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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​FY 2016 Nuclear Energy Enabling Technologies Awards

Through this program, the U.S. Department of Energy is announcing over $10 million that will be awarded to universities, industry and national laboratories to further advanced manufacturing, reactor materials, instrumentation, and cybersecurity research. 

A complete list of NEET projects with their associated abstracts is listed below.​​

FY 2016 Nuclear Energy Enabling Technology R&D Awards
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
Description
  
  
https://neup.inl.gov/SiteAssets/FY%202016%20Abstracts/Research%20and%20Development/CFA-16-10181_TechnicalAbstract_2016CFATechnicalAbstract16-10181.pdf
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Boise State UniversityNuclear Energy Enabling Technologies (NEET)Joint NEET/NEUP R&D with NSUF Access$500,000

This project will investigate the microstructural and mechanical integrity of high irradiation fluence on laser weld repairs of previously-irradiated material. Studies will focus on neutron-irradiated AISI 304 stainless steel hex blocks, which contain high void number density and high helium concentration. These specimens will then be welded and subsequently ion irradiated to as high as 200 displacements per atom (dpa).​​

  
https://neup.inl.gov/SiteAssets/FY%202016%20Abstracts/Research%20and%20Development/CFA-16-10584_TechnicalAbstract_2016CFATechnicalAbstract10584.pdf
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Colorado School of MinesNuclear Energy Enabling Technologies (NEET)Joint NEET/NEUP R&D with NSUF Access$499,928

​The proposed project will collect first-ever irradiation and thermal aging performance data for stainless steel and Inconel specimens produced using a range of commercially available additive manufacturing techniques. Commercial suppliers will produce a set of tensile bar specimens using a representative range of additive manufacturing techniques and parameters for irradiation in the ATR and subsequent post-irradiation examination and comparison to as-fabricated and thermally-aged specimens.​

  
https://neup.inl.gov/SiteAssets/FY%202016%20Abstracts/Research%20and%20Development/CFA-16-10537_TechnicalAbstract_2016CFATechnicalAbstract10537.pdf
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Idaho State UniversityNuclear Energy Enabling Technologies (NEET)Joint NEET/NEUP R&D with NSUF Access$500,000

Researchers will perform neutron irradiation and post-irradiation examination of bulk nanostructured austenitic and ferritic/martensitic (F/M) steels that are anticipated to have enhanced irradiation tolerance. Two innovative, low-cost manufacturing techniques will be used to manufacture the samples: equal-channel angular pressing (ECAP) and high-pressure torsion (HPT).​​

  
https://neup.inl.gov/SiteAssets/FY%202016%20Abstracts/Research%20and%20Development/CFA-16-10468_TechnicalAbstract_2016CFATechnicalAbstractRPA-16-10468.pdf
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Oak Ridge National LaboratoryNuclear Energy Enabling Technologies (NEET)Joint NEET/NEUP R&D with NSUF Access$100,000

Researchers will experimentally verify the multi-physics model of prototypical SiC-based fuel clad to neutron irradiation under high radial heat flux that is relevant to practical LWR fuel operation. The team will irradiate and conduct post-irradiation examination on tube specimens of prototypical SiC-based accident tolerant fuels.​​

  
https://neup.inl.gov/SiteAssets/FY%202016%20Abstracts/Research%20and%20Development/CFA-16-10764_TechnicalAbstract_2016CFATechnicalAbstract16-10764.pdf
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Oak Ridge National LaboratoryNuclear Energy Enabling Technologies (NEET)Joint NEET/NEUP R&D with NSUF Access$495,330

Researchers will investigate diffusion of fission product elements in PyC/SiC substrates with near identical layer construction to TRISO fuel to supply accurate diffusion kinetics necessary to validate and provide input for fuel performance models. The effect of neutron radiation on fission product diffusion will be understood by investigating both thermally exposed diffusion couples and diffusion couples exposed to neutron radiation at temperature.​​

  
https://neup.inl.gov/SiteAssets/FY%202016%20Abstracts/Research%20and%20Development/CFA-16-10696_TechnicalAbstract_2016CFATechnicalAbstract10696.pdf
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University of FloridaNuclear Energy Enabling Technologies (NEET)Joint NEET/NEUP R&D with NSUF Access$489,135

To fundamentally understand the elemental evolution, segregation and precipitation in duplex stainless steels upon irradiation and thermal aging, Researchers will conduct systematic X-ray measurements including X-ray diffraction, Extended X-ray Absorption Fine structure spectroscopy and in-situ tensile testing using WXAS on existing irradiated cast stainless steels and welds. The study will also be augmented by microstructural characterization using TEM and APT.​​

  
https://neup.inl.gov/SiteAssets/FY%202016%20Abstracts/Research%20and%20Development/CFA-16-10200_TechnicalAbstract_2016CFATechnicalAbstract10200.pdf
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University of MichiganNuclear Energy Enabling Technologies (NEET)Joint NEET/NEUP R&D with NSUF Access$499,611

Researchers will assess the feasibility of re-irradiating existing neutron irradiated alloys 304SS and 316SS to high dose levels using ion irradiation.  The purpose of the re-irradiations is to achieve high dose microstructures that represent those from reactor irradiation with similar doses. The success of this project would enable the community to evaluate material response at high dose using the existing inventory of reactor-irradiated materials to support life extension for the current LWR fleet. ​​

  
https://neup.inl.gov/SiteAssets/FY%202016%20Abstracts/Research%20and%20Development/CFA-16-10432_TechnicalAbstract_2016CFATechnicalAbstract10432.pdf
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University of MichiganNuclear Energy Enabling Technologies (NEET)Joint NEET/NEUP R&D with NSUF Access$500,000

Researchers will measure diffusion coefficients of fission product (FP) for irradiation performance at IPyC/SiC interface and in SiC via a set of separate effects tests that target the diffusion path, temperature, and irradiation conditions. The team will then use ab initio and molecular dynamics calculations to determine the atomistics associated with diffusion to provide a fundamental physics-based model of FP diffusion at IPyC/SuC and in SiC for use in PARFUME to predict FP release in TRISO fuel.​​

  
https://neup.inl.gov/SiteAssets/FY%202016%20Abstracts/Research%20and%20Development/CFA-16-10393_TechnicalAbstract.pdf
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GE Hitachi Nuclear EnergyNuclear Energy Enabling Technologies (NEET)NSUF Access Only$ -

​Researchers will perform full irradiation/PIE on materials produced by Direct Metal Laser Melting (DMLM) fabrication. It is desirable to test material fabricated in this manner because there are significant opportunities for implementation as reactor internal repair parts, fuel debris resistant filters, and fuel spacers in existing Light Water Reactors (LWRs). Advanced LWRs could also benefit from the use of additively manufactured materials in smaller complex parts.​

  
https://neup.inl.gov/SiteAssets/FY%202016%20Abstracts/Research%20and%20Development/CFA-16-10393_TechnicalAbstract.pdf
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GE Hitachi Nuclear EnergyNuclear Energy Enabling Technologies (NEET)NSUF Access Only$ -

​Researchers will perform full irradiation/PIE on materials produced by Direct Metal Laser Melting (DMLM) fabrication. It is desirable to test material fabricated in this manner because there are significant opportunities for implementation as reactor internal repair parts, fuel debris resistant filters, and fuel spacers in existing Light Water Reactors (LWRs). Advanced LWRs could also benefit from the use of additively manufactured materials in smaller complex parts.​

  
https://neup.inl.gov/SiteAssets/FY%202016%20Abstracts/Research%20and%20Development/2016%20CFA%20Technical%20Abstract%2016-10737.pdf
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Oak Ridge National LaboratoryNuclear Energy Enabling Technologies (NEET)NSUF Access Only$ -

Researchers will seek to better understand the phenomenon of radiation induced segregation to grain boundaries through the application of advanced microscopy techniques including scanning transmission electron microscopy combined with energy dispersive spectroscopy, and atom probe tomography.​​

  
https://neup.inl.gov/SiteAssets/FY%202016%20Abstracts/Research%20and%20Development/CFA-16-10480_TechnicalAbstract_2016CFATechnicalAbstract16-10480.pdf
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Oregon State UniversityNuclear Energy Enabling Technologies (NEET)NSUF Access Only$ -

Researchers will seek to understand the role of different minor alloy elements in the formation of order phases in Ni-based alloys. Additionally, the range of stability of the ordered phase is investigated by changing the Ni-Cr stoichiometry. This work proposes ion/proton irradiation of commercial alloy 690 and model Ni-Cr-Fe-X alloys (where X=Si, P) to understand the role of minor elements and stoichiometry in the ordering phase transformation kinetics.​​

  
https://neup.inl.gov/SiteAssets/FY%202016%20Abstracts/Research%20and%20Development/CFA-16-10834_TechnicalAbstract_2016CFATechnicalAbstractCFA-16-10834.pdf
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Vanderbilt UniversityNuclear Energy Enabling Technologies (NEET)NSUF Access Only$ -

Access to the Gamma Irradiation Facility in the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory will be granted for the development of a nano-modified concrete for next generation storage systems. The access will be used to subject concrete containing nano-sized and nano-structured particles to gamma radiations to simulate decades of radiation dose for subsequent characterization of the microstructure and mechanical properties.​​

  
https://neup.inl.gov/SiteAssets/FY%202016%20Abstracts/Research%20and%20Development/CFA-16-10644_TechnicalAbstract_2016CFATechnicalAbstract_RPA-16-10644.pdf
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Argonne National LaboratoryNuclear Energy Enabling Technologies (NEET)Nuclear Energy Enabling Technologies (NEET)$1,000,000

Researchers will develop new capabilities for in situ thermal-mechanical testing of neutron-irradiated specimens with 3D X-ray characterization techniques. These new capabilities will enable researchers to probe radiation damage and damage evolution within individual grains of mm-sized polycrystalline specimens.​​

  
https://neup.inl.gov/SiteAssets/FY%202016%20Abstracts/Research%20and%20Development/CFA-16-10669_TechnicalAbstract_2016CFATechnicalAbstractRPA-16-10669.pdf
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Argonne National LaboratoryNuclear Energy Enabling Technologies (NEET)Nuclear Energy Enabling Technologies (NEET)$1,000,000

Researchers will develop and demonstrate methods for transmission of information in nuclear facilities by acoustic means along existing in-place metal infrastructure (e.g. piping). This innovative means of transmitting information overcomes physics hurdles that beset conventional communication methods. This project provides a cross-cutting solution for those areas in the plant where wired or wireless RF communication is not feasible, not reliable (accident conditions), or not secure.​​

  
https://neup.inl.gov/SiteAssets/FY%202016%20Abstracts/Research%20and%20Development/CFA-16-10669_TechnicalAbstract_2016CFATechnicalAbstractRPA-16-10669.pdf
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Argonne National LaboratoryNuclear Energy Enabling Technologies (NEET)Nuclear Energy Enabling Technologies (NEET)$1,000,000

Researchers will develop and demonstrate methods for transmission of information in nuclear facilities by acoustic means along existing in-place metal infrastructure (e.g. piping). This innovative means of transmitting information overcomes physics hurdles that beset conventional communication methods. This project provides a cross-cutting solution for those areas in the plant where wired or wireless RF communication is not feasible, not reliable (accident conditions), or not secure.​​

  
https://neup.inl.gov/SiteAssets/FY%202016%20Abstracts/Research%20and%20Development/CFA-16-10169_TechnicalAbstract_2016CFAAbstract_RPA-16-10169.pdf
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Electric Power Research Institute, Inc. (EPRI)Nuclear Energy Enabling Technologies (NEET)Nuclear Energy Enabling Technologies (NEET)$999,456

Researchers will develop and demonstrate an innovative qualification strategy/approach for complex nuclear reactor internal components produced by additive manufacturing that incorporates Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (ICME) and in-situ process control. Data generated using this approach can be shared with stakeholders/OEMs to determine risks involved in deployment of components in nuclear applications.​​

  
https://neup.inl.gov/SiteAssets/FY%202016%20Abstracts/Research%20and%20Development/CFA-16-10616_TechnicalAbstract_2016CFATechnicalAbstract16-10616.pdf
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Oak Ridge National LaboratoryNuclear Energy Enabling Technologies (NEET)Nuclear Energy Enabling Technologies (NEET)$800,000

Researchers will develop/demonstrate a novel solid-state additive manufacturing process for both manufacturing individual components and cladding and surface modification to improve nuclear components and to support repair of failed components with low weldability. The new technique is expected to have a considerable reduction in cost while showing improvement in productivity and quality.​​

  
https://neup.inl.gov/SiteAssets/FY%202016%20Abstracts/Research%20and%20Development/CFA-16-10570_TechnicalAbstract_2016CFATechnicalAbstract16-10570.pdf
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Pacific Northwest National LaboratoryNuclear Energy Enabling Technologies (NEET)Nuclear Energy Enabling Technologies (NEET)$1,000,000

Researchers will establish the value of using neutron irradiation followed by heavy ion irradiation as a technique to accurately assess the effects of irradiation on nuclear reactor structural materials that are exposed to significant dose beyond what can be conveniently studied by neutron irradiations alone. The goal is to show how this technique compares to pure ion irradiations and pure neutron irradiations, both of which are used to study irradiation effects.​​

  
https://neup.inl.gov/SiteAssets/FY%202016%20Abstracts/Research%20and%20Development/CFA-16-10884_TechnicalAbstract_2016CFATechnicalAbstractCFA-16-10884.pdf
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Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State UniversityNuclear Energy Enabling Technologies (NEET)Nuclear Energy Enabling Technologies (NEET)$1,000,000

Researchers will develop and demonstrate an enabling technology for the data communications for nuclear reactors and fuel cycle facilities using radiation and thermal energy harvestings, through-wall ultrasound communication, and harsh environment electronics. The project will enable transmitting a great amount of data through the physical boundaries in the harsh nuclear environment in a self-powered manner.​​

  
https://neup.inl.gov/SiteAssets/FY%202016%20Abstracts/Research%20and%20Development/CFA-16-10773_TechnicalAbstract_2016CFATechnicalAbstractCFA-16-10773.pdf
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Westinghouse Electric Company LLCNuclear Energy Enabling Technologies (NEET)Nuclear Energy Enabling Technologies (NEET)$789,228

Researchers will design, manufacture, and operate a wireless transmitter that uses highly radiation-and temperature-resistant vacuum micro-electronics technology that continuously broadcasts Vanadium self-powered neutron detector (SPND) signal measurements to receivers located outside a test reactor core. The power required to broadcast the wireless signal is generated by harvesting gamma radiation emitted by the reactor core and using an activated Co-60.​​


The Department of Energy is also awarding over $1 million for infrastructure upgrades at 3 national laboratories. Details on the infrastructure upgrades are available below. 

FY 2016 Nuclear Energy Enabling Technology Infrastructure Awards

Title

Institution

Estimated 
Funding*
Project Description
Enhanced Micro-analytical Capabilities of Irradiated Materials

Oak Ridge National 
Laboratory

$281,473 Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) will acquire a MEMS-based high-temperature, high mechanical stability in situ experimental system for TEM, as well as an on-axis tomography TEM holder for atom probe specimens. The project will also procure and install an advanced inventory tracking and laboratory information management system for irradiated materials.
Scanning Probe Microscope for Measuring Mechanical and Electromagnetic Properties of Irradiated Materials

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

$500,000 Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) will procure and install a multi-capability atomic force microscope for enabling atomic force, magnetic force, and piezo force microscopy.
Upgrade of the IVEM-Tandem User FacilityArgonne National Laboratory $230,000 Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) will make two enhancements to the IVEM-Tandem Facility: 1) establish dual-beam irradiation capability to enable the study of synergistic effects of heavy ion induced cascade damage and helium produced in nuclear environments; and 2) acquire an in situ heating stage dedicated to radioactive samples to meet the increased demand in nuclear fuel studies and high-dose irradiation of neutron-irradiated samples, permitting safe specimen handling and experimentation.
 

 
 Total Infrastructure Funding 
 $1,011,473  

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