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DOE NATIONAL LABORATORY:
IDAHO NATIONAL
LABORATORY

The INL is a science-based, applied engineering national laboratory dedicated to supporting the U.S. Department of Energy's missions in nuclear and energy research, science, and national defense. The INL is operated for the Department of Energy (DOE) by Battelle Energy Alliance (BEA) and partners, each providing unique educational, management, research and scientific assets into a world-class national laboratory.

Our mission today. We continue to tackle complex missions for the nation in a safe and cost-effective manner, including: Delivering science-based engineered solutions to challenges in the Department of Energy's mission areas And enhancing the INL's scientific and technical talent, facilities and equipment to best serve the nation.

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Factors underlying nuclear fuel swelling seen at nanoscale for first time

Factors underlying nuclear fuel swelling seen at nanoscale for first time

Understanding factors that drive nuclear fuel swelling will help engineers develop higher performance fuels, which could be even safer and more efficient than those used in current nuclear energy plants. As uranium atoms split to produce energy, fission products build up within fuel rods, which impacts nuclear fuel performance inside a reactor. But, a clear picture of the size and location of these solid fission products has been elusive until now.

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Junior researchers showing world the way to advanced nuclear fuel design

Two early-career Idaho National Laboratory researchers are earning international attention for their groundbreaking work. They're getting a long-sought look into the 3-D microstructure of irradiated nuclear fuel, then feeding that data into cutting-edge fuel behavior models. Their work will make the design and testing of even safer nuclear fuels more informed and efficient.

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Junior researchers showing world the way to advanced nuclear fuel design

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Lab Contact Info

Contact: Nicole Stricker
Phone: 208-526-5955
Email: nicole.stricker@inl.gov
Secondary contact: Lou Riepl
Location: Idaho Falls, ID

Lab Publications

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Lab News Releases
30-Aug-2012
New cybersecurity tool suite demonstrated this week
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21-Nov-2011
Reliable nuclear device to heat, power Mars Science Lab
DOE/Idaho National Laboratory

15-Sep-2009
Advanced Test Reactor National Scientific User Facility chooses 2 new projects
DOE/Idaho National Laboratory

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