Improved Continuous Casting Process for Metallic Fuel Pins

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$224,947.00
Award Year:
2013
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
DE-FG02-13ER90713
Agency Tracking Number:
77055
Solicitation Year:
2013
Solicitation Topic Code:
19b
Solicitation Number:
DE-FOA-0000801
Small Business Information
Creare Incorporated
16 Great Hollow Road, Hanover, NH, 03755-3116
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
171512770
Principal Investigator:
Michael Izenson
Dr.
(603) 640-2405
mgi@creare.com
Business Contact:
Robert Kline-Schoder
Dr.
(603) 640-2487
contractsmgr@creare.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
New Generation IV nuclear power plants are being developed that promise to enable nuclear power to achieve its potential as a large scale source of environmentally benign power generation while improving safety and minimizing proliferation risks. These reactors will need large numbers of metallic fuel pins made from uranium alloys, but existing methods for casting these fuel pins are very costly. Creare proposes to develop a continuous casting method that uses innovative instrumentation and control algorithms to produce uranium alloy fuel pins at very low cost. Our process can be easily automated and can produce a wide variety of shapes. The primary commercial application will be production of metallic fuel pins for prototype and commercial nuclear power plants. The public benefit will be low-cost electricity that is produced by safe and environmentally benign power plants. The technology we develop for precision control of the continuous casting process will also enable production of a wide range of metallic components for commercial applications.

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