Request for Network Insight in support of Strategic Radiation Test Equipment – Electron Linear Accelerator

This S2MARTS announcement is intended to pulse NSTXL’s Innovation Network to discover potential solutions that will evolve radiation testing. This request is for planning purposes only and does not constitute a Request for Solution or an invitation to submit formal proposals. The Government & NSTXL are not liable for reimbursing any costs associated with response preparation.

Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division (NSWC Crane), Radiation Sciences Branch (GXMR),  is interested in possibly pursuing the design and fabrication of a prompt dose rate Linear Accelerator (LINAC) prototype for radiation testing on electronic devices and Integrated Circuits (ICs).

Responses are requested no later than 12:00PM ET on Friday, 7/31/2020 and may be submitted via email to [email protected]. No classified information may be included, and information contained within the response must be marked appropriately.

There are no formatting restrictions, however responses should be less than 10 pages

(MS Word and/or Adobe PDF files preferred).

To best inform the acquisition strategy, NSWC Crane is requesting the following information which will be used for planning the associated budget, schedule, and requirements with our Strategic Program sponsors.

  1. Approximate cost for the design of a LINAC with the proposed technical requirements (Table 1). Technical requirements may be influenced based on the collective feedback received, and any recommended adjustments/additions to the listed requirements (below) are welcomed as final requirements are formulated;
  2. Approximate costs for the fabrication of a LINAC prototype with the formulated final technical requirements (Table 1); and,
  3. A notional schedule for the design and fabrication of a LINAC prototype with the final technical requirements and yearly rolled up cost estimates.

NSWC Crane currently operates an electron LINAC to perform high dose-rate testing; however, there is a need to design and develop a new capability using modern components, such as solid-state electronics, capable of performing radiation effects testing long into the future.

Responses to this RFI may establish the Key Performance Requirements for the design and fabrication of a LINAC prototype. This prototype system will likely be installed at NSWC Crane, located in Crane, Indiana, in a government provided building.

It is intended that the LINAC will have an eventual technology readiness level of TRL 7 or 8 and will perform in the role of the primary irradiator for high-throughput operations for NSWC Crane.