FY 2009 R&D Final Project Reports


Next Generation Nuclear Plant (NGNP)/Generation IV Nuclear Systems

NEUP Project 09-764: An Innovative and Advanced Coupled Neutron Transport and Thermal Hydraulic Method (Tool) for the Design, Analysis and Optimization of VHTR/NGNP Prismatic Reactors
Lead PI: F. Rahnema, Georgia Institute of Technology

NEUP Project 09-765: ALD Coatings on Gd2O3 Burnable Poison Nanoparticles and Carbonaceous TRISO Coating Layers
Lead PI: A. Weimer, University of Colorado, Boulder

NEUP Project 09-768: Corrosion and Creep of Candidate Alloys in High Temperature Helium and Steam Environments for the NGNP
Lead PI: G. Was, University of Michigan

NEUP Project 09-771: Creation of Full-Core HTR Benchmark with the Fort St. Vrain Initial Core and Assessment of Uncertainties in the FSV Fuel Composition and Geometry
Lead PI: W.R. Martin, University of Michigan

NEUP Project 09-777: Liquid Salt Heat Exchanger Technology for VHTR Based Applications
Lead PI: M. Anderson, University of Wisconsin-Madison

NEUP Project 09-778: Materials, Turbomachinery and Heat Exchangers for Supercritical CO2 Systems
Lead PI: M. Anderson, University of Wisconsin-Madison

NEUP Project 09-781: Experimental Studies of NGNP Reactor Cavity Cooling Systems with Water
Lead PI: M. Corradini, University of Wisconsin-Madison

NEUP Project 09-784: Investigation of Countercurrent Helium-Air Flows in Air-Ingress Accidents for VHTRs
Lead PI: X. Sun, The Ohio State University

NEUP Project 09-785: Assessment of Embrittlement of VHTR Structural Alloys in Impure Helium Environments
Lead PI: W. Crone, University of Wisconsin, Madison

NEUP Project 09-788: Modeling Fission Product Sorption in Graphite Structures
Lead PI: I. Szlufarska, University of Wisconsin, Madison

NEUP Project 09-794: Irradiation Creep in Graphite
Lead PI: R. Ubic, Boise State University

NEUP Project 09-798: Verification & Validation of High-Order Short-Characteristics-Based Deterministic Transport Methodology on Unstructured Grids
Lead PI: Y. Azmy, North Carolina State University

NEUP Project 09-799: Effect of Post-Weld Heat Treatment on Creep Rupture Properties of Grade 91 Steel Heavy Section Welds
Lead PI: L. Li, Utah State University

NEUP Project 09-801: Tritium Sequestration in Gen IV NGNP Gas Stream via Proton Conducting Ceramic Pumps
Lead PI: F. Chen, University of South Carolina

NEUP Project 09-803: Identifying and Understanding Environment-Induced Crack Propagation Behavior in Solid Strengthened Ni-Based Superalloys
Lead PI: L. Ma, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

NEUP Project 09-807: Verification of the CENTRM Module for Adaptation of the SCALE Code to NGNP Prismatic and PBR Core Designs
Lead PI: B. Ganapol, University of Arizona

NEUP Project 09-812: Multi-Scale Multi-Physics Methods Development for the Calculation of Hot-Spots in the NGNP
Lead PI: T. Downar, University of Michigan

NEUP Project 09-826: Understanding Fundamental Material Degradation Processes in High Temperature Aggressive Chemomechanical Environments
Lead PI: J. Stubbins, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

NEUP Project 09-830: Graphite Oxidation Simulation in HTR Accident Conditions
Lead PI: M. El-Genk, University of New Mexico

NEUP Project 09-831: Non-Destructive Thermal Analysis and In Situ Investigation of Creep Mechanism of Graphite and Ceramic Composites Using Phase-Sensitive THz Imaging & Nonlinear Resonant Ultrasonic Spectroscopy
Lead PI: X. Zhang, University of Rochester

NEUP Project 09-833: Millimeter-Wave Thermal Analysis Development and Application to GEN IV Reactor Materials
Lead PI: P. Woskov, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

NEUP Project 09-835: Prediction and Monitoring Systems of Creep-Fracture Behavior of 9Cr-1Mo Steels for Reactor Pressure Vessels
Lead PI: G. Potirniche, University of Idaho

NEUP Project 09-838: Modeling Stress Strain Relationships and Predicting Failure Probabilities for Graphite Core Components
Lead PI: S. Duffy, Cleveland State University

NEUP Project 09-840: Investigation on the Core Bypass Flow in a Very High Temperature Reactor
Lead PI: Y. Hassan, Texas A&M University

NEUP Project 09-841: Study of Air Ingress Across the Duct During the Accident Conditions
Lead PI: Y. Hassan, Texas A&M University

Investigator Initiated Research (IIR)

NEUP Project 09-766: Improved LWR Cladding Performance by EPD Surface Modification Technique
Lead PI: M. Corradini, University of Wisconsin, Madison

NEUP Project 09-769: Maximum Fuel Utilization in Fast Reactors Without Chemical Reprocessing
Lead PI: E. Greenspan, University of California, Berkeley

NEUP Project 09-773: Developing a High Thermal Conductivity Fuel with Silicon Carbide Additives
Lead PI: R. Baney, University of Florida

NEUP Project 09-775: Fabrication of Tungsten-Rhenium Cladding Materials via Spark Plasma Sintering for Ultra High Temperature Reactor Applications
Lead PI: I. Charit, University of Idaho

NEUP Project 09-802: Improved Fission Neutron Data Base for Active Interrogation of Actinides
Lead PI: S. Pozzi, University of Michigan

NEUP Project 09-805: Ionic Liquid and Supercritical Fluid Hyphenated Techniques for Dissolution and Separation of Lanthanides, Actinides, and Fission Products
Lead PI: C. Wai, University of Idaho

NEUP Project 09-823: Atomistic Calculations of the Effect of Minor Actinides on Thermodynamic and Kinetic Properties of UO2±x
Lead PI: C. Deo, Georgia Institute of Technology

NEUP Project 09-824: Utilization of Methacrylates and Polymer Matrices for the Synthesis of Ion Specific Resins
Lead PI: K. Czerwinski, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Advanced Fuel Cycle Initiative (AFCI)

NEUP Project 09-779: Development of Diffusion Barrier Coatings and Deposition Technologies for Mitigating Fuel Cladding Chemical Interactions (FCCI)
Lead PI: K. Sridharan, University of Wisconsin-Madison

NEUP Project 09-780: Thermal Properties of LiCl-KCl Molten Salt for Nuclear Waste Separation
Lead PI: K. Sridharan, University of Wisconsin, Madison

NEUP Project 09-786: Advanced Mesh-Enabled Monte Carlo Capability for Multi-Physics Reactor Analysis
Lead PI: P. Wilson, University of Wisconsin, Madison

NEUP Project 09-787: Ab Initio Enhanced Calphad Modeling of Actinide Rich Nuclear Fuels
Lead PI: D. Morgan, University of Wisconsin, Madison

NEUP Project 09-791: Sharp Interface Tracking in Rotating Microflows of Solvent Extraction
Lead PI: J. Glimm, Stony Brook University

NEUP Project 09-800: Thermodynamic Development of Corrosion Rate Modeling in Iron Phosphate Glasses
Lead PI: M.E. Schlesinger and R.K. Brow, Missouri University of Science and Technology

NEUP Project 09-806: Fundamental Understanding of Ambient and High-Temperature Plasticity Phenomena in Structural Materials in Advanced Reactors
Lead PI: C. Deo, Georgia Institute of Technology

NEUP Project 09-809: Simulations of the Thermodynamic and Diffusion Properties of Actinide Oxide Fuel Materials
Lead PI: U. Becker, University of Michigan

NEUP Project 09-811: Heterogeneous Recycling in Fast Reactors
Lead PI: B. Forget, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

NEUP Project 09-814: Bulk Nanostructured FCC Steels with Enhanced Radiation Tolerance
Lead PI: X. Zhang, Texas A&M University

NEUP Project 09-818: Simulations of Failure via Three-Dimensional Cracking in Fuel Cladding for Advanced Nuclear Fuels
Lead PI: H. Lu, University of Texas, Dallas

NEUP Project 09-820: Quantification of UV-Visible and Laser Spectroscopic Techniques for Materials Accountability and Process Control
Lead PI: K. Czerwinski, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

NEUP Project 09-821: Development of Alternative Technetium Waste Forms
Lead PI: K. Czerwinski, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

NEUP Project 09-842: SiC Schottky Diode Detectors for Measurement of Actinide Concentrations from Alpha Activities in Molten Salt Electrolyte
Lead PI: W. Windl, The Ohio State University

Light Water Reactor Sustainability (LWRS)

NEUP Project 09-834: Advanced Models of LWR Pressure Vessel Embrittlement for Low Flux-High Fluence Conditions
Lead PI: G.R. Odette, University of California, Santa Barbara