Institute of Clean Energy Technology (ICET)
Areas of Research or Thrust
Nuclear and Defense Measurement Technologies (NDMT)
The Nuclear and Defense Measurement Technologies (NDMT) thrust area is directed by Dr. Charles Waggoner, Deputy Director of the Institute of Clean Energy Technology (ICET). Research in this area is primarily funded by the United States Department of Defense (DOD) and the United States Department of Energy (DOE).
NDMT serves the DOD Army Research, Development, and Engineering Center (ARDEC) at the Picatinny Arsenal and its innovative Army Range Technology Program (ARTP) by providing radiological detection and mapping systems used to locate and reclaim fired depleted-uranium (DU) armor-penetrating rounds. This research also utilizes time- and frequency-domain electromagnetic induction (EMI) imaging technologies to locate conductive range debris and digital signal processing to distinguish uranium from other metals. Fusion of radiological detection data with EMI data decreases detection uncertainty and provides information about the oxidation state of the DU.
NDMT services to DOE include the long-standing high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filtration research. NDMT researchers have evaluated the performance of nuclear-grade HEPA filters comprised of ceramic, fibrous glass, and sintered-metal media under a variety of adverse conditions. Current work involves evaluating the performance of radial flow filters under heavy loading conditions, including smoke and water.