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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​FY 2016 Infrastructure Grants

The Department of Energy is awarding approximately $5 million to 15 colleges and universities to support research reactor infrastructure and general scientific 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 and capabilities more efficient and in line with industry advances. 

A full list of infrastructure recipients is listed below. ​

FY16 Nuclear Energy University Programs Awards​
Boise State UniversityInfrastructureGeneral Scientific Infrastructure$250,000

Boise State University will procure an aerosol jet printer in order to establish additive manufacturing capability to fabricate functional materials and sensor devices for nuclear energy applications. The equipment will have crosscutting significance to advanced sensor and instrumentation research in multiple nuclear reactor designs and spent fuel cycles.​​

Kansas State UniversityInfrastructureGeneral Scientific Infrastructure$240,791

Kansas State University will enhance their Reactor Thermalhydraulics and Safety Research facilitieswith the purchase and installation of 1) a high-speed multispectral infrared imaging system; 2) a high-speed imaging system; 3) a laser system for Particle Image Velocimetry measurements; and 4) a Very Near Infra-Red hyperspectral imaging system. This equipment will help build a unique facility capable of simultaneously observing thermal and material behavior.​​

Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyInfrastructureGeneral Scientific Infrastructure$215,749
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Research Reactor (MITR) will upgrade post-irradiation examination (PIE) facilities to better complement the irradiation capabilities and broaden their role as a Nuclear Science User Facilities (NSUF) partner. The upgrade will enable the MITR to provide full irradiation and sample analysis capabilities from start to finish.​
Pennsylvania State UniversityInfrastructureGeneral Scientific Infrastructure$300,000

Pennsylvania State University (PSU) will provide $50,000 in cost match and $118,430 in cost share to acquire a 14-MeV neutron-generation system consisting of two Adelphi’s D-T tubes (10^8 n/sec & 10^10 n/sec) utilizing a single control unit. The acquisition of the system will enable further expansion of PSU’s research and education in the areas of materials irradiation testing and characterization, fast-neutron activation analysis, high-energy neutron imaging, fundamental neutron physics, accelerator-driven subcritical systems, radiation damage to electronics, and radiochemistry.​​

Texas A&M UniversityInfrastructureGeneral Scientific Infrastructure$250,000

TAMU will design, install, and fully implement a two-phase flow facility for dynamic characterization of thermal hydraulics in LWRs. The enhancement will not only enable extraction of high quality single and two phase flow data to help advance experimental benchmarks for simulation efforts (e.g., RELAP-7 two phase flow models), but will also enrich the undergraduate educational experience and graduate research potential within the Nuclear Engineering Department at TAMU. ​​

University of California, BerkeleyInfrastructureGeneral Scientific Infrastructure$249,649

University of California, Berkeley (UCB) will enhance laboratory safety with the purchase of a hand foot detector as well as enhance the mechanical property testing capability in order to test reactor irradiated materials on all length scales and temperatures. In addition, localized physical property probing will allow UCB to support particular fuels related work while nondestructive testing equipment will enhance the thermohydraulics work and engineering scale failure analysis.​​

University of MichiganInfrastructureGeneral Scientific Infrastructure$299,950

University of Michigan will provide $49,950 in cost match to assemble and interface two ion beam lines to a new FEI Tecnai G2 F30 transmission electron microscope (TEM) to provide unprecedented capability for conducting in-situ analysis of microstructural evolution under simultaneous ion irradiation and implantation. ​

Washington State UniversityInfrastructureGeneral Scientific Infrastructure$233,000

​Washington State University will purchase and setup a new calorimeter for thermodynamic data determination with radioisotopes, both in liquid phases and at solid/liquid interfaces.​

Idaho State UniversityInfrastructureReactor Upgrades$80,805

​Idaho State University will replace the BF3 detectors in the AGN-1 Reactor with modern B-10 lined detectors. The requested safety instrumentation upgrades will significantly modernize reactor operations, improve reliability, and allow students to train using current technology​.

Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyInfrastructureReactor Upgrades$499,640

Massachusetts Institute of Technology will improve reactor safety and operational reliability by procuring and installing new instruments (electronics and detection elements) for two of the four nuclear instrumentation channels that are used to monitor and control the reactor power level.​​

North Carolina State UniversityInfrastructureReactor Upgrades$480,000

North Carolina State University will upgrade components of the PULSTAR reactor control console instrumentation and monitoring equipment.  This upgrade will result in: increasing the reliability of critical monitoring channels by replacing obsolete electronics with new state-of-the-art instrumentation, and increasing the level of redundancy and backup functionality between channels to eliminate the possibility of critical failures leading to extended facility shutdowns.​​

Oregon State UniversityInfrastructureReactor Upgrades$683,500

Oregon State University will fulfill two immediate infrastructure needs; replace the remaining original components of the Oregon State TRIGA Reactor secondary cooling system and replace the nuclear instrumentation for our remaining original measuring channels. ​​

Rhode Island Nuclear Science CenterInfrastructureReactor Upgrades$180,000

Rhode Island Nuclear Science Center will upgrade the facility stack air monitor, which is used to detect any airborne radioactive gas or particulate that is released from the facility.​​

The Ohio State UniversityInfrastructureReactor Upgrades$230,000

Ohio State University will replace the existing 50+ year old reactor control-rod drive system of The Ohio State University Research Reactor with a modern system that will help maximize long-term reactor availability and improve safety. The proposed upgrade will help ensure ongoing operations to meet the needs of education and research for both OSU and DOE-NE. It will make use of modern components but be designed to minimize difficulty in safety approval.​​

University of Massachusetts, LowellInfrastructureReactor Upgrades$251,930

​University of Massachusetts, Lowell, will replace and upgrade two major reactor infrastructure elements of UMLRR: 1) replacement of the 40-year old heat exchanger with a modern, fully instrumented flat-plate heat exchanger; 2) addition of an "analog" neutron flux monitoring channel based on a fission chamber detector.​

University of UtahInfrastructureReactor Upgrades$433,563

University of Utah will acquire two neutron flux monitoring channels, a wide-range logarithmic channel, and a wide-range linear channel to replace the aging and degraded flux monitoring channels in the University of Utah TRIGA reactor (UUTR). This foreseen upgrade of the UUTR neutron flux monitoring channels will assure safe and reliable operational capabilities and enhance sustaining exponential growth of the Utah Nuclear Engineering Program.​​

Washington State UniversityInfrastructureReactor Upgrades$35,899

Washington State University will acquire a replacement CAM system with features such as airborne radioactive material concentration measurement capability and digital data logging.​​

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