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2012 NEUP R&D Workscopes

Separations and Waste Forms (FC-1) – The separations and waste forms campaign develops the next generation of fuel cycle and waste management technologies that enable a sustainable fuel cycle, with minimal processing, waste generation, and potential for material diversion.

Fuel Cycle R&D (MS-FC) – Game-changing, innovative ideas will play an important role in developing revolutionary fuel cycle concepts of the future.

Advanced Concepts (SMR-1) – SMR concepts offer the opportunity to expand nuclear energy to a broader range of customers and energy-intensive applications, including base-load electricity for remote communities or dedicated facilities, dispatchable electricity to stabilize local grids with high renewable fractions, process heat applications, etc.

Advanced Technologies and Analysis Methods (SMR-2) – Advanced technologies can enable new SMR concepts and designs to achieve even greater levels of safety and resilience, flexibility of use, sustainability and construction or operational affordability.

Reactor Concepts RD&D (MS-RC1) – Identification, investigation and development of revolutionary transformational advanced reactor system concepts having the potential to significantly improve performance in sustainability, safety, economics, performance, security or proliferation resistance. 

Space and Defense RD&D – Radioisotope Thermal Generator (RTG) Technologies (MS-RC2) – Space and Defense Power Systems program has designed, developed, built and delivered radioisotope thermal generators (RTG) for space and terrestrial applications for over fifty years.

Structural materials (and nuclear fuels) for future generation nuclear reactors (NEAMS-1) –  Degradation of structural components (and fuels) under the harsh operating environment of a nuclear power plant are important challenges for future generation nuclear power plants, as well as for the current reactor fleet. 

Model and method development to support current and future generation nuclear reactor performance and safety analyses (NEAMS-2) – Concepts have been identified for future generation nuclear power plants that take advantage of safety phenomenon that are inherent to the design and do not rely on active engineering systems in order to function. 

Development of phenomena-based methodology for uncertainty quantification (NEAMS-3) – To promote quantitative confidence in the results, explicit consideration of verification of simulation codes, validation of models for an intended application, and quantitative assessment of physical and computational uncertainties (VVUQ) are expected elements of all computational and experimental work proposed under this call.