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66 -- RECOVERY - Prototype of Shim Safety Rod

Notice Date
Notice Type
334516 — Analytical Laboratory Instrument Manufacturing
Contracting Office
Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Acquisition Management Division, 100 Bureau Drive, Building 301, Room B129, Mail Stop 1640, Gaithersburg, Maryland, 20899-1640
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Solicitation Number
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Point of Contact
Carol A. Wood, Phone: 301-975-8172, Patrick K Staines, Phone: (301)975-6335
E-Mail Address
carol.wood@nist.gov, patrick.staines@nist.gov
(carol.wood@nist.gov, patrick.staines@nist.gov)
Small Business Set-Aside
RECOVERY – This notice is provided for Informational Purposes Only. This opportunity is available only to the Contractor, Merrick and Company of Aurora, CO, under the existing Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity contract number SB1341-07-CQ-0016 for Professional Engineering Services for the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)/Center for Neutron Research (NCNR). NIST is seeking a proposal for the manufacture of tooling and fixtures for the prototype of a shim safety rod for the NIST/Center for Neutron Research. The period of performance of the task order shall be six months from the date of award. This notice is issued in accordance with the guidance for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. This project shall be funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The North American Industry Classification (NAICS) Code is 334516 and the small business size standard is 500 employees. The estimated price range of the requirement is between $825,000 and $850,000.00. It is the intent of the NIST Acquisition Management Division to award a firm-fixed price task order. Description of Services The National Institute of Standards and Technology, Center for Neutron Research owns and operates a 20 MW Test Reactor. Among the main safety related components of the reactor are shim safety rods (SSRs). The function of the shim safety rods is to regulate and control the nuclear reaction. The operational part of the SSR is a sheet of cadmium metal (a neutron absorber) that is captured between two concentric aluminum cylinders in such a way that no cadmium can be in contact with the outside world. These cylinders do not have a circular cross-section. Their cross-section is better described as “oval” or, even better, as “race-track”. Cadmium SSRs rods are consumables. As SSRs perform their function as control rods, the cadmium slowly “burns up” (which means, during use, the cadmium isotope that performs the control function is slowly replaced by another cadmium isotope that cannot be used to control the reactor). This dynamic means that the shim safety rods need to be replaced in a timeline of, approximately, every 4 years. Work required under this task order will result in the delivery of all tooling and fixtures for a prototype of a shim safety rod. The Contractor will also further update some procedures and protocols based on theories established, but not tested, under the first task order. Testing will be completed in conjunction with the fabrication of the prototype. Work under this task order is follow-on work to a task order awarded in September of 2008, and completed in January of 2009. Work under that task order provided revisions and updates to the existing quality assurance plan, and formal procedures and assemblies that will, ultimately, be utilized in the fabrication of shim safety rods for the reactor. These documents were provided as Government Furnished Information for update and revision by the Contractor.
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Place of Performance
Address: Ship to:, NIST, Shipping and Receiving, 100 Bureau Drive, Gaithersburg, Maryland, 20899, United States
Zip Code: 20899
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