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Phase II Grants Fund NDT Tools for Nuclear Sites

Thursday, August 16, 2018

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Radiation Monitoring Devices, a subsidiary of Dynasil Corporation of America (Newton, Massachusetts) announced last week that it received two Phase II grants for technology for nondestructive testing of structures related to the nuclear industry.

Nuclear plant
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, public domain

Both technologies funded by the Phase II grants will enable nondestructive testing in nuclear settings.

RMD will receive a total of $2 million under the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs to develop two pieces of technology for monitoring crucial nuclear structures.

Monitoring Waste Casks, Concrete Rebar

One of the technologies is a wireless self-powered detector for nuclear waste cask systems. Waste casks, usually a steel structure with a secondary steel or concrete containment layer, serve to hold spent nuclear fuel for years, and must be monitored to ensure they are not breaking down. As part of a larger project under the Department of Energy that will develop monitoring equipment to be placed in the lids of nuclear casks, RMD is developing the sensors, to detect radioactive decay.

The other technology uses eddy current technology to assess the steel reinforcement in concrete structures at nuclear power plants. The company notes that with the aging of the U.S. nuclear-power infrastructure comes greater need for nondestructive testing to ensure the structures’ integrity. RMD’s technology will, the company says, reduce costs and provide more reliable information about the condition of steel rebar while limiting downtime at the plants.

Phase II grants under SBIR and STTR are awarded for the continuation of work funded by the programs in Phase I. Some federal agencies offer the possibility of Phase III funding for the commercialization and marketing of technologies developed in Phase I and Phase II of SBIR and STTR.


Tagged categories: Eddy-current thickness gauge; Government; Grants; NA; North America; Nuclear Power Plants; Quality Control; Testing + Evaluation; U.S. Department of Energy

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