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​​​FY 2013 Infrastructure Grants

The Department of Energy is awarding approximately $5 million to 15 colleges and universities to support research reactor infrastructure improvements, ensuring that American universities have the best equipment and tools available to educate the next generation of industry leaders and strengthen U.S. competitiveness in nuclear R&D. These awards will upgrade the existing fleet of research reactors and support equipment and infrastructure improvements, making these reactors more efficient and in line with industry advances.

A full list of infrastructure recipients is listed below.

FY13 Nuclear Energy University Programs Awards
Pennsylvania State UniversityInfrastructureMajor Reactor Upgrades$1,362,253

​Pennsylvania State University will build and install new capabilities including five neutron beam ports, a core-moderator assembly, reactor core upper and lower grid plates, safety plates, and a new reactor tower structure. The new beam ports will be geometrically aligned with the core-moderator assembly for optimal neutron output at experimental positions.
Texas A&M UniversityInfrastructureMajor Reactor Upgrades$963,000

​Texas A&M University will implement vital upgrades to its heat exchanger, facility air monitors, demineralizer system, and area radiation monitors, including upgrades to several pieces of equipment increasing the availability and maintaining critical systems used in its training, education, and research missions.
Colorado School of MinesInfrastructureMinor Reactor Upgrades$38,528

​Colorado School of Mines will reconfigure its control room to allow better student access to the reactor console. The new configuration will allow more students to directly view the reactor console. A two-way audio/video link between the control room, the counting room, and the classroom will also be added allowing for a broadcast to the classroom of reactor activities.
Kansas State UniversityInfrastructureMinor Reactor Upgrades$60,035

​Kansas State University will replace its primary coolant pump and secondary coolant expansion tank to improve flow rate and increase heat transfer, allowing the reactor to maintain higher power levels. A new water radiation monitor and remote display will also be installed in the primary coolant water sample to allow early detection of fission products released from the reactor fuel.
Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyInfrastructureMinor Reactor Upgrades$153,644

​The Massachusetts Institute of Technology will provide $3,644 in cost share to install a gaseous tritium detector, wide-range neutron monitor, and an improved safety system display unit for use in research on advanced materials. The improvements will monitor the reactor's experiments involving potential salt reactor coolants and augment shielding against electronic noise.
North Carolina State UniversityInfrastructureMinor Reactor Upgrades$200,000

​North Carolina State University will provide $50,000 in cost share to develop a high brightness positron spectrometry capability. The upgrade will be based on a second generation platinum multi-stage positron converter/moderator that will significantly improve the performance of their intense positron beam facility in nondestructive examination techniques.
University of Missouri, ColumbiaInfrastructureMinor Reactor Upgrades$200,000

​The University of Missouri, Columbia will provide $50,000 in cost share to upgrade its existing High Resolution Gamma Ray Spectroscopy system with modern data acquisition and management functionality. The upgrade will support a number of facility operations essential for reactor operations. High Purity Germanium (HPGe) and Multi-Channel Analyzer (MCA) detectors will also replace aging detectors.
University of Texas, AustinInfrastructureMinor Reactor Upgrades$187,682

​The University of Texas at Austin will provide $37,682 in cost share to upgrade its in-core neutron detector instrumentation. The upgrade will include a wide range neutron flux channel and self-powered neutron detectors for monitoring the flux in experimental locations and associated electronics. This will reduce electronic noise, allowing for the reactor to operate closer to its licensed power level.
Aiken Technical CollegeInfrastructureGeneral Scientific Infrastructure$95,000

​Aiken Technical College will acquire specialized training equipment for the full implementation of its nuclear welding technology program. The funds will be used to acquire an orbital welder and Bevelmaster beveling machine used to produce high quality weld preparations and joints required for nuclear power industry training.
North Carolina State UniversityInfrastructureGeneral Scientific Infrastructure$325,000

​North Carolina State University will provide $75,000 in cost share to install a positron microprobe for nano-phase positron annihilation spectrometry at its Positron Beam Laboratory. The spectrometer system will have a micron-sized positron beam spot on target with depth-profiling capability, and unprecedented positron intensity for nano-void and vacancy characterization of novel materials.
University of California, BerkeleyInfrastructureGeneral Scientific Infrastructure$242,179

​The University of California, Berkeley will purchase a high temperature furnace. The furnace can be heated to 1400C, covering a range important to test the performance of conventional as well as advanced materials. This upgrade will compliment previous infrastructure improvements which allow for state-of the-art techniques in nuclear materials research.
University of Illinois, Urbana-ChampaignInfrastructureGeneral Scientific Infrastructure$150,963

​The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will upgrade its Nuclear Fuel Cladding and Structural Materials Analysis Laboratory. The equipment which includes an electrolytical polisher for bulk materials, Perchloric acid laboratory hood, nuclear glove box and electrolytical polisher for transmission electron microscope specimens, will be used for investigating material performance in a variety of extreme conditions.
University of Tennessee, KnoxvilleInfrastructureGeneral Scientific Infrastructure$274,750

​The University of Tennessee at Knoxville will provide $274,750 in cost share to procure an advanced multipurpose X-ray diffraction (XRD) system. The system will consist of high resolution, high intensity, advanced X-ray beam optics, a centric Eulerian cradle, and three types of detectors. They system will allow researchers to examine and quantify materials behavior upon exposure to extreme conditions.
Utah State UniversityInfrastructureGeneral Scientific Infrastructure$275,000

Utah State University will provide $25,000 to purchase a high temperature laser flash analysis (LFA) system for thermal conductivity and thermal diffusivity studies. The system will compliment already existing high temperature systems allowing researchers to analyze thermophysical properties for the characterization of nuclear fuels and materials.​
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State UniversityInfrastructureGeneral Scientific Infrastructure$300,000

​Virginia Tech will provide $50,000 in cost share to establish a neutron irradiation laboratory. The laboratory will contain a neutron generator system, a material glovebox/hot cell with a pneumatic rabbit transfer system, with associated shielding. The laboratory will be used to support planned and current courses in radiation detection and measurement, radiation shielding and particle transport.
Washington State UniversityInfrastructureGeneral Scientific Infrastructure$135,000

​Washington State University will procure an up-to-date y-spectroscopy system that will allow superior training, R&D work and laboratory instruction. The new y-spectroscopy system will allow for students and researchers to operate and use the equipment for short-term experiments. It will be used for a variety of nuclear chemistry and radiochemistry applications.


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