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September 18, 2013
2013 Annual DOE-NE Materials Research Coordination Meeting

The Reactor Materials element of the Nuclear Energy Enabling Technologies (NEET) program conducted its FY 2013 coordination meeting as a series of four 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 programs. The presentations from the webinar series are available here.

September 18, 2013
Advanced Sensors and Instrumentation Annual Project Review 2013

The Advanced Sensors and Instrumentation (ASI) element of the Nuclear Energy Enabling Technologies (NEET) program conducted its first Annual Project Review Meeting on May 21-22, 2013 in Germantown, Maryland. The purpose of this meeting was to review the status of the 10 ASI projects initiated in FY 2012. The meeting summary and project presentations are available here.

September 15, 2013
Experimental and Modeling Investigation of Radionuclide Interaction and Transport in Representative Geologic Media

This work on the natural barrier system is conducted to reduce uncertainty in natural system performance and to fully exploit the credits that can be taken for the natural system barrier; several potential enhancements to describing barrier performance capabilities are presented.

September 9, 2013
Nuclear Energy Advanced Modeling and Simulation (NEAMS) Software Verification and Validation (V&V) Plan Requirements

The purpose of the Nuclear Energy Advanced Modeling and Simulation (NEAMS) Software Verification and Validation (V&V) Plan is to define what the NEAMS program expects in terms of V&V for the computational models that are developed under NEAMS.

August 30, 2013
Model for Simulation of Hydride Precipitation in Zr-Based Used Fuel Claddings: A Status Report on Current Model Capabilities

The report demonstrates a meso-scale, microstructural evolution model for simulation of zirconium hydride precipitation in the cladding of used fuels during long-term dry-storage.

August 30, 2013
Report on THMC Modeling of the Near Field Evolution of a Generic Clay Repository: Model Validation and Demonstration Rev 2

Shale and clay-rich rock formations have been considered as potential host rocks for geological disposal of high-level radioactive waste throughout the world: modeling thermal, hydrological, mechanical, and chemical (THMC) of the near field of generic clay repository is discussed.

August 14, 2013
Generic Deep Geologic Disposal Safety Case

The Generic Deep Geologic Disposal Safety Case presents generic information that is of use in understanding potential deep geologic disposal options (e.g., salt, shale, granite, deep borehole) in the U.S. for used nuclear fuel (UNF) from reactors and high-level radioactive waste (HLW).

August 13, 2013
International Nuclear Energy Research Initiative: 2012 Annual Report

Nuclear energy represents the single largest carbon-free baseload source of energy in the United States, accounting for nearly 20 percent of the electricity generated and over 60 percent of our low-carbon production. Worldwide, nuclear power generates 14 percent of global electricity. Continually increasing demand for clean energy both domestically and across the globe, combined with research designed to make nuclear power ever-safer and more cost-effective, will keep nuclear in the energy mix for the foreseeable future.

July 31, 2013

The scorecard includes news updates, regulatory status, reactor design certification, early site permits, new plant construction progress, and expected operation dates.

July 29, 2013
Establishing the Technical Basis for Disposal of Heat-generating Waste in Salt

The report summarizes available historic tests and the developed technical basis for disposal of heat-generating waste in salt, and the means by which a safety case for disposal of heat generating waste at a generic salt site can be initiated from the existing technical basis.

July 22, 2013
Nuclear Energy Advanced Modeling and Simulation (NEAMS) Program Plan

The NEAMS program plan includes information on the program vision, objective, scope, schedule and cost, management, development team and collaborations.

July 3, 2013
Excess Uranium Inventory Management Plan

The 2013 Excess Uranium Inventory Management Plan describes a framework for the effective management of the Energy Department’s surplus uranium inventory in support of meeting its critical environmental cleanup and national security missions.

June 30, 2013
Fuel Assembly Shaker Test for Determining Loads on a PWR Assembly under Surrogate Normal Conditions of Truck Transport R0.1

Results of testing employing surrogate instrumented rods (non-high-burnup, 17 x 17 PWR fuel assembly) to capture the response to the loadings experienced during normal conditions of transport indicate that strain- or stress-based failure of fuel rods seems unlikely; performance of high-burnup fuels continues to be assessed.

June 13, 2013

L’Enfant Plaza Hotel
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Washington, D.C. 20024

May 31, 2013
RD&D Study Plan for Advancement of Science and Engineering Supporting Geologic Disposal in Bedded Salt— March 2013 Workshop Outcomes

This report describes RD&D activities to support a safety case for disposal of heat generating radioactive waste (used nuclear fuel, high-level nuclear waste) in a generic bedded salt repository based on interactions from March, 2013 Workshop.

May 1, 2013
Quarterly Nuclear Power Deployment Scorecard - April 2013

The scorecard includes news updates, regulatory status, reactor design certification, early site permits, and new plant construction progress.

May 1, 2013
NEAMS Quarterly Report for January-March 2013

The Nuclear Energy Advanced Modeling and Simulation (NEAMS) quarterly report includes highlights, fuel and reactor product line accomplishments, recent and upcoming milestones, a technical spotlight on BISON fuel benchmarks, and a program spotlight on NE-KAMS.

April 30, 2013
Hydride Rim Formation in Unirradiated Zircaloy

The purpose of this work is to develop the means of pre-hydriding unirradiated Zircaloy cladding such that a high concentration, or rim, of hydrides is formed at the cladding outside diameter.

April 30, 2013
Viability of Existing INL Facilities for Dry Storage Cask Handling R1

This report evaluates existing capabilities at Idaho National Laboratory (INL) to determine if a practical and cost effective method could be developed for handling and opening full-sized dry storage casks in support of the U.S. Department of Energy's plan for confirmatory dry storage project for high burnup fuel.

April 30, 2013
LWRS Program and EPRI Long-Term Operations Program - Joint R&D Plan

To address the challenges associated with pursuing commercial nuclear power plant operations beyond 60 years, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Nuclear Energy (NE) and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) have established separate but complementary research and development programs: DOE-NE’s Light Water Reactor Sustainability (LWRS) Program and EPRI’s Long-Term Operations (LTO) Program.

April 30, 2013
Light Water Reactor Sustainability Program - Integrated Program Plan

The Light Water Reactor Sustainability (LWRS) Program is a research and development (R&D) program sponsored by the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE), performed in close collaboration and cooperation with related industry R&D programs.

April 11, 2013
Office of Nuclear Energy Fiscal Year 2014 Budget Request

The Office of Nuclear Energy (NE) supports the diverse civilian nuclear energy programs of the U.S. Government, leading Federal efforts to research and develop nuclear energy technologies, including generation, safety, waste storage and management, and security technologies, to help meet energy security, proliferation resistance, and climate goals.

April 1, 2013
Used Nuclear Fuel Loading and Structural Performance Under Normal Conditions of Transport - Modeling, Simulation and Experimental Integration RD&D Plan

Used nuclear fuel (UNF) must maintain its integrity during the storage period in such a way that it can withstand the physical forces of handling and transportation associated with restaging the fuel and transporting it to treatment or recycling facilities, or to a geologic repository.

March 15, 2013
Secretarial Determination Pursuant to USEC Privatization Act for the Sale or Transfer of Low-Enriched Uranium

Secretarial determination regarding the potential impacts of the transfer by DOE of up to 48 metric tons of low-enriched uranium to USEC Inc. in exchange for DOE receiving approximately 409 metric tons of uranium hexafluoride, the equivalent amount of natural uranium feed component, and the agreed-upon value resulting from the use of the approximately 299,000 separative work units of enrichment services, which will be retained by USEC, to fund a portion of DOE's cost share under the 2012 Cooperative Agreement between the DOE and USEC and the American Centrifuge Demonstration, LLC.

March 13, 2013
Before the Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, and Related Agencies- House Committee on Appropriations

Subject: FY 2013 Program Update
By: Peter Lyons, Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy