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Title: CY2013 Annual Report for DOE-ITU INERI 2010-006-E

New concepts for nuclear energy development are considered in both the USA and Europe within the framework of the Generation-IV International Forum (GIF) as well as in various US-DOE programs (e.g. the Fuel Cycle Research and Development - FCRD) and as part of the European Sustainable Nuclear Energy Technology Platform (SNE-TP). Since most new fuel cycle concepts envisage the adoption of a closed nuclear fuel cycle employing fast reactors, the fuel behavior characteristics of the various proposed advanced fuel forms must be effectively investigated using state of the art experimental techniques before implementation. More rapid progress can be achieved if effective synergy with advanced (multi-scale) modeling efforts can be achieved. The fuel systems to be considered include minor actinide (MA) transmutation fuel types such as advanced MOX, advanced metal alloy, inert matrix fuel (IMF), and other ceramic fuels like nitrides, carbides, etc., for fast neutronic spectrum conditions. Most of the advanced fuel compounds have already been the object of past examination programs, which included irradiations in research reactors. The knowledge derived from previous experience constitutes a significant, albeit incomplete body of data. New or upgraded experimental tools are available today that can extend the scientific and technological knowledge towards achievingmore » the objectives associated with the new generation of nuclear reactors and fuels. The objectives of this project will be three-fold: (1) to extend the available knowledge on properties and irradiation behavior of high burnup and minor actinide bearing advanced fuel systems; (2) to establish a synergy with multi-scale and code development efforts in which experimental data and expertise on the irradiation behavior of nuclear fuels is properly conveyed for the upgrade/development of advanced modeling tools; (3) to promote the effective use of international resources to the characterization of irradiated fuel through exchange of expertise and information among leading experimental facilities. The priorities in this project will be set according to the down selection procedure of U.S. and European development programs.« less
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  1. Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States)
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Technical Report
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Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States)
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USDOE Office of Nuclear Energy (NE)
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United States