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December 19, 2014
Advance Reactor Concepts Technical Review Panel Public Report

The Office of Nuclear Energy supports research and development for advanced reactor technologies. This report documents the results of the 2014 Technical Review Panel (TRP) review of seven advanced reactor concepts. The intent of the process was to identify R&D needs for advanced reactor concepts in order to inform Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Nuclear Energy R&D investment decisions.

November 25, 2014
Advanced Sensors and Instrumentation Newsletter

The Advanced Sensors and Instrumentation (ASI) newsletter will be released periodically to inform program stakeholders about new developments and achievements in the area of sensors, instrumentation and related technologies across the Office of Nuclear Energy (NE) R&D programs.

November 7, 2014
NEAMS Quarterly Report for April-June 2014

The Nuclear Energy Advanced Modeling and Simulation (NEAMS) quarterly report includes updates, highlights, fuels and reactors product line accomplishments, integration accomplishments, recent and upcoming milestones.

October 31, 2014
Quarterly Nuclear Deployment Scorecard - October 2014

News Updates
 The NRC has approved a final rule on the continued storage of spent fuel and has lifted a two year suspension on final licensing actions on plant licenses and license renewals. The rule incorporates a Generic Environmental Impact Statement that can be referenced by the environmental reviews for site licenses.

October 22, 2014
Assessment of Disposal Options for DOE-Managed High-Level Radioactive Waste and Spent Nuclear Fuel

The Assessment of Disposal Options for DOE-Managed High-Level Radioactive Waste and Spent Nuclear Fuel report assesses the technical options for the safe and permanent disposal of high-level radioactive waste (HLW) and spent nuclear fuel (SNF) managed by the Department of Energy. Specifically, it considers whether DOE-managed HLW and SNF should be disposed of with commercial SNF and HLW in one geologic repository or whether there are advantages to developing separate geologic disposal pathways for some DOE-managed HLW and SNF. The report recommends that the Department begin implementation of a phased, adaptive, and consent-based strategy with development of a separate mined repository for some DOE-managed HLW and cooler DOE-managed SNF.

October 1, 2014
Preliminary Evaluation of Removing Used Nuclear Fuel From Shutdown Sites

In January 2013, the Department of Energy issued the Strategy for the Management and Disposal of Used Nuclear Fuel and High-Level Radioactive Waste. Among the elements contained in this strategy is an initial focus on accepting used nuclear fuel from shutdown reactor sites.

September 26, 2014
Results of Stainless Steel Canister Corrosion Studies and Environmental Sample Investigations.

This report documents experimental work evaluating localized corrosion of container and canister materials performed at Sandia National Laboratories. The report also documents the results of analyses of the dust samples collected by the EPRI-led in-service inspections of dry storage canisters at existing ISFSIs (Hope Creek NJ, and Diablo Canyon CA). 

September 26, 2014
Used Fuel Disposal in Crystalline Rocks: Status and FY14 Progress

The objective of the Crystalline Disposal R&D work 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 during the year include: 1)  R&D plan was developed for used fuel disposal in crystalline rocks; 2)  established  a generic reference case for crystalline disposal media; 3) developed and applied THMC models to the analysis of coupled EBS processes in bentonite-backfilled repositories; 4) examined t

September 26, 2014
FY14 Status Report: CIRFT Testing Results on High Burnup UNF

This report provides a status of the performance of a systematic study of used nuclear fuel (UNF, also known as “spent nuclear fuel” [SNF]) integrity under simulated transportation environments using the Cyclic Integrated Reversible-Bending Fatigue Tester (CIRFT) hot-cell testing technology developed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in August 2013. Under Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) sponsorship, ORNL completed four benchmark tests, four static tests, and twelve dynamic or cycle tests on H. B. Robinson (HBR) high burn-up (HBU) fuel.

September 26, 2014
Effects of Multiple Drying Cycles on HBU PWR Cladding Alloys

The purpose of this research effort is to determine the effects of canister/cask vacuum drying and storage on radial hydride precipitation in high‐burnup (HBU) pressurized water reactor (PWR) cladding alloys during cooling for a range of peak drying‐storage temperatures, internal gas pressures, and hoop stresses. The HBU PWR cladding alloys have a wide range of hydrogen contents and varying hydride morphology after in‐reactor service.

September 26, 2014
International Collaboration Activities in Different Geologic Disposal Environments

This report describes the current status of international collaboration regarding geologic disposal research in the Used Fuel Disposition (UFD) Campaign.  To date, UFD’s International Disposal R&D Program has established formal collaboration agreements with five international initiatives and several international partners, and has started several specific collaborative R&D activities.  These international activities include testing and modeling studies and address the following key research areas:  Near-Field Perturbation, Engineered Barrier Integrity,  Radionuclide Transport, and

September 25, 2014
Summary Results for Brine Migration Modeling Performed by LANL, LBNL and SNL for the Used Fuel Disposition Program

The report summarizes laboratory and field observations and numerical modeling related to coupled

September 24, 2014
Database for Regional Geology, Phase 1– A Tool for informing Regional Evaluations of Alternative Geologic Media and Decision Making

The report describes implementation and planning of websites that allow visualization or manipulation of data in the UFD GIS Database; e.g., the distribution of crystalline rock, basement depth, and salt and shale formations within the contiguous United States, and visualizations of the relationships between geologic media and selected natural and cultural features pertaining to potential siting guidelines for repository siting.

August 30, 2014
Documentation of Hybrid Hydride Model for Incorporation into Moose-Bison and Validation Strategy

This report documents the development, demonstration and validation of a mesoscale, microstructural evolution model for simulation of zirconium hydride d-ZrH1.5 precipitation in the cladding of used nuclear fuels that may occur during long-term dry storage.  The precipitation and growth of zirconium hydrides during dry storage is one of the most likely fuel rod integrity failure mechanisms either by embrittlement or delayed hydride cracking of the cladding.  The model being documented in this work is a computational capability for the prediction of hydride formation in different claddings

August 29, 2014
Normal Conditions of Transport Truck Test of a Surrogate Fuel Assembly

This report describes a test of an instrumented surrogate PWR fuel assembly on a truck trailer conducted to simulate normal conditions of truck transport.   The purpose of the test was to measure strains and accelerations on a Zircaloy-4 fuel rod during the transport of the assembly on the truck. This test complements tests conducted in FY13 in which the same assembly was placed on a shaker and subjected to vertical vibrations and shocks simulating truck transport.  The strains measured on the instrumented Zircaloy-4 rod over a 40.2 mile route never exceeded 150 μin./in.

August 29, 2014
Evaluation Of Used Fuel Disposition In Clay-Bearing Rock

Radioactive waste disposal in shale/argillite rock formations has been widely considered given its desirable isolation properties, e.g., low permeability, potential geochemically reduced conditions, anomalous groundwater pressures, and widespread geologic occurrence.

August 22, 2014
Waste Form Degradation Model Integration for Engineered Materials Performance

The collaborative approach to the glass and metallic waste form degradation modeling activities includes process model development (including first-principles approaches) and model integration—both internally among developed process models and between developed process models and PA models, and cross campaign integration between activities in the Used Fuel Disposition (UFD) Campaign and the Separations (to be Materials Recovery) and Waste Forms (SWF=>MRWF) Campaign.  Experimental work is conducted within the UNFD area and results are utilized in development efforts.  The primary outputs

August 15, 2014
Investigations of Dual-Purpose Canister Direct Disposal Feasibility (FY14) R1

Results continue to support the earlier conclusion that direct disposal of DPCs is technically feasible, at least for some DPCs, and for some disposal concepts (geologic host media).

August 5, 2014
NEAMS Quarterly Report for January-March 2014

The Nuclear Energy Advanced Modeling and Simulation (NEAMS) quarterly report includes updates, highlights, fuels and reactors product line accomplishments, integration accomplishments, recent and upcoming milestones.

July 31, 2014
Quarterly Nuclear Deployment Scorecard - July 2014

Includes an update on the South Texas Project and construction updates on V.C. Summer, Vogtle, and Watts Bar 2.

May 31, 2014
Electricity Generating Portfolios with Small Modular Reactors

A paper by Geoffrey Rothwell, Ph.D., Stanford University (retired), and Francesco Ganda, Ph.D., Argonne National Laboratory on "Electricity Generating Portfolios with Small Modular Reactors".

May 28, 2014

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May 15, 2014
Secretarial Determination of No Adverse Material Impact for Uranium Transfers

The determination covers the Department’s sales or transfers of no more than 2,705 metric tons (MTU) of natural uranium (NU) or NU equivalent in a calendar year.  The proposed transfers include up to 650 MTU per year by the National Nuclear Security Administration in support of highly enriched uranium down blending activities, with the remainder of up to 2,705 MTU per year supporting accelerated cleanup activities by the Office of Environmental Management.

April 30, 2014
Quarterly Nuclear Deployment Scorecard - April 2014

Update on Vogtle Loan Guarantee. V.C. Summer and Vogtle construction status.

April 25, 2014
2014 Review of the Potential Impact of DOE Excess Uranium Inventory On the Commercial Markets

Energy Resources International (ERI), Inc conducted this independent market impact analysis on DOE planned uranium sales and transfers during the period 2014 to 2033, based on information concerning quantities and schedules provided to ERI by DOE.