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The U.S. Department of Energy is awarding approximately $6 million to 19 colleges and universities to support research reactor infrastructure and general scientific infrastructure improvements. These awards strengthen U.S. competitiveness in nuclear R&D and ensure that American universities have the best equipment and tools available to educate the next generation of industry leaders. The FY 2017 university infrastructure 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. Actual project funding will be established during contract negotiation phase.

FY17 Nuclear Energy University Programs Awards​
Alfred UniversityInfrastructureGeneral Scientific Infrastructure$379,925
CeraFab 8500 printer will enable additive manufacturing work on ceramic materials by developing techniques and training faculty and graduate students through work on fuel surrogates.
Boise State UniversityInfrastructureGeneral Scientific Infrastructure$295,392
Synthesis and characterization equipment (advanced manufacturing) to support advanced manufacturing for nuclear sensors. This builds upon an infrastructure grant from FY2016.
Clemson UniversityInfrastructureGeneral Scientific Infrastructure$249,600
Raman microscope with high-temperature atmosphere-controlled capability for the characterization of ceramic materials relevant to diverse aspects of the nuclear fuel cycle.
Illinois Institute of TechnologyInfrastructureGeneral Scientific Infrastructure$160,000
The proposed equipment (autoclave with two sapphire windows) will allow in-situ micro-scale characterization of oxide microstructure of nuclear materials under corrosion in various environments as well as the in-situ investigation of primary water radiolysis effect on corrosion.
Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyInfrastructureGeneral Scientific Infrastructure$218,825
New cameras (VIS and IR camera (2)) to expand experimental capabilities in two phase flow and boiling heat transfer, leveraging high-speed infrared and video imaging techniques, spatial resolution of 100 μm and a temporal resolution of 0.4 ms.
North Carolina State UniversityInfrastructureGeneral Scientific Infrastructure$288,467
A full system for stress-corrosion cracking testing in light water reactor environments, Two individual “basic” high pressure autoclaves essentially for teaching purposes, Electrochemical corrosion testing equipment.
Texas A&M UniversityInfrastructureGeneral Scientific Infrastructure$235,985
State-of-the-art X-ray tomography combined to high-frequency optical sensors to our advanced flow visualization systems to perform high resolution measurements of single- and multi-phase flows.
The Ohio State UniversityInfrastructureGeneral Scientific Infrastructure$249,945
Will support research in advanced sensor development and material property characterization. Instruments include photoluminescence and UV-Vis spectrometers, GHz oscilloscope, spectrum analyzer, pulsed laser, fiber optic sensor characterization equipment, inert environment glovebox, equipment for ultrasonics testing, and mechanical translation stages.
University of FloridaInfrastructureGeneral Scientific Infrastructure$246,379
Fill the nationally wide need gap for IASCC test facility in order to support the materials degradation and advanced nuclear materials development for the LWR Sustainability (LWRS) program. 2. Support the on-going, under-review and near future nuclear materials research at the University of Florida. 3. Train next generation of work force for nuclear engineerinthe g R&D sector with radioactive materials hands-on experience.
University of IdahoInfrastructureGeneral Scientific Infrastructure$303,549
Installation of a thermal hydraulic test loop: printed circuit heat exchangers (PCHEs), test steels and Ni-based alloys in simulated water reactor environments. Dynamic materials testing loop: An existing static autoclave testing system will be modified with a high pressure re-circulation flow loop, loading train, and required instrumentation for fatigue crack growth and stress corrosion cracking of structural materials used in nuclear reactors. Thermal analysis system: adsorption isotherms for various systems including non-radioactive isotopes of fission products on graphite and graphitic materials.
University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignInfrastructureGeneral Scientific Infrastructure$280,670
Autoclave Recirculating Loop to Enable LWR Immersion, Slow Strain Rate (SSRT), and Constant Extension Rate Testing (CERT) to perform experiments related to stress corrosion cracking, cyclical fatigue, and creep of LWR advanced alloy structural components
University of MichiganInfrastructureGeneral Scientific Infrastructure$300,000
Advanced high-speed X-ray imaging, high resolution distributed temperature sensors, and high resolution profile velocimetry sensing for application in liquid metals and other fluids + development, design, and testing of new fast neutron imaging technologies.
University of Wisconsin-MadisonInfrastructureGeneral Scientific Infrastructure$304,721
Glow Discharge - Optical Emission Spectrometer & Chemistry controlled recirculatory loop for the Environmental Degradation of Nuclear Materials Laboratory.
Utah State UniversityInfrastructureGeneral Scientific Infrastructure$300,000
Focused Ion Beam for Advanced Specimen Preparation, 3D Microstructural Characterization, and Simulated Irradiation.
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State UniversityInfrastructureGeneral Scientific Infrastructure$290,000
Equipment to characterize single and two phase flows in three dimensions to support V&V of simulation codes and to study dynamic corrosion in turbulent environments.
Pennsylvania State UniversityInfrastructureReactor Upgrades$1,084,000
Pennsylvania State University will replace the existing control console with a system based on nuclear-grade hardware, including eventually a digital safety system. The software and system architecture would be "open source" with all technical and regulatory content would be shared among the TRIGA Reactor User’s Group.
The Ohio State UniversityInfrastructureReactor Upgrades$184,328
Ohio State University will acquire radiation shielding material and instrumentation to recommission two neutron beam ports at the research reactor.
University of Maryland, College ParkInfrastructureReactor Upgrades$315,120
University of Maryland will purchase a spare control rod drive mechanism, end fittings for the new fuel elements and upgrade the software for the facility’s gamma spectrometry equipment.
University of Missouri, ColumbiaInfrastructureReactor Upgrades$319,067
University of Missouri, Columbia will purchase new paperless strip chart recorders and an off-gas (stack) effluent monitoring system to replace obsolete safety instrumentation.
University of Wisconsin-MadisonInfrastructureReactor Upgrades$61,460
University of Wisconsin, Madison will replace health physics (HP) radiation monitoring equipment to support the operation and research.
Washington State UniversityInfrastructureReactor Upgrades$11,163
Washington State University will replace the existing 1970s-vintage Exhaust Gas Monitoring (EGM) system with a modern system. The original system will be retained as a backup.