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Developing Digital Twins from High Fidelity Simulations

This is a U.S. Department of Energy Distinguished Early Career Program (DECP) Award.

Dates: Oct. 2022 – Sept. 2027

The objective of this project is to develop the fundamental methods​ and techniques that would leverage advanced modeling and simulation to create efficient and accurate hybrid or integrated (e.g. physics based + data driven + machine learning) models. The project will have 5 majors tasks: developing hybrid models, investigating efficient learning strategies, V&V, incorporating UQ, and developing a new flexible curriculum to teach these methods.​

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Fast and Rigorous Methods for Multiphysics SPn Transport in Advanced Reactors

This project is centered at Michigan and in collaboration with Brian Kiedrowski and Krishna Garikipati. We also have several external collaborators at National Labs including Yeon Sang Jung (ANL), Tom Evans and Steven Hamilton (ORNL), and Mike Hackemack and Andrew Pavlou at the Naval Nuclear Laboratory.

Dates: Oct. 2022 – Sept. 2025

In this project we are developing a new higher-order discretization for the SPn and GSPn equations, as well as investigating new fast direct solver technology based on the Hierarchical Poincare-Steklov method. Other contributions include more rigorous formulations for cross section generation and interpolation, and advances in cross section generation with Monte Carlo transport methods.

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Innovative Enhanced Automation Control Strategies for Multi-unit SMRs

In collaboration with Jamie Coble at the University of Tennessee, Ben Lindley at the University of Wisconsin, Vivek Agarwal at the Idaho National Laboratory, and Ross Snuggerud at NuScale Power.

Dates: Oct. 2020 – Sept. 2024

Researchers will develop an innovative, enhanced automation control framework for small modular reactors (SMRs) that supports control of multiple units operating in a variety of reactor core conditions. Through these enhancements, SMR technology gains improved marketability through potential deployment to a broader range of markets and can also lead to reduced operating and maintenance costs for a SMR site, increasing the overall profitability.

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Project SAFARI – Secure Automation for Advanced Reactor Innovation

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Design and Prototyping of Advanced Control Systems for Advanced Reactors Operating in the Future Electric Grid

Lead by Roberto Ponciroli at ANL and in collaboration with Rick Vilim and Anthony Cilliers (Kairos).

Date: Oct. 2020 – Sept. 2023

Researchers will design and demonstrate and advanced control schemes for semi-autonomous and remote operation of advanced reactors to support integrated energy systems with energy storage technologies. The research will develop a control system architecture that will integrate with future changes to the grid, including highly variable grid demand.​

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Process-Constrained Data Analytics for Sensor Assignment and Calibration

Lead by Rick Vilim at ANL.

Date: Oct. 2018 – Sept. 2021

This project will develop and demonstrate data-analytic methods to address the problem of how to assign a sensor set in a nuclear facility such that 1) a requisite level of process monitoring capability is realized, and in turn, 2) the sensor set is sufficiently rich to allow analytics to determine the status of the individual sensors with respect to their need for calibration. This approach will allow for automated calibration status, avoiding unneeded calibration activities in the facility.

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Modeling and Analysis of Exelon BWRs for Eigenvalue and Thermal Limits Predictability

Here we got the band back together for an encore post-CASL to look at BWRs with VERA.

Full project abstract here.

Consortium for Advanced Simulation of Light Water Reactors (CASL)

The project that birthed MPACT and VERA.

Date: 2010 – 2020

CASL Website

VERA Website