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​​FY 2012 Research and Development Awards

The Department of Energy is awarding $37.9 million in support of the Nuclear Energy University Programs for 48 nuclear energy research and development projects focused on four fields: Fuel Cycle Research & Development; Reactor Concepts Research, Development & Demonstration; Nuclear Energy Advanced Modeling & Simulation; and Transformative Research. 

These projects, selected for negotiation of award, are led by 33 American universities and colleges in more than 22 states and the District of Columbia. Other universities, industry leaders and National Laboratories will serve as collaborators and research partners.

A complete list of R&D projects with their associated abstracts is available below.

NEUP 2012 R&D Award Abstracts
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
Description
  
  
https://neup.inl.gov/SiteAssets/2012%20R_D%20Abstracts/3-%202012_CFP_Abstract_3809.pdf
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Alfred UniversityResearch and DevelopmentFuel Cycle Research and Development$840,000

​This project aims to advance fundamental understanding of the kinetics of structural evolution of crystalline ceramic waste forms. The structure/property relationships will be identified and will reveal new formulations, improved processing routes, and strategies for improved performance or ceramic waste forms.

https://neup.inl.gov/SiteAssets/Final%20%20Reports/FY%202012/12-3809%20NEUP%20Final%20Report.pdf
  
https://neup.inl.gov/SiteAssets/2012%20R_D%20Abstracts/4-%202012_CFP_Abstract_3420.pdf
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Alfred UniversityResearch and DevelopmentFuel Cycle Research and Development$880,000

This project will investigate the links between the morphology, structure and chemistry of surface layer-bulk glass interface and the long-term corrosion-reaction kinetics using in-situ and ex-situ experiments. The understanding will result in improved models for long-term predictive behavior of high-level-waste (HLW) glasses under repository conditions.

https://neup.inl.gov/SiteAssets/Final%20%20Reports/FY%202012/12-3420%20NEUP%20Final%20Report.pdf
  
https://neup.inl.gov/SiteAssets/2012%20R_D%20Abstracts/9-%202012_CFP_Abstract_3451.pdf
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Case Western Reserve UniversityResearch and DevelopmentFuel Cycle Research and Development$850,000

​This project aims to develop new case-hardened austenitic stainless steels by saturating them with materials that improve their mechanical properties, corrosion resistance and radiation resistance. This project, if successful, will result in safer, longer-lasting, and more accident tolerant fuel claddings.

https://neup.inl.gov/SiteAssets/Final%20%20Reports/FY%202012/12-3451%20NEUP%20Final%20Report.pdf
  
https://neup.inl.gov/SiteAssets/2012%20R_D%20Abstracts/21-%202012_CFP_Abstract_3298.pdf
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Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyResearch and DevelopmentFuel Cycle Research and Development$850,000

​Researchers aim to carry out a comprehensive evaluation of the deep borehole option for disposal of used nuclear fuel and high livel waste. The models developed will predict potential movement of water through natural and engineered barriers and release of radionuclides to the biosphere which will aide in site selection.

https://neup.inl.gov/SiteAssets/Final%20%20Reports/FY%202012/12-3298%20NEUP%20Final%20Report.pdf
  
https://neup.inl.gov/SiteAssets/2012%20R_D%20Abstracts/25-%202012_CFP_Abstract_3396.pdf
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Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyResearch and DevelopmentFuel Cycle Research and Development$800,000

​Researchers will work to develop a model to characterize the factors affecting social acceptance of nuclear projects with potential stakeholders. The resultant model will strengthen the ability to design and implement large projects more efficiently, leading to higher rates of success of future nuclear projects.

https://neup.inl.gov/SiteAssets/Final%20%20Reports/FY%202012/12-3396%20NEUP%20Final%20Report.pdf
  
https://neup.inl.gov/SiteAssets/2012%20R_D%20Abstracts/2012%20CFP%20Abstract%203494.pdf
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North Carolina State UniversityResearch and DevelopmentFuel Cycle Research and Development$875,000

​Researchers will develop and use state-of-the-art radiation transport codes to account accurately for the fissile material in a nuclear materials processing facility. An accurate estimation of the materials will allow for ensured radiological safety, security, waste management and efficient plant operation.

https://neup.inl.gov/SiteAssets/Final%20%20Reports/FY%202012/12-3494%20NEUP%20Final%20Report.pdf
  
https://neup.inl.gov/SiteAssets/2012%20R_D%20Abstracts/1-%202012_CFP_Abstract_3438.pdf
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Northwestern UniversityResearch and DevelopmentFuel Cycle Research and Development$760,000

​Researchers will evaluate the effectiveness of chalcogenide based materials design novel metal sulfides to effectively capture and store of radioisotopes released during reprocessing of used nuclear fuel. This project will focus on understanding structure-property relationships to enable refined and direct synthesis approaches for improved and cost-efficient nuclear waste forms.

https://neup.inl.gov/SiteAssets/Final%20%20Reports/FY%202012/12-3438%20NEUP%20Final%20Report.pdf
  
https://neup.inl.gov/SiteAssets/2012%20R_D%20Abstracts/20-%202012_CFP_Abstract_3736.pdf
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Northwestern UniversityResearch and DevelopmentFuel Cycle Research and Development$885,000

​Researchers aim to use nondestructive damage characterization methods to detect, manage and mitigate the degradation/damage mechanisms of dry cask storage systems for nuclear fuels. This project, if successful, will provide tools that will allow the prediction of the reliability and the safety of concrete structures in dry cask storage systems.

https://neup.inl.gov/SiteAssets/Final%20%20Reports/FY%202012/12-3736%20NEUP%20Final%20Report.pdf
  
https://neup.inl.gov/SiteAssets/2012%20R_D%20Abstracts/14-%202012_CFP_Abstract_3367.pdf
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Texas A&M UniversityResearch and DevelopmentFuel Cycle Research and Development$875,000

​This project aims to create a prototype demonstration of a novel neutron/alpha detector based on a technology that is blind to gamma field used fuel. The prototype, if successful, will enhance instrumentation for monitoring real-time material balance during various stages of the nuclear cycle.

https://neup.inl.gov/SiteAssets/Final%20%20Reports/FY%202012/12-3367%20NEUP%20Final%20Report.pdf
  
https://neup.inl.gov/SiteAssets/2012%20R_D%20Abstracts/7-%202012_CFP_Abstract_3456.pdf
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The Ohio State UniversityResearch and DevelopmentFuel Cycle Research and Development$885,000

​The researchers on this project will investigate the performance of sapphire optical fibers and sensors in reactor environments. The project, if successful, will result in improved instrumentation to understand the behavior and predict performance of nuclear fuel systems at the microstructural level.

https://neup.inl.gov/SiteAssets/Final%20%20Reports/FY%202012/12-3456%20NEUP%20Final%20Report.pdf
  
https://neup.inl.gov/SiteAssets/2012%20R_D%20Abstracts/19-%202012_CFP_Abstract_3545.pdf
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University of California, IrvineResearch and DevelopmentFuel Cycle Research and Development$800,000

​Researchers aim to design a new class of multifunctional concrete materials. This project, if successful, will result in a novel multifunctional concrete material that possesses inherent degradation monitoring capability and is suitable for an extended storage system for the used nuclear fuel.

https://neup.inl.gov/SiteAssets/Final%20%20Reports/FY%202012/12-3545%20NEUP%20Final%20Report.pdf
  
https://neup.inl.gov/SiteAssets/2012%20R_D%20Abstracts/10-%202012_CFP_Abstract_4037.pdf
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University of FloridaResearch and DevelopmentFuel Cycle Research and Development$800,000

​Researchers will evaluate the use of diamond nanoparticles composite material in innovative accident tolerant fuel pellets. This could significantly improve both the thermal conductivity of fuel pellets and light water reactors' efficiency safety.

https://neup.inl.gov/SiteAssets/Final%20%20Reports/FY%202012/12-4037%20NEUP%20Final%20Report.pdf
  
https://neup.inl.gov/SiteAssets/2012%20R_D%20Abstracts/18-%202012_CFP_Abstract_3730.pdf
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University of HoustonResearch and DevelopmentFuel Cycle Research and Development$865,000

​This project aims to investigate the performance of dry cask storage systems under multiple hazard systems (earthquake, tornados, combined with aging effects) using a probabilistic multi-hazard framework. This framework will be validated based on experimental research and will provide improved models for safety and reliability of spent nuclear fuels during storage and transportation.

https://neup.inl.gov/SiteAssets/Final%20%20Reports/FY%202012/12-3730%20NEUP%20Final%20Report.pdf
  
https://neup.inl.gov/SiteAssets/2012%20R_D%20Abstracts/15-%202012_CFP_Abstract_3358.pdf
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University of IdahoResearch and DevelopmentFuel Cycle Research and Development$820,000

​This project aims to use advanced characterization techniques to investigate microstructural changes and the micromechanisms related to irradiation induced damage in used nuclear fuels and waste forms. This project, if successful, will result in enhanced models to predict the structural and chemical response of used fuel and waster forms during interim storage and permanent disposal.

https://neup.inl.gov/SiteAssets/Final%20%20Reports/FY%202012/12-3358%20NEUP%20Final%20Report.pdf
  
https://neup.inl.gov/SiteAssets/2012%20R_D%20Abstracts/12-%202012_CFP_Abstract_3411.pdf
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University of KentuckyResearch and DevelopmentFuel Cycle Research and Development$880,523

​Researchers will measure nuclear data for elastic/inelastic scattered neutrons on coolants and structural materials. The data generated, will be useful for future R&D programs that will study innovative next generation LWR and future fast systems.

https://neup.inl.gov/SiteAssets/Final%20%20Reports/FY%202012/12-3411%20NEUP%20Final%20Report.pdf
  
https://neup.inl.gov/SiteAssets/2012%20R_D%20Abstracts/5-%202012_CFP_Abstract_4026.pdf
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University of Nevada- Las VegasResearch and DevelopmentFuel Cycle Research and Development$790,000

​This project aims to use advanced electrochemical methods to investigate the corrosion related degradation of metal alloys used for housing fission products. The data obtained from this study will allow for the prediction of the long-term behavior of the metallic host phase materials over geological time-scales.

https://neup.inl.gov/SiteAssets/Final%20%20Reports/FY%202012/12-4026%20NEUP%20Final%20Report.pdf
  
https://neup.inl.gov/SiteAssets/2012%20R_D%20Abstracts/6-%202012_CFP_Abstract_3445.pdf
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University of Nevada- Las VegasResearch and Development Fuel Cycle Research and Development$795,000

​This project team will harvest thermodynamic and microstructural data on the evolution of ceramic based waste forms. The data will be used to advance the current state-of-the-art methodology used for isolation and stabilization of fission products and improve on nuclear fuel recycling processes.

https://neup.inl.gov/SiteAssets/Final%20%20Reports/FY%202012/12-3445%20NEUP%20Final%20Report.pdf
  
https://neup.inl.gov/SiteAssets/2012%20R_D%20Abstracts/16-%202012_CFP_Abstract_3660.pdf
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University of Nevada- RenoResearch and DevelopmentFuel Cycle Research and Development$745,000

​Researchers will conduct experiments to investigate and develop advanced computational models of heat transfer in post-pool-storage drying operations. This project, if successful, will result in tools that can be used to design efficient drying processes to as to ensure suitability for dry-cask systems for long-term storage and transport.

https://neup.inl.gov/SiteAssets/Final%20%20Reports/FY%202012/12-3660%20NEUP%20Final%20Report.pdf
  
https://neup.inl.gov/SiteAssets/2012%20R_D%20Abstracts/11-%202012_CFP_Abstract_3565.pdf
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University of TennesseeResearch and DevelopmentFuel Cycle Research and Development$815,000

​Researchers will use novel experimental methods to investigate the links between microstructure, phase stability and damage evolution in nanostructured ceramic fuel materials. The project will study fuel materials at temperatures and irradiation conditions relevant to operation and accidental scenarios.

https://neup.inl.gov/SiteAssets/Final%20%20Reports/FY%202012/12-3565%20NEUP%20Final%20Report.pdf
  
https://neup.inl.gov/SiteAssets/2012%20R_D%20Abstracts/17-%202012_CFP_Abstract_3528.pdf
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University of TennessseeResearch and DevelopmentFuel Cycle Research and Development$770,000

​This project aims to investigate the structural and chemical response of used nuclear fuel and waste forms during interim storage and permanent disposal. If successful, this project will generate models that will allow the prediction of structural evolution and hence the radiological safety and security of nuclear fuel and waste forms.

https://neup.inl.gov/SiteAssets/Final%20%20Reports/FY%202012/12-3528%20NEUP%20Final%20Report.pdf
  
https://neup.inl.gov/SiteAssets/2012%20R_D%20Abstracts/2012%20CFP%20Technical%20Abstract%203756.pdf
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University of UtahResearch and DevelopmentFuel Cycle Research and Development$873,319

​Researchers will evaluate the mechanical performance of dry-cask storage under seismic loading for mid-term operational periods. Simulations will include scenarios for freestanding, anchored, and vaulted casks. The experimental tests will also evaluate the dynamic seismic response of freestanding and anchored dry-cask storage prototypes, providing recommendations for optimal Interim Spent Fuel Storage Installations (ISFSIs) design.

https://neup.inl.gov/SiteAssets/Final%20%20Reports/FY%202012/12-3756%20NEUP%20Final%20Report.pdf
  
https://neup.inl.gov/SiteAssets/2012%20R_D%20Abstracts/23-%202012_CFP_Abstract_3374.pdf
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Utah State UniversityResearch and DevelopmentFuel Cycle Research and Development$690,000

​Researchers in this project aim to conduct experiments that generate data on natural convection through a fuel assembly. The data will be used to validate the computational models being developed for nuclear safety and design.

https://neup.inl.gov/SiteAssets/Final%20%20Reports/FY%202012/12-3374%20NEUP%20Final%20Report.pdf
  
https://neup.inl.gov/SiteAssets/2012%20R_D%20Abstracts/24-%202012_CFP_Abstract_3391.pdf
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Virginia Commonwealth UniversityResearch and DevelopmentFuel Cycle Research and Development$850,000

​This project will create a comprehensive framework for the evaluation of alternative fuel cycle systems that will be used to identify and analyze key elements related to long-term management of nuclear fuels , with the ultimate goal to develop a communications strategy to reach stakeholders.

https://neup.inl.gov/SiteAssets/Final%20%20Reports/FY%202012/12-3391%20NEUP%20Final%20Report.pdf
  
https://neup.inl.gov/SiteAssets/2012%20R_D%20Abstracts/2-%202012_CFP_Abstract_3815.pdf
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Washington State UniversityResearch and DevelopmentFuel Cycle Research and Development$875,000

​Researchers will use advanced characterization techniques (experimental and computational) to improve understanding of the molecular level processes/interactions during separation processes for advanced fuel cycles. The understanding of these interactions will be used to develop more robust and streamlined separation processes for advanced fuel cycles.

https://neup.inl.gov/SiteAssets/Final%20%20Reports/FY%202012/12-3815%20NEUP%20Final%20Report.pdf
  
https://neup.inl.gov/SiteAssets/2012%20R_D%20Abstracts/22-%202012_CFP_Abstract_3361.pdf
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Washington State UniversityResearch and Development Fuel Cycle Research and Development$885,000

​Researchers will conduct experiments to understand the mechanisms responsible for the corrosion of nuclear waste forms in realistic chemical environments. The data generated from these experiments will enable increased reliability of the models used to predict the waste form performance in repository environments.

https://neup.inl.gov/SiteAssets/Final%20%20Reports/FY%202012/12-3361%20NEUP%20Final%20Report.pdf
  
https://neup.inl.gov/SiteAssets/2012%20R_D%20Abstracts/48-%202012_CFP_Abstract_3326.pdf
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Purdue UniversityResearch and DevelopmentMission Supporting Transformative Research$450,000

​Researchers will investigate a new type of molten metallic fuel reactor concept that will consume hazardous transuranic waste. The liquid fuel alloy has several advantages over solid fuel fast reactors that are used for the same purpose.

https://neup.inl.gov/SiteAssets/Final%20%20Reports/FY%202012/12-3326%20NEUP%20Final%20Report.pdf
  
https://neup.inl.gov/SiteAssets/2012%20R_D%20Abstracts/47-%202012_CFP_Abstract_3486.pdf
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University of California- BerkeleyResearch and DevelopmentMission Supporting Transformative Research$450,000

​The research team will use detailed neutronic analysis for a new Advanced Burner Reactor concept with low conversion ratio. The concept will use a new core shape to improve the utilization of neutrons to perform breed and burn.

https://neup.inl.gov/SiteAssets/Final%20%20Reports/FY%202012/12-3486%20NEUP%20Final%20Report.pdf
  
https://neup.inl.gov/SiteAssets/2012%20R_D%20Abstracts/49-%202012_CFP_Abstract_3714.pdf
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University of California, DavisResearch and Development Mission Supporting Transformative Research$450,000

​Researchers will work to develop nanostructured and other new materials to support the development of higher efficiency thermoelectric devices. These devices convert thermal energy to electricity with no moving parts. The new materials will operate at higher efficiencies and over a wider temperature range than those currently available--an important quality for future nuclear-powered deep space exploration.

https://neup.inl.gov/SiteAssets/Final%20%20Reports/FY%202012/12-3714%20NEUP%20Final%20Report.pdf
  
https://neup.inl.gov/SiteAssets/2012%20R_D%20Abstracts/44-%202012_CFP_Abstract_3923.pdf
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University of Notre DameResearch and DevelopmentMission Supporting Transformative Research$440,000

​Researchers will develop the mechanisms, conditions and protocols to prepare uranium-carbon nanocomposite materials to make them more flexible. This could result in the generation of wholesale electricity, providing process heat, and providing power for households.

https://neup.inl.gov/SiteAssets/Final%20%20Reports/FY%202012/12-3923%20NEUP%20Final%20Report.pdf
  
https://neup.inl.gov/SiteAssets/2012%20R_D%20Abstracts/43-%202012_CFP_Abstract_3834.pdf
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University of South CarolinaResearch and Development Mission Supporting Transformative Research$430,000

​This project will exploit recent breakthroughs to grow epitaxial graphene on commercial SiC wafers. This will allow researchers to develop a new detection method for fast neutrons. In addition, it will lead to better and more compact neutron detection system.

https://neup.inl.gov/SiteAssets/Final%20%20Reports/FY%202012/12-3834%20NEUP%20Final%20Report.pdf
  
https://neup.inl.gov/SiteAssets/2012%20R_D%20Abstracts/45-%202012_CFP_Abstract_3595.pdf
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University of Texas- AustinResearch and DevelopmentMission Supporting Transformative Research$435,000

​Researchers will perform a neutronic analysis, a thermal-hydraulic analysis and a simulation of fuel decay heat as a functionof fuel burnup, to determine if inert matrix fuel in coventional reactors will continue to be licensable. If successful, the inert matrix fuel mixtures will reduce harmful transuranic components in the fuel discharge streams at a level comparable to a fast reactcor burner.

https://neup.inl.gov/SiteAssets/Final%20%20Reports/FY%202012/12-3595%20NEUP%20Final%20Report.pdf
  
https://neup.inl.gov/SiteAssets/2012%20R_D%20Abstracts/46-%202012_CFP_Abstract_4065.pdf
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University of Texas- AustinResearch and DevelopmentMission Supporting Transformative Research$395,000

​Researchers use new analysis techniques to better predict nuclear fuel behavior. The new model will allow improved fuel cycle for a larger number of users.

https://neup.inl.gov/SiteAssets/Final%20%20Reports/FY%202012/12-4065%20NEUP%20Final%20Report.pdf
  
https://neup.inl.gov/SiteAssets/2012%20R_D%20Abstracts/40-%202012_CFP_Abstract_3382.pdf
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Boston UniversityResearch and DevelopmentNuclear Energy Advanced Modeling and Simulation (NEAMS)$874,997

​Researchers will develop predictive, multi-scale simulation tools for iron-chromium alloys, which are expected to be key components of advanced steels envisioned as fuel cladding and structural components for Generation IV reactors. Such modeling is necessary to avoid resource intensive and costly thermal and neutron irradiation experiments to obtain required performance data.

https://neup.inl.gov/SiteAssets/Final%20%20Reports/FY%202012/12-3382%20NEUP%20Final%20Report.pdf
  
https://neup.inl.gov/SiteAssets/2012%20R_D%20Abstracts/41-%202012_CFP_Abstract_3549.pdf
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George Washington UniversityResearch and DevelopmentNuclear Energy Advanced Modeling and Simulation (NEAMS)$862,435

​Researchers will conduct experiments that will provide comprehensive data characterizing the dynamics of the fluid and the structure in Pressurized Water Reactors (PWR) fuel assemblies under seismic loads (earthquakes and loss of coolant accidents). Completion of their project will greatly benefit the safety of existing and future nuclear reactors.

https://neup.inl.gov/SiteAssets/Final%20%20Reports/FY%202012/12-3549%20NEUP%20Final%20Report.pdf
  
https://neup.inl.gov/SiteAssets/2012%20R_D%20Abstracts/2012_CFP_Abstract_3507.pdf
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Georgia Institute of TechnologyResearch and DevelopmentNuclear Energy Advanced Modeling and Simulation (NEAMS)$743,444

​Researchers will address the question of uncertainty propogation and error estimates associated with model prediction of material behavior under irradiation. Their work will facilitate a better understanding of the connection of various unit processes to collective responses in a multiscale model chain enabling the development of high strength and high ductility materials.

https://neup.inl.gov/SiteAssets/Final%20%20Reports/FY%202012/12-3507%20NEUP%20Final%20Report.pdf
  
https://neup.inl.gov/SiteAssets/2012%20R_D%20Abstracts/26-%202012_CFP_Abstract_3870.pdf
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Georgia Insitute of TechnologyResearch and DevelopmentReactor Concepts Research Development and Demonstration (RCRD&D)$784,689

​Researchers will examine new options for fuel and core designs in liquid salt cooled reactors where the current standard of TRISO type fuel has limitations due to loading characteristics. The research could enable new, more feasible fuel-core-reload options that will improve safety and performance parameters.

https://neup.inl.gov/SiteAssets/Final%20%20Reports/FY%202012/12-3870%20NEUP%20Final%20Report.pdf
  
https://neup.inl.gov/SiteAssets/2012%20R_D%20Abstracts/2012_CFP_Abstract_3306.pdf
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Georgia Institute of TechnologyResearch and DevelopmentReactor Concepts Research Development and Demonstration (RCRD&D)$877,000

​Researchers will explore new nondestructive materials evaluation and monitoring techniques utilizing nonlinear ultrasonic measurements . This technique will allow researchers to assess remaining useful life of select reactor components. Breakthroughs in this area will lead to the ability to characterize radiation damage in reactor pressure vessels and other components-leading to a clearer definition of reactor safety margins.

https://neup.inl.gov/SiteAssets/Final%20%20Reports/FY%202012/12-3306%20NEUP%20Final%20Report.pdf
  
https://neup.inl.gov/SiteAssets/2012%20R_D%20Abstracts/38-%202012_CFP_Abstract_3630.pdf
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Oregon State UniversityResearch and DevelopmentReactor Concepts Research Development and Demonstration (RCRD&D)$871,119

​Researchers will conduct experiments to enhance the safety and efficiency of small modular reactors (SMRs). This project will assess the impact of high-pressure steam condensation on steel containment vessels to be used for SMR deigns.

https://neup.inl.gov/SiteAssets/Final%20%20Reports/FY%202012/12-3630%20NEUP%20Final%20Report%20.pdf
  
https://neup.inl.gov/SiteAssets/2012%20R_D%20Abstracts/39-%202012_CFP_Abstract_3496.pdf
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Purdue UniversityResearch and DevelopmentReactor Concepts Research Development and Demonstration (RCRD&D)$871,100

​Researchers will perform scaled experiments to study the thermal-hydraulic instabilities that can occur in Small Modular Reactors (SMR) which rely on natural circulation cooling during normal operation and accident conditions. Their work will not only improve our understanding of general natural circulation instability but also lead to the development of stability criteria and predictability in the operation of SMR’s.

https://neup.inl.gov/SiteAssets/Final%20%20Reports/FY%202012/12-3496%20NEUP%20Final%20Report.pdf
  
https://neup.inl.gov/SiteAssets/2012%20R_D%20Abstracts/37-%202012_CFP_Abstract_3331.pdf
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State University of New York, Stony BrookResearch and DevelopmentReactor Concepts Research Development and Demonstration (RCRD&D)$599,802

​Researchers will examine the use of solid-state thermoelectric generators to produce electricity to sense and opeate during both normal and abnormal situations. This will provide indefinite monitoring of key components during power outages or station blackouts.

https://neup.inl.gov/SiteAssets/Final%20%20Reports/FY%202012/12-3331%20NEUP%20Final%20Project.pdf
  
https://neup.inl.gov/SiteAssets/2012%20R_D%20Abstracts/33-%202012_CFP_Abstract_3759.pdf
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Texas A&M UniversityResearch and DevelopmentReactor Concepts Research Development and Demonstration (RCRD&D)$713,051

​Researchers will model the internal coolant flow of a prismatic core very high temperature reactor (VHTR) by using large eddy simulation tools. This method will enable more accurate prediction of flow field characteristics and better evaluation of VHTR behavior under operational and accidental conditions.

https://neup.inl.gov/SiteAssets/Final%20%20Reports/FY%202012/12-3759%20NEUP%20Final%20Report.pdf
  
https://neup.inl.gov/SiteAssets/2012%20R_D%20Abstracts/35-%202012_CFP_Abstract_3510.pdf
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University of IdahoResearch and DevelopmentReactor Concepts Research Development and Demonstration (RCRD&D)$877,000

​Researchers will demonstrate an intelligent control systems in a hybrid energy conversion loop for a next generation nuclear power plant. Hybrid energy systems are a method of optimizing the use of natural resources for energy production. Hybrid systems present an opportunity to develop domestic energy sources to improve energy security.

https://neup.inl.gov/SiteAssets/Final%20%20Reports/FY%202012/12-3510%20NEUP%20Final%20Report.pdf
  
https://neup.inl.gov/SiteAssets/2012%20R_D%20Abstracts/36-%202012_CFP_Abstract_3363.pdf
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University of IdahoResearch and DevelopmentReactor Concepts Research Development and Demonstration (RCRD&D)$869,997

​Researchers will model the behavior of the Advanced Reactor Intermediate Heat Exchanger Chemical Process system and develop advanced control techniques that take into account abnormal scenarios. The data and information obtained will assist in the development of intelligent control systems for next generation nuclear reactor systems.

https://neup.inl.gov/SiteAssets/Final%20%20Reports/FY%202012/12-3363%20NEUP%20Final%20Report.pdf
  
https://neup.inl.gov/SiteAssets/2012%20R_D%20Abstracts/28-%202012_CFP_Abstract_3882.pdf
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University of Illinois- Urbana ChampaignResearch and DevelopmentReactor Concepts Research Development and Demonstration (RCRD&D)$876,332

​Researchers will perform post-radiation analysis and develop tools for future development and application of the Fe-Cr class of alloys. The results of this research will lead to better modeling of performance and development of an alloy designated as the primary choice for reactor fuel cladding and structural applications in advanced systems.

https://neup.inl.gov/SiteAssets/Final%20%20Reports/FY%202012/12-3882%20NEUP%20Final%20Report.pdf
  
https://neup.inl.gov/SiteAssets/2012%20R_D%20Abstracts/29-%202012_CFP_Abstract_3541.pdf
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University of MichiganResearch and DevelopmentReactor Concepts Research Development and Demonstration (RCRD&D)$831,876

​Researchers will determine the extent to which high dose rate irradiation can be used as an irradiation damage tool to understand microstructure evolution at high doses and temperatures relevant to advanced fast reactors. The project will provide fundamental understanding of the effectiveness of this process and thus of microstructure development in irradiated materials.

https://neup.inl.gov/SiteAssets/Final%20%20Reports/FY%202012/12-3541%20NEUP%20Final%20Report.pdf
  
https://neup.inl.gov/SiteAssets/2012%20R_D%20Abstracts/2012_CFP_Abstract_3430.pdf
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University of MichiganResearch and DevelopmentReactor Concepts Research Development and Demonstration (RCRD&D)$876,985

​Researchers will determine the optimum Post-irradiation annealing (PIA)-driven mitigation strategy to extend the potential lifetime of light water reactors. Samples that have already been irradiated in a light water reactor will be used to test PIA treatments to understand IASCC initiation and propoagation, annealing kinetics, the role of microstructure features in irradation hardening and localized deformation, and the optimum mitigation strategy based on PIA.

https://neup.inl.gov/SiteAssets/Final%20%20Reports/FY%202012/12-3430%20NEUP%20Final%20Report.pdf
  
https://neup.inl.gov/SiteAssets/2012%20R_D%20Abstracts/34-%202012_CFP_Abstract_3582_.pdf
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University of PittsburghResearch and DevelopmentReactor Concepts Research Development and Demonstration (RCRD&D)$876,422

​ Researchers will develop a comprehensive experimentally validated computational framework for the turbulent mixing in the lower plenum of a very high temperature reactor (VHTR). Through CFD modeling and experimental validation, the results from this project will lay the groundwork for future stress analysis, failure and fatigue studies, and uncertainty quantification for the VHTR system.

https://neup.inl.gov/SiteAssets/Final%20%20Reports/FY%202012/12-3582%20NEUP%20Final%20Report.pdf
  
https://neup.inl.gov/SiteAssets/2012%20R_D%20Abstracts/32-%202012_CFP_Abstract_3357.pdf
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University of Wisconsin- MadisonResearch and DevelopmentReactor Concepts Research Development and Demonstration (RCRD&D)$875,350

​Researchers will study mechanisms controlling both radiation swelling and radiation creep in silicon carbide. These two effects are crucial to understanding the issues associated with the brittle silicon carbide composite. Success in this project will ground progress in the adoption of silicon carbide for reactor solutions, particularly as fuel cladding.

https://neup.inl.gov/SiteAssets/Final%20%20Reports/FY%202012/12-3357%20NEUP%20Final%20Report.pdf
  
https://neup.inl.gov/SiteAssets/2012%20R_D%20Abstracts/27-%202012_CFP_Abstract_3318.pdf
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University of Wisconsin, MadisonResearch and Development    Reactor Concepts Research Development and Demonstration (RCRD&D)$877,000

​Researchers will investigate the benefits of utilizing advanced Brayton cycles with supercritical carbon dioxide in new reactor systems and components. Benefits of this research include improvement of analysis and performance of components currently utilizing these cycles as well as the potential for a large scale advanced CO2 power system.

https://neup.inl.gov/SiteAssets/Final%20%20Reports/FY%202012/12-3318%20NEUP%20Final%20Report.pdf

FCR&D – Fuel Cycle Research and Development
RCRD&D – Reactor Concepts Research, Development and Demonstration
NEAMS – Nuclear Energy Advanced Modeling and Simulation
MS – Mission Supporting Transformative Research


*Actual project funding will be established during the contract negotiations phase.

Research & Development (R&D)

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