|Oak Ridge National Laboratory||Nuclear Energy Enabling Technologies (NEET)||Nuclear Energy Enabling Technologies (NEET)||$999,000|
The development and demonstration of a GaN HEMT based wireless communication system for near-core operation in existing and future nuclear reactor facilities is proposed. The design will be optimized for neutron, gamma, and temperature hardness, and will reach TRL4 by the project's end. Deliverables include the GaN wireless communications system design and test results, and the results of elevated temperature and gamma, neutron and combined gamma/neutron irradiation tests.
|Pacific Northwest National Laboratory||Nuclear Science User Facilities||Nuclear Science User Facilities (NSUF)||$200,000|
Researchers will study the effect of neutron irradiation and friction stir welding (FSW) on Ni-based oxide dispersion strengthened (ODS) MA754 to understand the general trend of microstructural evolution and resulting radiation-hardening, in order to develop appropriate processing-structure-property-dose correlations. Efforts will also be made to compare the neutron irradiation performance of ODS and FSW concepts on Ni-base and Fe-base alloys (MA754 vs. MA956).
|Idaho National Laboratory||Nuclear Science User Facilities||Nuclear Science User Facilities (NSUF)||$500,000|
The objective of this proposed project is to deploy a recently developed fiber-optic-based instrument in the MIT Research Reactor to perform in-pile thermal conductivity measurements of fuels and materials. The design of this instrument is based on the photothermal radiometry. In this method, thermal conductivity is measured by locally heating the sample surface and measuring the transient temperature gradient by collecting infrared black-body radiation.
|GE Research||Nuclear Science User Facilities||Nuclear Science User Facilities (NSUF)||$-|
The objective of this proposal is to determine how the FeCrAl alloy fabrication route determines the microstructure and mechanical properties following neutron irradiation. FeCrAl alloys are fabricated through conventional melting/forging, additive manufacturing, and powder metallurgy. Irradiation effects on microstructure (irradiation induced defect clusters and precipitation) and the corresponding impact on mechanical properties (hardness and embrittlement) will be evaluated.
|Florida International University||Infrastructure||General Scientific Infrastructure||$302,826|
This project promotes the purchase of analytical instruments, including an X-ray absorption spectrometer and a probe for NMR spectrometer, to enhance radiochemistry research.
|Texas A&M University||Infrastructure||General Scientific Infrastructure||$246,418|
This project will provide support to enhance Texas A&M Univ. Accelerator Laboratory, specifically (1) to increase the proton irradiation efficiency by one order of magnitude; (2) to offer the new capability of simultaneous proton ion irradiation and corrosion testing in molten salts related to molten salt reactor (MSR) applications; and (3) to develop the new capability of in-situ characterization of specimen thickness and elemental distributions during corrosion testing. The project will lead to a capability that is not duplicated at other facilities.
|University of Michigan||Infrastructure||General Scientific Infrastructure||$350,000|
This project will support the acquisition and deployment of a Gatan GIF (Gatan Imaging Filter) Continuum ER system in the Michigan Ion Beam Laboratory (MIBL) ThermoFisher Tecnai TF30 scanning/transmission electron microscope (S/TEM) that is augmented to allow in situ dual ion beam irradiation. This purchase will result in a significant enhancement of the characterization capabilities of MIBL system, that will result in high-throughput experimental workflows including in-situ TEM ion irradiations.
|North Carolina State University||Infrastructure||General Scientific Infrastructure||$290,000|
This project requests funding for the purchase of a state-of-the-art high resolution scanning acoustic microscopy system for in high throughput characterization of nuclear fuels, sensor materials, cladding materials, reactor structural materials and 3D printed components. This novel non-destructive characterization capability will enhance capabilities at a current NSUF partner institution providing a unique offering within NSUF NEID.
|University of Notre Dame||Infrastructure||General Scientific Infrastructure||$375,332|
This project supports development of a neutron irradiation station (NIS) at the Nuclear Science Laboratory (NSL) at the University of Notre Dame (UND) providing a monoenergetic flux of neutrons in the energy range of a few keV to a few MeV produced via (p,n) or (a,n) reactions on low-Z target materials, such as Li and Be. Significant utilization is expected within both educational and R&D missions, with R&D utilization expanding from nuclear data to radiation effects studies. The capability will be hosted by NSF-supported facility with a significant postgraduate "hands-on" education program.
|State University of New York, Stony Brook||Infrastructure||General Scientific Infrastructure||$204,327|
This project supports procurement of a suite of equipment dedicated to characterizing radioactive materials. Microscale specimen preparation and property testing equipment is an area of significant need within the nuclear research complex.
|Brigham Young University||Infrastructure||General Scientific Infrastructure||$180,269|
This project advocates the purchase of rotating cylinder electrode (RCE) to provide high throughput testing of materials and measurement of physical properties in molten salts. The proposal suggests that the purchase will yield an "Intermediate" advance on current methods for interrogating corrosion in molten salts.
|Abilene Christian University||Infrastructure||General Scientific Infrastructure||$367,793|
This project supports establishing new and unique real-time direct chemical analysis capabilities for molten salt systems, specifically adding Raman and gamma spectroscopies to the Abilene Christian University (ACU), the Nuclear Energy eXperimental Testing (NEXT) Lab molten salt and materials characterization tools.
|Missouri University of Science and Technology||Infrastructure||General Scientific Infrastructure||$304,724|
This project will support the purchase of a pulsed radio frequency glow discharge optical emission spectrometer (GDOES), with the capability of ultrafast elemental depth profiling. Potential unique capability as a tool for high throughput compositional characterization of nuclear materials and fuels.
|Alfred University||Infrastructure||General Scientific Infrastructure||$90,000|
This project supports procurement and installation of a custom-made high-speed terahertz (THz) dual scanner system that will demonstrate non-destructive imaging of AM ceramic materials and composites for TCR core application.
|University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez||Infrastructure||General Scientific Infrastructure||$250,000|
The proposed facility in this projects enables experiments to correlate bubbles and bubbles clusters size, dynamics, composition, terminal velocity, temperature, environmental pressure and composition and purity with their aerosol production at bursting, at temperatures from operating conditions up to 1000 °C. Unique capability for molten salts systems.
|Colorado State University||Infrastructure||General Scientific Infrastructure||$39,500|
This project supports procuring a new and well-characterized set of neutron detectors (Bonner Spheres) and the ATTILA4MC computer code to provide additional neutron detection capacity and neutron spectroscopy capabilities. Primary utilization is to enhance student education and training in the area of neutron detection and dosimetry.
|University of Texas at El Paso||Infrastructure||General Scientific Infrastructure||$250,000|
This project requests funds for the acquisition of an Instron 8862 servo-electric testing system with intelligent furnace control capable of high temperature quasi-static (tensile, creep, stress relaxation, etc.) and dynamic testing (low cycle fatigue, creep-fatigue, etc.).
|University of Texas at San Antonio||Infrastructure||General Scientific Infrastructure||$286,344|
This project will support the fabrication and testing of advanced nuclear fuels and materials, specifically the development of the uranium-bearing compounds, alloys, and composites. Specific focus is the synthesis of novel samples of relevant fuel compounds, like uranium nitride (UN) and the fabrication of dense, uniform geometries (pellets) of these samples as well as fuel compounds such as namely uranium silicides, carbides, composite forms of these fuels, and metallic fuel alloys/ compounds.
|University of Wisconsin-Madison||Infrastructure||Reactor Upgrades||$222,294|
This proposal will enhance nuclear energy-related research and development at the University of Wisconsin Nuclear Reactor (UWNR) and associated Characterization Laboratory for Irradiated Materials (CLIM). Proposal seeks to enhance the neutron radiography capabilities at the reactor, by acquiring a high-resolution detector, rotation stage, visualization software and a high-performance computer.
|University of California, Irvine||Infrastructure||Reactor Upgrades||$74,950|
This project will increase the reliability of the TRIGA reactor instrumentation and control systems, increase the radiation safety for experiments while expanding research capabilities, and improve the fuel surveillance and management program.
|North Carolina State University||Infrastructure||Reactor Upgrades||$341,760|
This project will upgrade and enhance the safety, operations, and utilization infrastructure at the PULSTAR reactor of North Carolina State University (NCSU); installation of modern reactor console instrumentation to support the continued safe and reliable operation of the PULSTAR reactor and installation of comprehensive and facility wide radiation protection and moisture/temperature sensor systems.
|University of Maryland, College Park||Infrastructure||Reactor Upgrades||$208,140|
This project will modernize the radiation safety equipment and radiation detection capabilities at the Maryland University Training Reactor.
|University of Florida||Infrastructure||Reactor Upgrades||$282,000|
The University of Florida will acquire an automated pneumatic sample transfer system to be used for moving samples into the University of Florida Training Reactor for irradiation and transferring the samples to laboratories for experimental use.
|Washington State University||Infrastructure||Reactor Upgrades||$302,657|
This project will enhance the safety, performance, and continued operational reliability of the WSU NSC 1.0 MW TRIGA conversion research reactor: 1) Restore the reactor tank concrete, which is in much need of repair, and 2) Replace the epoxy concrete tank liner with a modern, robust epoxy liner that has already been successfully utilized and in service at other reactor facilities.
|Pennsylvania State University||Infrastructure||Reactor Upgrades||$179,715|
This project will build and install a permanent, high-temperature, molten salt neutron irradiation and post-irradiation analysis capability at the Penn State Breazeale Reactor (PSBR).
|Oregon State University||Infrastructure||Reactor Upgrades||$555,416|
This project will upgrade necessary spare items to ensure sustained operation without lengthy unplanned outages for the Oregon State University Mk II Oregon State TRIGA® Reactor (OSTR) at the Oregon State University Radiation Center.
|Reed College||Infrastructure||Reactor Upgrades||$140,000|
This project will improve reliability of the reactor program at Reed College by purchasing a spare Compensated Ion Chamber (CIC) to monitor the reactor power. The CIC allows the reactor operator to monitor and control the reactor power.
|The Ohio State University||Infrastructure||Reactor Upgrades||$73,539|
|This project will support replacement parts for essential OSU Research Reactor (OSURR) control-room equipment that has been in continuous service for decades; custom reactor protection system (RPS) modules for which the lab has no spares. |
|Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute||Research and Development||Reactor Concepts Research and Development and Demonstration (RCRD&D)||$800,000|
In the U.S. domestic light water reactor fleet, about one-third of operational nuclear power reactors are boiling water reactors (BWRs). Thermal power extraction technologies to be designed for BWRs will be different from those for pressurized water reactors due to differences in steam generation. This study proposes to investigate the thermal and electric power dispatch and required control algorithms for dynamic heat dispatch of up to 50% of the thermal energy from a BWR plant to a hydrogen plant.
|Clemson University||Research and Development||Fuel Cycle Research and Development||$399,999|
High-throughput, non-radioactive, radical assays will be used to determine decomposition of monoamide separations complexants. Radical assay results will be correlated with classic radiolytic damage results to develop predictive models for screening complexant stability. These models will aid in single-stage separations complexant optimization, in the transition from lab- to industrial-scale nuclear waste separations and, ultimately, could yield field tests for radiolytic damage.