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January 4, 2016
MEETING MATERIALS: DECEMBER 11, 2015

Westin Crystal City
Crystal Ballroom V (Located on the Second Floor)
1800 Jefferson Davis Highway
Arlington, VA 22202

December 23, 2015
Invitation for Public Comment to Inform the Design of a Consent-Based Siting Process

As part of the consent-based siting initiative, the Department is requesting public input through an Invitation for Public Comment in the Federal Register.

December 18, 2015
Evaluation of Proposed Hampton Roads Area Sites for Using Small Modular Reactors to Support Federal Clean Energy Goals

Evaluation of Proposed Hampton Roads Area Sites for Using Small Modular Reactors to Support Federal Clean Energy Goals
ORNL/LTR-2014/155
April 2014

November 16, 2015
2015 Advanced Sensors and Instrumentation Webinar

The Nuclear Energy Enabling Technologies (NEET) Advanced Sensors and Instrumentation (ASI) program, in coordination with the Office of Nuclear Reactor Technologies and the Office of Fuel Cycle Technologies, conducted an Instrumentations and Controls (I&C) webinar on October 28-29, 2015. This webinar provided an opportunity to review the research and development being conducted in the areas of sensors, controls, communications, digital instrumentation, human-machine technologies, and related areas across the Office of Nuclear Energy (NE) and to promote greater coordination among the various NE R&D programs.
The meeting presentations are available here.

November 2, 2015
FY 2015 Advanced Methods for Manufacturing Program Review Meeting

The Advanced Methods for Manufacturing (AMM) program held its annual review meeting on September 29, 2015 in Arlington, Va. The purpose of this meeting was to review the 17 currently funded projects encompassing additive manufacturing, welding and joining technologies, concrete materials and rebar innovations, surface modification and cladding processes, and imaging techniques for design reconstruction. The presentations are available here.

October 28, 2015
2015 ANNUAL DOE-NE MATERIALS RESEARCH MEETING

The Reactor Materials element of the Nuclear Energy Enabling Technologies (NEET) program conducted its FY 2015 coordination meeting as a series of two web-conferences to act as a forum for the nuclear materials research community. The purpose of this meeting was to report on current and planned nuclear materials research, identify new areas of collaboration and promote greater coordination among the various Office of Nuclear Energy (NE) programs. Although each program has unique materials issues, there are opportunities to enhance coordination and collaboration. Other departmental programs such as the Offices of Science (Basic Energy Sciences and Fusion Energy), Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Fossil Energy, and other agencies such as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) also sponsor research in nuclear materials. Engagement with these organizations fosters new research partnerships, enhanced collaboration, and shared investment in research facilities. The presentations from this two part webinar series are available here.

Data, images, and conclusions should be considered preliminary and should not be reproduced or reused without written permission of the authors.

October 27, 2015
Quarterly Nuclear Deployment Scorecard - October 2015

News on Watts Bar 2 license, Calvert Cliffs and Callaway withdrawals.

September 30, 2015
Advanced Sensors and Instrumentation Newsletter - Issue 3

The Advanced Sensors and Instrumentation (ASI) newsletter includes information about new developments and achievements in the area of sensors, instrumentation and related technologies across the Office of Nuclear Energy R&D programs.

September 22, 2015
Application of Generic Disposal System Models

Two of the high priorities for UFDC disposal R&D are design concept development and disposal system modeling; these are directly addressed in the Generic Disposal Systems Analysis (GDSA) work.  This report describes specific GDSA activities during fiscal year 2015 toward the development of the enhanced disposal system modeling and analysis capability for geologic disposal of nuclear waste.  The GDSA framework employs the PFLOTRAN thermal-hydrologic-chemical multi-physics code and the Dakota uncertainty sampling and propagation code.

September 10, 2015
2015 Wall Street Perspectives on SMRs Update

2015 Wall Street Perspectives on SMRs Update
September 2015

September 4, 2015
FY2015 Status Report: CIRFT Testing of High-Burnup Used Nuclear Fuel Rods from Pressurized Water Reactor and BWR Environments

High-burnup spent nuclear fuel cladding has a significant amount of microcracks and hydrides which will reduce the stress intensity required for crack growth.  Characteristics of cladding, fuel pellets, and interface between cladding and fuel pellets are likely to change after high burnup; these material modifications may impact the structural integrity and vibration response of SNF rods in transport.  The research object is to develop a system for testing the response of high-burnup fuel rods under simulated loading conditions.  The report provides recent test results derived from the Cyc

August 28, 2015
Effects of Lower Drying-Storage Temperatures on the DBTT of High Burnup PWR Cladding

The purpose of the research effort is to determine the effects of canister and/or cask drying and storage on radial hydride precipitation in, and potential embrittlement of, high-burnup (HBU) pressurized water reactor cladding alloys during cooling for a range of storage temperatures and hoop stresses.

August 21, 2015
Disposal in Crystalline Rocks: FY’15 Progress Report

The objective of the Crystalline Disposal R&D Work Package is to advance our understanding of long-term disposal of used fuel in crystalline rocks and to develop necessary experimental and computational capabilities to evaluate various disposal concepts in such media.  The major accomplishments are summarized in the report: 1) Development of Fuel Matrix Degradation Model (FMDM), 2) Thermal limit study of clay materials, 3) Short-term (< 35 days) study of uranium sorption and diffusion in bentonite, 4) Long-term (6 years) study of uranium diffusion in bentonite, 5) Colloid stability

August 21, 2015
Status Report: Characterization of Weld Residual Stresses on Full Diameter SNF Interim Storage Canister Mockup

The goal of work described in this document is to assess the effects of the manufacturing process on canister performance by evaluating the properties of a full-diameter cylindrical mockup of an interim storage canister.  The mockup has been produced using the same manufacturing procedures as fielded spent nuclear fuel interim storage canisters.  The document describes the design and procurement of the mockup and the planned characterization work; it provides status of the project and sample preparation for different analysis, and results of initial stress (and stress corrosion cracking, S

August 11, 2015
2015 NEET Crosscutting Award Summaries

The Nuclear Energy Enabling Technologies Crosscutting Technology Development (NEET- CTD) Award Summaries describe the research achievements and planned accomplishments for ongoing projects under Reactor Materials, Advanced Sensors and Instrumentation, and Advanced Methods for Manufacturing sub-programs. These summaries will be updated annually, as needed.

August 6, 2015
Advanced Sensors and Instrumentation Newsletter - Issue 2

The Advanced Sensors and Instrumentation (ASI) newsletter includes information about new developments and achievements in the area of sensors, instrumentation and related technologies across the Office of Nuclear Energy R&D programs.

August 6, 2015
Advanced Methods for Manufacturing Newsletter - Issue 1

The Advanced Methods for Manufacturing (AMM) newsletter includes information about selected projects pertaining to additive manufacturing, concrete technologies, and welding innovations currently funded by the Department of Energy’s Office of Nuclear Energy.

August 6, 2015
Reactor Materials Newsletter - Issue 1

The Reactor Materials (RM) newsletter includes information about key nuclear materials programs, results from ongoing projects across the Office of Nuclear Energy, and other relevant information.

August 6, 2015
Advanced Sensors and Instrumentation Project Review Webinar 2014

The Nuclear Energy Enabling Technologies (NEET) Advanced Sensors and Instrumentation (ASI) program, in coordination with the Office of Nuclear Reactor Technologies and the Office of Fuel Cycle Technologies, conducted an Instrumentations and Controls (I&C) project review webinar on September 16-18, 2014.  The purpose of this webinar was to review the status of the I&C projects across the Office of Nuclear Energy and promote greater coordination among the various NE R&D programs.

The meeting presentations are available here:

August 5, 2015
Memorandum of Understanding between DOE and NASA concerning RPS for space missions

The purpose of this agreement is to delineate the authorities and responsibilities of the Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) (the parties) in the research, technology development, design, production, delivery, space vehicle integration, and launch phases with respect to certain radioisotope power systems, including Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generators (RTGs) and Radioisotope Heater Units (RHUs), and to establish an agreement pursuant to which DOE and NASA will perform certain functions and provide funds for certain portions of the unde

August 1, 2015
Start-up Plan for Plutonium-238 Production for Radioisotope Power System (Report to Congress - June 2010)

The Administration has requested the restart of plutonium‐238 (Pu‐238) production in fiscal year (FY) 2011. The following joint start‐up plan, consistent with the President's request, has been developed collaboratively between the Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and defines the roles and contributions of major users of Pu‐238 in response to Congressional request.

July 22, 2015
Quarterly Nuclear Deployment Scorecard - July 2015

News updates on Fermi 3, Watts Bar 2, and Calvert Cliffs 3