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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​FY 2017 Nuclear Energy Enabling Technologies Awards

In NEET Crosscutting Technologies, $6 million will be awarded for six research and development projects led by Department of Energy national laboratories, industry and U.S. universities to conduct research to address crosscutting nuclear energy challenges that will help to develop advanced sensors and instrumentation, advanced manufacturing methods, and materials for multiple nuclear reactor plant and fuel applications.

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

 

2017 NEET Award Abstracts
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
Description
  
  
https://neup.inl.gov/SiteAssets/FY%202017%20Abstracts/CFA-17-12633_TechnicalAbstract_2017CFATechnicalAbstract17-12633.pdf
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Boise State UniversityNuclear Energy Enabling Technologies (NEET)Nuclear Energy Enabling Technologies (NEET)$999,688
Researchers will develop a novel hybrid plasmonic sensor that is easier and less costly to manufacture, and which will continue to function properly after radiation exposure. Reusability is a significant feature that will further reduce cost; after reaching critical temperatures, the facility could quickly and easily reset and reuse the sensor for subsequent measurements.
  
https://neup.inl.gov/SiteAssets/FY%202017%20Abstracts/CFA-17-12703_TechnicalAbstract_2017CFATechnicalAbstract12703.pdf
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North Carolina State UniversityNuclear Energy Enabling Technologies (NEET)Nuclear Energy Enabling Technologies (NEET)$890,000
Researchers will develop high temperature embedded/integrated sensors for wireless monitoring of reactor and fuel cycle systems. Existing sensing techniques for NPP structures are mostly challenged by the limitations at high temperatures, by the lack of radiation resistance, by the poor embed-ability because of the wired electric power supply and communication, and by unknown long-term performance under harsh environments.
  
https://neup.inl.gov/SiteAssets/FY%202017%20Abstracts/CFA-17-12907_TechnicalAbstract_2017CFATechnicalAbstract17-12907.pdf
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Pacific Northwest National LaboratoryNuclear Energy Enabling Technologies (NEET)Nuclear Energy Enabling Technologies (NEET)$1,000,000
Researchers will design an ultrasonic sensor (and the associated instrumentation) for deploying at the TREAT reactor in support of transient testing of pre-irradiated nuclear fuel rods. The focus of the sensor design will be on high-speed (
  
https://neup.inl.gov/SiteAssets/FY%202017%20Abstracts/CFA-17-12744_TechnicalAbstract_2017CFATechnicalAbstract17-12744.pdf
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University of Wisconsin-MadisonNuclear Energy Enabling Technologies (NEET)Nuclear Energy Enabling Technologies (NEET)$1,000,000
Researchers will develop a low temperature powder spray deposition process for: [i] the manufacture of fuel cladding of oxide dispersion strengthened (ODS) steels, and [ii] deposition of coatings (e.g., functionally-graded and multilayered coatings) to address corrosion, stress corrosion cracking (SCC), and wear in reactor components. This technology is amenable to large-scale manufacturing and will lower costs.
  
https://neup.inl.gov/SiteAssets/FY%202017%20Abstracts/CFA-17-12690_TechnicalAbstract_2017CFATechnicalAbstract12690.pdf
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Vanderbilt UniversityNuclear Energy Enabling Technologies (NEET)Nuclear Energy Enabling Technologies (NEET)$1,000,000
Researchers will develop a novel and generalizable 3-D sensor network and associated data analytics for the chemo-mechanical degradation state monitoring, diagnostics and prognostics of corrosive processes in representative secondary piping structures. This project will address current and future needs in nuclear power plants for cost-effectively maintaining the safety and operational performance of passive structural components.
  
https://neup.inl.gov/SiteAssets/FY%202017%20Abstracts/CFA-17-13022_TechnicalAbstract_2017CFATechnicalAbstract13022.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 a distributed acoustic fiber Bragg grating sensing (AFBGs) technology capable of monitoring multiple parameters, such as strain, temperature, pressure, and corrosion for structural health monitoring in nuclear facilities.

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