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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​FY 2020 Nuclear Energy Enabling Technologies Awards

Five research and development projects led by DOE National Laboratories and U.S. universities will receive $5 million in funding. Together, they will conduct research to address crosscutting nuclear energy challenges that will help to develop advanced sensors and instrumentation and advanced manufacturing methods for multiple nuclear reactor plant and fuel applications. 

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

 

2020 NEET Award Abstracts
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
Description
  
  
https://neup.inl.gov/FY%202020%20CINR%20Abstracts/CFA-20-19321_TechnicalAbstract_2020CFATechnicalAbstractCFA-20-19321.pdf
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Argonne National LaboratoryNuclear Energy Enabling Technologies (NEET)Nuclear Energy Enabling Technologies (NEET)$1,000,000
Researchers will design and demonstrate and advanced control schemes for semi-autonomous and remote operation of advanced reactors to support integrated energy systems with energy storage technologies. The research will develop a control system architecture that will integrate with future changes to the grid, including highly variable grid demand.
  
https://neup.inl.gov/FY%202020%20CINR%20Abstracts/CFA-20-19356_TechnicalAbstract_2020CFATechnicalAbstract20-19356.pdf
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Auburn UniversityNuclear Energy Enabling Technologies (NEET)Nuclear Energy Enabling Technologies (NEET)$1,000,000
Researchers, using an integrated experimental and modeling approach, will develop, optimize and commercially demonstrate powder-based hot isostatic pressing (HIP) cladding and joining. This research will reduce the cost of manufacturing pressure retaining components in small modular and advanced reactors made from dissimilar metals.
  
https://neup.inl.gov/FY%202020%20CINR%20Abstracts/CFA-20-19280_TechnicalAbstract_2020CFATechnicalAbstractCFA-20-19280.pdf
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Brookhaven National LaboratoryNuclear Energy Enabling Technologies (NEET)Nuclear Energy Enabling Technologies (NEET)$1,000,000
Researchers will develop an artificial intelligence-based platform that can support autonomous control of advanced reactors. The platform will use and integrate information from multiple sensors and support systems to issue appropriate commands to plant systems to keep the reactor within a safe operating envelope and avoid unnecessary shutdown. The work will include a cost-benefit analysis to evaluate the performance of the platform and the anticipated cost savings from its deployment.
  
https://neup.inl.gov/FY%202020%20CINR%20Abstracts/CFA-20-20021_TechnicalAbstract_2020CFATechnicalAbstractCFA-20-20021.pdf
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Pennsylvania State UniversityNuclear Energy Enabling Technologies (NEET)Nuclear Energy Enabling Technologies (NEET)$1,000,000
Researchers will develop, integrate, and test an ultrasound suite integrated into an additive manufacturing (AM) build plate to provide in-situ monitoring of the AM part being built. The sensing, based on microstructural sensitive diffuse ultrasonic scattering, provides information about the microstructure and associated material properties during the build. Research will focus on sensing material signatures prior to failure to allow for on-the-fly corrections to the AM build.
  
https://neup.inl.gov/FY%202020%20CINR%20Abstracts/CFA-20-19888_TechnicalAbstract_2020CFATechnicalAbstract-20-19888.pdf
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University of PittsburghNuclear Energy Enabling Technologies (NEET)Nuclear Energy Enabling Technologies (NEET)$1,000,000
Researchers will develop a fiber sensor fused additive manufacturing technique for smart components and module fabrication for nuclear power systems. The proposed innovation will significantly lower installation costs of monitoring instruments, reduce the overall operational costs, and dramatically improve safety margins of nuclear power systems, thusincrease the economic viability of nuclear energy.

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