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April 1, 2014
Agreement between the U.S. Department of Energy and the Czech Ministry of Industry and Trade for Cooperation in Civilian Nuclear Energy Research & Development

The DOE-MOIT R&D agreement establishes a legal framework for comprehensive cooperation between the U.S. DOE and the Czech MOIT on civilian nuclear energy R&D.

February 27, 2014
High Burnup Dry Storage Cask Research and Development Project: Final Test Plan

This Test Plan for the High Burnup Dry Storage Research Project (HDRP) outlines the data to be collected, the high burnup fuel to be included, and the storage system design, procedures, and licensing necessary for implementation.

February 11, 2014
Investing in the next generation: The Office of Nuclear Energy Issues Requests for Scholarship and Fellowship Applications.

Today, the Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Nuclear Energy (NE) announced two new Requests for Applications (RFAs) for the Integrated University Program (IUP).

January 31, 2014
Modeling Fluid Flow in Natural Systems, Model Validation and Demonstration

Clay and granitic units are potential host media for future repositories for used nuclear fuel. The report addresses the representation and characterization of flow in these two media within numerical process models.  In low permeability crystalline rock, flow is primarily in relatively sparse networks of fractures.

January 31, 2014
NEAMS Quarterly Report for July-September 2013

The Nuclear Energy Advanced Modeling and Simulation (NEAMS) quarterly report includes highlights, fuel and reactor product line accomplishments, recent and upcoming milestones, BISON 1.0 release, MARMOT and SHARP news, fuel benchmarks, MeshKit 1.0 release, and information on neutronics and thermal hydraulics teams accomplishments.

January 30, 2014
Regional Geology: GIS Database for Alternative Host Rocks and Potential Siting Guidelines

The objective of this work is to develop a spatial database that integrates both geologic data for alternative host-rock formations and information that has been historically used for siting guidelines, both in the US and other countries.  The Used Fuel Disposition Campaign (UFDC) is considering three alternative geologic host rocks for mined repositories (granitic / crystalline, salt, and clay / shale) and crystalline basement rock for deep borehole disposal.  This report documents progress in populating a GIS Database with information concerning the distribution of alternative host rock

January 24, 2014
NEUP Update - January 2014

The newsletter features a recent meeting between Dr. Pete Lyons and current fellowship awardees, a highlight of Rita Patel, a FY 2012 fellowship recipient, and an update on a Fuel Cycle project studying high temperature sorption behaviors, led by Brian Powell at Clemson, along with other program updates.

January 1, 2014
Quarterly Nuclear Deployment Scorecard - January 2014

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

December 30, 2013
International Collaborations on Engineered Barrier Systems: Experimental and Modeling Investigations

International research collaborations on deep geological disposition of nuclear waste are a key aspect of the nation’s strategy to investigate disposal design concepts in geologic settings considered by other countries.  This report centers on results obtained on THM simulations, reactive transport model development, and engineered barrier system (EBS) material characterization studies.

December 19, 2013
MEETING MATERIALS: DECEMBER 19, 2013

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December 9, 2013
Natural System Evaluation and Tool Development: International Collaborations – FY’13 Progress Report

Active participation in international R&D is crucial for achieving the Used Nuclear Fuel Disposition long-term goals of conducting experiments to fill data needs and confirm advanced modeling approaches and of having a robust modeling and experimental basis for evaluation of multiple disposal system options.

December 4, 2013
Preliminary Report on Dual-Purpose Canister Disposal Alternatives (FY13)

This report documents the first phase of a multi-year project to understand the technical feasibility and logistical implications of direct disposal of spent nuclear fuel in existing dual-purpose canisters (DPCs) and other types of storage casks.

November 27, 2013
Enhancements to Generic Disposal System Modeling Capabilities Rev2

Contributions are described for the development of an enhanced generic disposal system modeling and analysis capability that takes advantage of high-performance computing (HPC) environments to simulate the important multi-physics phenomena and couplings associated with a geologic repository for UNF and HLW.

October 31, 2013
FY 2014 Consolidated Innovative Nuclear Research FOA

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) addresses the competitive portion of NE’s R&D portfolio as executed through the Nuclear Energy University Programs (NEUP) and Nuclear Energy Enabling Technologies Crosscutting Technology Development (NEET CTD). NEUP utilizes up to 20 percent of funds appropriated to NE’s R&D program for university-based infrastructure support and R&D in key NE program-related areas: Fuel Cycle Research and Development (FCR&D), Reactor Concepts Research, Development and Demonstration (RCRD&D), and Nuclear Energy Advanced Modeling and Simulation (NEAMS). NEET CTD supports national laboratory, university and industry led crosscutting research in the areas of reactor materials, advanced sensors and instrumentation, and advanced methods for manufacturing.

October 31, 2013
FY 2014 Scientific Infrastructure Support for Consolidated Innovative Nuclear Research FOA

The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Nuclear Energy (NE) conducts crosscutting nuclear energy research and development (R&D) and associated infrastructure support activities to develop innovative technologies that offer the promise of dramatically improved performance for advanced reactors and fuel cycle concepts while maximizing the impact of DOE resources.

October 31, 2013
Quarterly Nuclear Deployment Scorecard - October 2013

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

October 30, 2013
NEAMS Quarterly Report April-June 2013

The Nuclear Energy Advanced Modeling and Simulation (NEAMS) quarterly report includes highlights, fuel and reactor product line accomplishments, recent and upcoming milestones, news on BISON fuel benchmarks, the latest MeshKit release features, and information on numerical simulations of pebble-bed reactor cores performed by the thermal hydraulics team.

October 30, 2013
Fermi Feud

Enrico Fermi was the first scientist to achieve a nuclear fission chain reaction when he and a group of young scientists were experimenting at the University of Chicago on December 2, 1942. Using a “Jeopardy” format, this game features energy, electricity and nuclear science answers and questions.

October 30, 2013
The Harnessed Atom - Teachers' Edition

The Harnessed Atom is a middle school science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) curriculum extension that focuses on nuclear science and energy. It is designed to provide students with accurate, unbiased, and up-to-date information on the roles that energy and nuclear science play in our lives. The curriculum includes essential principles and fundamental concepts of energy science.

October 30, 2013
The Harnessed Atom - Student Edition

The Harnessed Atom is a middle school science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) curriculum extension that focuses on nuclear science and energy. It is designed to provide students with accurate, unbiased, and up-to-date information on the roles that energy and nuclear science play in our lives. The curriculum includes essential principles and fundamental concepts of energy science.

October 30, 2013
Lesson 9 - Energy and You

The United States depends on a plentiful supply of energy that is available at affordable prices. Why does that matter to you? Energy costs affect your family, your community, and the businesses around you all the time. When you enter the job market, your fresh ideas on clean energy sources, fuel efficiency, and new technologies can keep America the leader in energy innovation and production. This lesson covers what you need to know about energy decision-making.

October 30, 2013
Lesson 8 - Concerns

Nuclear energy is one of our three largest sources of electricity. It is important for us to make sure nuclear power plants are safe and reliable. In decisions to build and operate a nuclear power plant, safety and security are essential concerns. Learning from past accidents, understanding this energy source, and protecting against risk are important in our energy mix. This lesson covers concerns that people have about nuclear power plants.

October 30, 2013
Lesson 7 - Waste from Nuclear Power Plants

This lesson takes a look at the waste from electricity production at nuclear power plants. It considers the different types of waste generated, as well as how we deal with each type of waste.

October 30, 2013
Lesson 6 - Atoms to Electricity

Most power plants make electricity by boiling water to make steam that turns a turbine. A nuclear power plant works this way, too. At a nuclear power plant, splitting atoms produce the heat to boil the water. This lesson covers inside the reactor, fission control and electricity generation.

October 30, 2013
Lesson 5 - Fission and Chain Reactions

Lesson Four showed how the nuclei of atoms store energy and how unstable atoms decay and release energy. How do nuclear engineers use this knowledge to help them harness energy to make electricity? The answer lies in being able to start a nuclear chain reaction in fuel inside a nuclear power plant and keep it going. This lesson examines nuclear reactions called fission as well as how uranium is processed from ore to fuel.