Restricted Research - Award List, Note/Discussion Page

Fiscal Year: 2013

1679  University of Houston  (21157)

Principal Investigator: LI,MO

Total Amount of Contract, Award, or Gift (Annual before 2011): $ 800,000

Exceeds $250,000 (Is it flagged?): Yes

Start and End Dates: 10/1/12 <> 9/30/15

Restricted Research: YES

Academic Discipline: CIVIL ENGINEERING

Department, Center, School, or Institute: ENGINEERING

Title of Contract, Award, or Gift: FC-4: Concrete Materials with Ultra-High Damage Resistance and Self-Sensing Capacity For Extended Nuclear Fuel Storage Systems

Name of Granting or Contracting Agency/Entity: Battelle Energy Alliance, LLC

Program Title: none
CFDA Linked: Renewable Energy Research and Development


127468 - The long-term durability and safety of the concrete structures for spent fuel pools and dry casks are key factors for extended storage of spent nuclear fuel (SNF). Two major issues must be addressed: First, concrete is an inherently brittle material, and is susceptible to cracking, deterioration and fracture under combined thermo-chemo-hygro-mechanical effects as well as extreme hazard events. Second, current structural health monitoring (SHM) approaches rely on visual inspection or discrete sensors that cannot reliably identify spatially distributed damage such as cracking and corrosion. To address these challenges, the proposed research combines nano-, micro- and composite technologies, computational mechanics and SHM methods to develop a new class of multifunctional concrete materials, which possess intrinsic damage tolerance and self-sensing capacity for extended SNF storage systems.

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