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Neutron Sensor Development

Mar 30th 2009
Neutron Sensor Development

Project Underwater coastal sea surveyor (UNCOSS) funded under 7th FWP (Seventh Framework Programme) is a result of interregional cooperation between distinguished scientific institutions. The project worth 4,390,000 euro, besides Rudjer Boskovic Institute involves ECA and Commissariat a lEnergie Atomique from France, Laseroptronix from Sweden, Jozef Stefan Institute in Slovenia, Analysis and Control Technologies (ACT Ltd.) from Croatia, the port authorities of Dubrovnik and Vukovar in Croatia and Bar in Montenegro.

The main objective of UNCOSS project is to provide tools for the non-destructive inspection of underwater objects mainly based on neutron sensor. The Rudjer Boskovic Institute (Laboratory of Nuclear Analytical Methods at the Institute of Experimental Physics), ACT Ltd. and CEA are responsible for the development of neutron sensors for underwater research that will be put with other sensors such as optical and laser cameras, 'Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR), sonar and magnetometer. Neutron sensor will be using the gamma-ray to recognize the chemical composition of the mine resources on the sea bed and determine its exact position. The application of this technology for underwater protection will be a major achievement.

The project has been fully coordinated and the realization has begun. It is expected to last approximately 36 months. The total value of the project is 4,390,000 euro, of which 2,780,000 euro is funded by the European Union. Croatian partners on the project are supported by 856,086.00 euro from the EU.

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