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​​Eighteen university-led projects will receive more than $6.3 million for research and infrastructure improvements, providing important safety, performance, and student education-related upgrades to a portion of the nation's 25 university reactors, as well as enhancing university research and training infrastructure. 

A full list of infrastructure recipients is listed below. 

​​FY 2023 Infrastructure Awards
Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyInfrastructureGeneral Scientific Infrastructure$136,000
Project seeks to upgrade the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Research Reactor (MITR) post-irradiation examination (PIE) facilities to better complement the irradiation capabilities and broaden our role as a Nuclear Science User Facilities (NSUF) partner. Our eventual goal is to enable the MITR to provide full irradiation and sample analysis capabilities, from the start to the end of NSUF projects.
Pennsylvania State UniversityInfrastructureGeneral Scientific Infrastructure$326,898
Pennsylvania State University seeks a high-speed X-ray imaging system under a chemically controlled atmosphere to study high-temperature advanced reactor coolants and the materials-environment interactions. The capability of imaging low radioactive liquids and solids using a high-energy X-ray beam, at a very high imaging rate, and under a chemically protective environment is currently not available in the Nuclear Energy Infrastructure Database.
Purdue UniversityInfrastructureGeneral Scientific Infrastructure$258,750
Purdue University seeks to expand the Nuclear Science User Facilities (NSUF) capabilities to include hot isostatic pressing (HIP) equipment to fabricate, densify, and/or process nuclear structural materials, nuclear fuels, radioactive waste, and radiation detectors.
North Carolina State UniversityInfrastructureGeneral Scientific Infrastructure$250,000
North Carolina State University will procure a molten salt pumped loop and glove box for both cutting-edge R&D and laboratory training for upper-division undergraduate and graduate students. Future users of the salt loop will investigate a diversity of research topics that include fluid characterization, material corrosion, thermos-hydraulics, sensor development, and more.
University of New MexicoInfrastructureGeneral Scientific Infrastructure$209,305
Project seeks to enhance the materials characterization capabilities at the University of New Mexico hot cell facilities through acquisition of a microhardness tester, an in situ SEM picoindenter, and a digital image correlation system.
University of Nevada, RenoInfrastructureGeneral Scientific Infrastructure$180,779
Project seeks to obtain accessories for existing characterization tools to determine the composition of halide salts. Specifically, a double glovebox, an ELTRA combustion analyzer and a titrator. This facility along with existing characterization infrastructure at UNR will allow for complete characterization of the salt composition.
Oregon State UniversityInfrastructureGeneral Scientific Infrastructure$249,885
Project aims to enhance Oregon State University (OSU)’s capabilities to handle and comprehensively characterize air- and water-sensitive nuclear materials, including (fuel-bearing) molten salts, liquid and solid metallic fuels, etc., by developing a THERmophysical and cheMical lab for envirOnment-sensitive NUCLEar mAteRials (The Thermonuclear lab).
University of WyomingInfrastructureGeneral Scientific Infrastructure$300,000
University of Wyoming seeks to secure the necessary infrastructure to establish a nuclear chemistry core facility which will serve the research and teaching missions of the University of Wyoming.
University of UtahInfrastructureGeneral Scientific Infrastructure$244,942
University of Utah seeks to acquire a turn-key Psylotech µTS testing system and furnace chambers to enable elevated temperature testing (up to 1600°C) of reduced length scale specimens (dimensions from 10 µm to 10mm).
Rensselaer Polytechnic InstituteInfrastructureGeneral Scientific Infrastructure$250,000
Project seeks to strengthen the research and educational capabilities of the Nuclear Engineering Program at RPI (developing the NuScale Energy Exploration (E2) Center and a digital control room).
University of Nevada, Las VegasInfrastructureGeneral Scientific Infrastructure$250,000
Project seeks to enhance the teaching and research capabilities of the Nuclear Engineering Program at the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV). The project aims to acquire the NuScale Energy Exploration (E2) Center, a state-of-the-art full scope reactor simulator based on the NuScale small modular reactor (SMR).
University of Maryland, College ParkInfrastructureReactor Upgrades$1,465,001
University of Maryland, College Park will increase and restore the safety, operational availability, and experimental capabilities of the Maryland University Training Reactor. A complete overhaul of the Primary and Secondary Coolant Systems will enable the reactor to operate continuously at its full licensed power. The acquisition of a microbalance and fume hood will improve the sensitivities of the neutron activation analysis program.
Oregon State UniversityInfrastructureReactor Upgrades$416,405
Oregon State University will increase the reliability and safety of the operational condition of the Oregon State TRIGA® Reactor ventilation system. This upgrade will provide opportunity for continued safe use of the reactor in the areas of nuclear science and engineering research as well as material science.
Washington State UniversityInfrastructureReactor Upgrades$740,121
Wasington State University will enhance the continued operational reliability and efficiency of the WSU Nuclear Science Center 1.0 MW TRIGA conversion research reactor by replacing and simultaneously upgrading the research reactor cooling system secondary loop with equipment sized appropriately for heat removal and operation during summer heat.
The Ohio State UniversityInfrastructureReactor Upgrades$87,158
The Ohio State University Research Reactor will update replacement/spare custom facility components to enhance the institutions’ availability to perform R&D.
Missouri University of Science and TechnologyInfrastructureReactor Upgrades$25,865
Missouri University of Science and Technology will procure spare digital recorders for the MSTR control console, a new portal monitor, and a pool lighting system. These improvements will bolster facility safety and reliability.
Pennsylvania State UniversityInfrastructureReactor Upgrades$78,531
Pennsylvania State University will purchase two Alpha/Beta Continuous Air Monitors (Mirion iCAM) to replace the several decades old AMS-3 units, two new hand, cuff, and foot surface contamination monitors, one for reactor bay and the other in the new reactor beam hall exit area, a spare control rod servo drive and motor mechanism.
Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyInfrastructureReactor Upgrades$898,769
Massachusetts Institute of Technology will upgrade the reactor's area radiation monitor system to improve reactor safety, personnel safety and reactor radiological emergency preparedness by replacing and expanding the existing area radiation monitor system with updated technology and equipment.