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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​FY 2020 Nuclear Science User Facilities Awards

DOE has selected one industry, three DOE National Laboratory, and three university-led projects that will take advantage of NSUF capabilities to investigate important nuclear fuel and material applications. DOE will support two of these projects with a total of $1 million in research funds. All seven of these projects will be supported by more than $2.4 million in facility access costs and expertise for experimental neutron and ion irradiation testing, post-irradiation examination facilities, synchrotron beamline capabilities, and technical assistance for design and analysis of experiments through NSUF. In addition, one of the abovementioned NEUP R&D projects will be supported with $1.6 million in NSUF access funds. 

A complete list of NSUF projects with their associated abstracts is available below.      
 

2020 NSUF Award Abstracts
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
Description
  
  
https://neup.inl.gov/FY%202020%20CINR%20Abstracts/CFA-20-19172_TechnicalAbstract_2020CFATechnicalAbstract20-19172.pdf
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Electric Power Research Institute, Inc.Nuclear Science User FacilitiesJoint R&D with NSUF Access$497,881
Researchers paln to attach ultrasonic transducers to substrates using various adhesive couplants that will be irradiated at elevated temperature to simulate LWR primary loop conditions at the PULSTAR reactor at North Carolina State University. Ultrasonic data will be taken in-situ. Subsequently, the sensors and couplant interfaces will be characterized using the LAMDA facility at ORNL. The results will be used to benefit a parallel EPRI project on online monitoring of cracks in LWR primary loop piping.
  
https://neup.inl.gov/FY%202020%20CINR%20Abstracts/CFA-20-19128_TechnicalAbstract_2020CFATechnicalAbstractRPA-20-19128.pdf
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University of Wisconsin-MadisonNuclear Science User FacilitiesJoint R&D with NSUF Access$500,000
Researchers will integrate high-throughput synthesis, irradiation, and characterization with atomistic and mesoscale simulation and machine learning to develop understanding and predictive models for irradiation response and corrosion properties of selected alloys. The focus will be on structural Compositionally Complex Alloys (four or more elements in a single-phase solid solution) relevant for high temperature nuclear applications.
  
https://neup.inl.gov/FY%202020%20CINR%20Abstracts/CFA-20-19178_TechnicalAbstract_2020CFATechnicalAbstractCFA-20-19178.pdf
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Idaho National LaboratoryNuclear Science User FacilitiesNSUF Access Only$-
Researchers will demonstrate operation of domestically produced self-powered neutron detectors in the pressurized water loop at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Reactor (MITR) as part of a developmental program to incorporate such sensors into ATR fuels and materials experiments. This ability to point measure flux in ATR experiments in real time will substantially contribute to fulfillment of DOE-NE program objectives.
  
https://neup.inl.gov/FY%202020%20CINR%20Abstracts/CFA-20-19163_TechnicalAbstract_2020CFATechnicalAbstractCFA-20-19163.pdf
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North Carolina State UniversityNuclear Science User FacilitiesNSUF Access Only$-
Reserachers will investigate the synergy of radiation damage with corrosion processes through a series of separate effect experiments which will look at the effect of irradiation on iron-based systems and nickel-based systems and how radiation damage affect corrosion processes to support Liquid Metal Cooled Reactors and Molten Salt Reactors.
  
https://neup.inl.gov/FY%202020%20CINR%20Abstracts/CFA-20-19122_TechnicalAbstract_2020CFATechnicalAbstract20-19122.pdf
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North Carolina State UniversityNuclear Science User FacilitiesNSUF Access Only$-
Researchers will conduct post irradiation examination (PIE) of nanocrystalline and conventional grained nickel that has been irradiated in ATR for 1 and 2 dpa. The PIE involves mechanical and microstrutural characterization using microhardness, tensile, electron backscatter diffraction, optical, tranmission electron microscopy and atom probe tomography techniques.
  
https://neup.inl.gov/FY%202020%20CINR%20Abstracts/CFA-20-19821_TechnicalAbstract_2020CFATechnicalAbstractCFA-20-19821.pdf
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Oak Ridge National LaboratoryNuclear Science User FacilitiesNSUF Access Only$-
Researchers will conduct x-ray diffraction computed tomography analysis at NSLS II at Brookhaven National Laboratory and provide critical data on lattice strain for the response of SiC tubes to neutron irradiation under a temperature gradient. This information will be used to validate and/or improve the thermo-mechanical modeling of SiC/SiC tubes for accident tolerant LWR fuel applications. This experimental result will be compared with simulated lattice strains.
  
https://neup.inl.gov/FY%202020%20CINR%20Abstracts/CFA-20-19145_TechnicalAbstract_2020CFATechnicalAbstract20-19145.pdf
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Pacific Northwest National LaboratoryNuclear Science User FacilitiesNSUF Access Only$-
Cable degradation accelerates late in the cable's lifetime curve but this phenomena must be validated with experimental data. Researchers will use the Sandia Gamma Irradiation Facility (GIF) to expose nuclear cable insulation samples in sealed containers to a series of gamma doses at a series of dose rates. Oxygen concentration of the sealed containers and dielectric properties of the polymer samples will be measured pre- and post-irradiation. Lifetime curves of the insulation will be determined at more extreme accelerated conditions.

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