The NSUF Awards 33 Rapid Turnaround Experiment Research Proposals

U.S. Department of Energy Nuclear Science User Facilities Awards 33 Rapid Turnaround Experiment Research Proposals

 

IDAHO FALLS -- The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Nuclear Science User Facilities (NSUF) has selected 33 new Rapid Turnaround Experiment (RTE) projects, totaling up to approximately $1.5 million. These projects will continue to advance the understanding of irradiation effects in nuclear fuels and materials in support of the mission of the DOE Office of Nuclear Energy.

 

The NSUF, first established at Idaho National Laboratory (INL), is the nation's only user facility overseen by the Office of Nuclear Energy. The NSUF provides research teams with access to reactor, post-irradiation examination, high-performance computing, and beamline capabilities at a diverse mix of affiliated partner facilities in university, national laboratory, and industry institutions across the country at no cost to the user.

 

The NSUF competitively selected the 33 RTE projects from high-quality proposals submitted during the solicitation period. Each proposal was evaluated based on a variety of factors including feasibility, mission relevance, and scientific-technical merit.

 

RTE project research teams include 19 Principal Investigators (PIs) from universities, 10 from national laboratories, three from foreign institutions (two from the UK and one from Italy), and one from industry who will work with the NSUF on their proposed experiments.

The newly awarded RTE projects are: 

Principal Investigator (PI)

PI Institution

Proposal Title

NSUF Partner Institution

and Facility

Athanasia Tzelepi

National Nuclear Laboratory

Electron tomography characterisation of porosity in IG-110 and NBG-17 nuclear graphite grades

Oak Ridge National Laboratory -- Low Activation Materials Development and Analysis (LAMDA)

Ben Eftink

Los Alamos National Laboratory

Study on defect evolution and stability of Y-Ti-O nano-oxides in 14YWT alloys under heavy ion irradiation

Argonne National Laboratory -- Intermediate Voltage Electron Microscope Tandem Facility

Casey McKinney

University of Florida

EPMA characterization of actinide redistribution and fission product composition in MOX fuels

Idaho National Laboratory -- Materials and Fuels Complex

Christian Petrie

Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Active irradiation testing of temperature sensing capability of clad sapphire optical fibers with Type 2 Bragg Gratings using optical backscatter reflectometry

The Ohio State University -- The Ohio State University Research Reactor Laboratory

Dalong Zhang

Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Effects of welding on radiation enhanced precipitation in FeCrAl alloys

Center for Advanced Energy Studies -- Microscopy and Characterization Suite

David Frazer

University of California,  Berkeley

High temperature in situ small-scale mechanical testing of fast reactor mixed oxide (MOX) pins.

Idaho National Laboratory -- Materials and Fuels Complex

Dong Liu

University of Oxford

In situ study of the irradiation anisotropy in fine grain nuclear-grade graphite

Argonne National Laboratory -- Intermediate Voltage Electron Microscope Tandem Facility

Elizabeth Getto

United States Naval Academy

Microstructural characterization of radiation tolerance of advanced joining techniques for oxide dispersion strengthened steels under ion irradiation

Center for Advanced Energy Studies -- Microscopy and Characterization Suite

Fabio Di Fonzo

Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia

Controlling the kinetics of radiation induced crystallization in nanoceramics by doping

Argonne National Laboratory -- Intermediate Voltage Electron Microscope Tandem Facility

Ge Yang

North Carolina State University

Positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy investigation of vacancy-related defects in room-temperature radiation detector material CdZnTe

North Carolina State University -- PULSTAR Research Reactor and the Nuclear Services Laboratory

Haiming Wen

Missouri University of Science and Technology

Nanostructuring to enhance irradiation tolerance of ferritic/martensitic Grade 91 steels

University of Wisconsin -- Tandem Accelerator Ion Beam (TAIB) and Characterization Laboratory for Irradiated Materials (CLIM)

James Stubbins

University of Illinois

A comparative study of the radiation response of Fe-12Cr, Fe-14Cr, Fe-19Cr model alloys and a Fe-14Cr ODS alloy

Center for Advanced Energy Studies -- Microscopy and Characterization Suite

Janelle Wharry

Purdue University

Irradiated Microstructure Evolution in Cast Compared to PM-HIP Alloy 625

Westinghouse -- Churchill Laboratory Services

Jonathan Tatman

Electric Power Research Institute

Advanced microstructural and nano-hardness characterization of low penetration pulsed-laser weldments performed on highly activated neutron irradiated stainless steel

Oak Ridge National Laboratory ? Low Activation Materials Development and Analysis (LAMDA)

Ju Li

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

In situ TEM study of radiation and oxidation tolerance of MAX-phase-like materials

Argonne National Laboratory -- Intermediate Voltage Electron Microscope Tandem Facility

Lingfeng He

Idaho National Laboratory

Microstructural characterization of transmutation nitride fuels for fast reactors

Idaho National Laboratory -- Materials and Fuels Complex

Mahmut  Cinbiz

Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Characterization of Neutron-Irradiated Zr-1Nb-O Using Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopy

Idaho National Laboratory -- Materials and Fuels Complex

Maik Lang

University of Tennessee

The study of local atomic structure and formation of ceramic phase in a simplified nuclear waste glasses

Brookhaven National Laboratory -- National Synchotron Light Source II (NSLS-II)

Matthew Swenson

University of Idaho

Characterization and modeling of secondary phase evolution in an irradiated Zr-1.0Nb alloy

Center for Advanced Energy Studies -- Microscopy and Characterization Suite

Michael Moorehead

University of Wisconsin

TEM and APT characterization of ion irradiated high entropy alloys for sodium-cooled fast reactors

Center for Advanced Energy Studies -- Microscopy and Characterization Suite

Ming Tang

Los Alamos National Laboratory

Radiation stability study on nuclear waste materials

Argonne National Laboratory -- Intermediate Voltage Electron Microscope Tandem Facility

Mohamed Elbakhshwan

University of Wisconsin

Radiation damage in high entropy alloys

University of Wisconsin -- Tandem Accelerator Ion Beam (TAIB) and Characterization Laboratory for Irradiated Materials (CLIM)

Nicholas Brown

Pennsylvania State University

Novel microstructure characterization of pre-hydrided ZIRLOŽ at low neutron doses

Oak Ridge National Laboratory -- Low Activation Materials Development and Analysis (LAMDA)

Niyanth Sridharan

Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Evaluating void swelling and microstructure evolution of additively manufactured HT9

University of Michigan -- Michigan Ion Beam Laboratory

Pradeep Ramuhalli

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Post-irradiation Piezoelectric property characterization of radiation tolerant Piezoelectric materials

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory --Radiochemistry Processing Laboratory (RPL)

Qing Su

University of Nebraska

APT study of Helium precipitates in amorphous/crystalline SiOC/Fe nanocomposites

Center for Advanced Energy Studies -- Microscopy and Characterization Suite

Riley Parrish

University of Florida

TEM analysis of Irradiated MOX fuel

Idaho National Laboratory -- Materials and Fuels Complex

Thomas Blue

Ohio State University

High fluence irradiation testing of fiber optic material transmission

Oak Ridge National Laboratory -- Low Activation Materials Development and Analysis (LAMDA)

Timothy Burchell

Oak Ridge National Laboratory

TEM investigation of irradiation, irradiation creep and thermal annealing effects in nuclear graphite

Oak Ridge National Laboratory -- Low Activation Materials Development and Analysis (LAMDA)

Walter Williams

Purdue University

In situ phase analysis of phase transitions in U-(6, 10, 20, 30) wt%Zr fresh fuels

Los Alamos National Laboratory -- Wing 9 Hot Cells, Fuels Research Laboratory and the Plutonium Surface Science Laboratory

Xiaoyuan Lou

Auburn University

Heavy ion irradiation on SCC resistant austenitic stainless steel made by laser additive manufacturing

University of Michigan -- Michigan Ion Beam Laboratory

Yinbin Miao

Argonne National Laboratory

Microstructural modifications in U-10Zr irradiated by high energy Xe ions

Center for Advanced Energy Studies -- Microscopy and Characterization Suite

Zefeng yu

University of Wisconsin

TEM/EDS study of Nb redistribution in ZrNb alloys following proton irradiation

Idaho National Laboratory -- Materials and Fuels Complex


The NSUF holds RTE calls three times per year. The call offers any interested researcher from a university, national laboratory, or industry the opportunity to perform a limited scope of examinations at one facility. The next call for solicitations is scheduled to close June 29, 2018.

 

For user guides and more information about submitting proposals, visit the NSUF website, http://nsuf.inl.gov.

 

INL is a DOE multiprogram national laboratory, and performs work in each of DOE's strategic goal areas: energy, national security, science and environment. INL is the nation's leading center for nuclear energy research and development. Day-to-day management and operation of the laboratory is the responsibility of Battelle Energy Alliance.

 

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