The projects will receive up to $3.5 million in total plus a 20 percent cost share from the companies. Westinghouse’s project is an analysis of sodium thermal hydraulics in advanced nuclear reactor design, according to the DOE. Through this project the Cranberry-based company will provide tools to help quantify heat exchanger performance and improve component engineering for sodium-cooled reactor designs, according to the DOE.
Announcement of these public-private partnerships comes on the heels of President Obama’s climate action plan to lower carbon emissions. The three other projects in the award are:
General Atomic, of San Diego, which is researching silicon carbide composite material for fuel rod cladding in advanced reactor design.
GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy, of Wilmington, N.C., which is researching high-temperature insulation materials and analysis tools to design and make electromagnetic pumps for liquid-metal-cooled reactors.
Gen4 Energy, of Denver, which is developing computer models to research natural circulation designs for advanced reactors using a lead bismuth coolant."