-C-00114
Period of Performance: 09/02/2009 - 03/01/2010
Award/Contract Value: $266,092.46
Award/Obligated Amount: $266,092.46