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Topic Information Award/Contract Number Proposal Information Company Performance
Period
Award/Contract
Value
Abstract

08.1-4
Non-Radioactive Alternatives or Techniques to Replace Radioactive Sources in Commercial Applications

HSHQDC-08-C-00152 SBIR-08-1-TA4-STA1
(HSHQDC-08-R-00066 Phase I)
Non-Radioactive Alternative to Replace Radioactive Sources in Commercial Applications

Starfire Industries LLC
60 Hazelwood Drive
Champaign, IL 61820-7460

09/22/2008
to
03/21/2009
$149,999.00

This Starfire Industries Phase I SBIR project specifically addresses the need to replace Am-Be sources for the well-logging industry and other applications where sealed radioactive sources are being used. Market factors inhibiting DT fusion neutron generators from replacing Am-Be sources are: (1) still use radioactive tritium (licensing/export), (2) tube lifetimes are measured in hundreds of hours, (3) high cost of ownership and tube replacement, (4) neutron energies are too high for porosity and elemental analysis applications, and (5) there is difficulty overcoming "analysis inertia". Starfire Industries is proposing an innovative fusion neutron generator solution to improve output efficiency, extend lifetime, and reduce total cost-of-ownership, while enabling survivability in the harsh wellbore environment. Phase I will explore the feasibility of the technical approach. A novel option for the replacement of pulsed DT tubes is also presented. A commercialization partner has been identified for a Phase II Cost Match.

08.1-4
Non-Radioactive Alternatives or Techniques to Replace Radioactive Sources in Commercial Applications

HSHQDC-09-C-00114 SBIR-08-1-TA4-STA1-II
(HSHQDC-08-R-00066 Phase II)
Non-Radioactive Alternative to Replace Radioactive Sources in Commercial Applications

Starfire Industries LLC
2109 South Oak Street, Suite 100
Champaign, IL 61820-0905

09/02/2009
to
03/01/2010
$266,092.46

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.