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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.

October 30, 2013
Lesson 4 - Ionizing Radiation

Lesson Three showed that unstable isotopes emit energy as they become more stable. This energy is known as radiation. This lesson explores forms of radiation, where radiation is found, how we detect and measure radiation, what sources of radiation people are exposed to, whether radiation is harmful, and how we can limit our exposure.

October 30, 2013
Lesson 3 - Atoms and Isotopes

You’ve probably heard people refer to nuclear energy as “atomic energy.” Why? Nuclear energy is the energy that is stored in the bonds of atoms, inside the nucleus. Nuclear power plants are designed to capture this energy as heat and convert it to electricity. This lesson looks closely at what atoms are and how atoms store energy.

October 30, 2013
Lesson 2 - Electricity Basics

It’s difficult to imagine life without convenient electricity. You just flip a switch or plug in an appliance, and it’s there. But how did it get there? Many steps go into providing the reliable electricity we take for granted. This lesson takes a closer look at electricity. It follows the path of electricity from the fuel source to the home, including the power plant and the electric power grid. It also covers the role of electric utilities in the generation, transmission, and distribution of electricity.

October 30, 2013
Lesson 1 - Energy Basics

This lesson covers the states and forms of energy, where energy comes from, as well as how the way we live is tied to our energy supply and what that means for the future.

October 25, 2013
Deep Borehole Disposal Research: Demonstration Site Selection Guidelines, Borehole Seals Design, and RD&D Needs

Deep borehole disposal is one alternative for the disposal of spent nuclear fuel and other radioactive waste forms; identifying a site or areas with favorable geological, hydrogeological, and geochemical conditions is one of the first steps to a demonstration project.

October 17, 2013
Used Fuel Degradation: Experimental and Modeling Report

The report describes the strategy for coupling process level models to produce an integrated Used Fuel Degradation Model (FDM), and addresses fractional degradation rate, instant release fractions, other continuum modeling approaches, and experimental support.

September 30, 2013
Data Report on Corrosion Testing of Stainless Steel SNF Storage Canisters

The report assesses the localized corrosion performance of container/cask materials used in the interim storage of used nuclear fuel.

September 30, 2013
Coupled Model for Heat and Water Transport in a High Level Waste Repository in Salt

This report summarizes efforts to simulate coupled thermal-hydrological-chemical (THC) processes occurring within a generic hypothetical high-level waste (HLW) repository in bedded salt.

September 30, 2013
Embrittlement and DBTT of High-Burnup PWR Fuel Cladding Alloys

Structural analyses of high-burnup (HBU) fuel require cladding mechanical properties and failure limits to assess fuel behavior during long-term dry-cask storage and transportation.

September 30, 2013
Used Nuclear Fuel Loading and Structural Performance Under Normal Conditions of Transport – Demonstration of Approach and Results of Used Fuel Performance Characterization

This report provides results of the initial demonstration of the modeling capability developed to perform preliminary deterministic evaluations of moderate-to-high burnup used nuclear fuel (UNF) mechanical performance under normal conditions of storage (NCS) and transport (NCT).

September 30, 2013
FY 2013 Summary Report: Post-Irradiation Examination of Zircaloy-4 Samples in Target Capsules and Initiation of Bending Fatigue Testing for Used Nuclear Fuel Vibration Integrity Investigations

This study contributes to investigation and better understanding of cladding (High Flux Isotope Reactor used to simulate the effects of high burnup on fuel cladding) materials performance in extended storage and transportation through the conduct of small scale and separate effects tests (SET).

September 27, 2013
EBS Model Development and Evaluation Report

Enginerred Barrier Systems (EBS) model evaluation and development is fundamental to the design and analysis of disposal concepts for generic repository systems; this report centers on progress made on modeling and experimental approaches to analyze physical and chemical interactions affecting clay barrier performance.

September 25, 2013
Brine Migration Experimental Studies for Salt Repositories

Experiments were used to examine water content in Permian salt samples including impact of variation in thermal regime on water content of evaporites and other mineral species, behavior of brine inclusions in salt, and evolution of the gas/liquid brine/salt system.

September 20, 2013
Nuclear Science and Engineering Education Sourcebook

The Nuclear Science and Engineering Education Sourcebook is a repository of critial information on nuclear engineering programs at U.S. colleges and universities. It includes detailed information such as nuclear engineering enrollments, degrees, and faculty expertise. In this latest edition, science faculty and programs relevant to nuclear energy are also included.

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.