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​​FY 2012 Integrated Research Projects Awards

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced $13 million in funding for three university-led research teams to develop advanced light water reactor designs with inherent safety features, as well as one or more advanced materials and/or fuel-cladding concepts that would enhance the accident tolerance of the nuclear fuel system. The Department is engaging universities in the effort to find solutions through NEUP's Integrated Research Projects (IRP). IRP award recipients are listed below.

​FY 2012 Integrated Research Project Awards
Funding Amount*


Location Project Description

Georgia Institute of Technology



Atlanta, GA

Researchers will develop a novel concept of a high-power LWR with inherent safety features. The inherent safety features will advance its safety level beyond that of advanced passive systems. Partners include University of Michigan, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, University of Tennessee, University of Idaho, Morehouse College, Idaho National Laboratory, Westinghouse Electric Company, Polytechnic of Milan, University of Cambridge, Southern Nuclear Company, and an independent consultant. The UK offers $446,387 in collaborative research.

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign


$3,499,945 Urbana, IL The team will fabricate and evaluate modified Zircaloy LWR cladding under normal BWR/PWR operation and off-normal events. A combination of computational and experimental protocols will be employed to design and test modified Zircaloy cladding with respect to corrosion and accelerated oxide growth. Cladding performance evaluation will be incorporated into a reactor system modeling effort of fuel performance, neutronics, and thermal hydraulics, thereby providing a holistic approach to accident tolerant nuclear fuel. Partners include University of Florida, University of Michigan, ATI Wah Chang, Idaho National Laboratory, and University of Manchester. The UK offers $1,545,260 in collaborative research.

University of Tennessee



Knoxville, TN

Researchers will develop a fuel concept based on an advanced ceramic coating for Zr-alloy cladding. The coated cladding will exhibit demonstrably improved performance compared to conventional Zr-alloy clad by decreasing cladding oxidation and hydrogen pickup. Collaborating institutions include Pennsylvania State University; University of Colorado, Boulder; University of Michigan; Westinghouse Electric Company; Los Alamos National Laboratory; University of Manchester; University of Oxford; University of Sheffield; and University of Huddersfield. The UK offers $1,646,956.48 in collaborative research.
Total $13,009,729    

*Actual project funding will be established during contract negotiation phase.

Integrated Research Projects