United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Research Activities FY 2010-FY 2011 (NUREG-1925, Revision 1)

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Manuscript Completed: October 2010
Date Published: December 2010

Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Washington, DC 20555-0001

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Abstract

The Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research (RES) supports the regulatory mission of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) by providing technical advice, tools, and information to identify and resolve safety issues, make regulatory decisions, and issue regulations and guidance. This includes conducting confirmatory experiments and analyses; developing technical bases that support the NRC's safety decisions; and preparing the agency for the future by evaluating the safety aspects of new technologies and designs for nuclear reactors, materials, waste, and security.

The NRC faces challenges as the industry matures, including potential new safety issues, the availability of new technologies, technical issues associated with the deployment of new reactor designs, and knowledge management. The NRC focuses its research primarily on near-term needs related to the oversight of operating reactors, as well as to new and advanced reactor designs. RES develops technical tools, analytical models, and experimental data to allow the agency to assess safety and regulatory issues. The RES staff develops these tools, models, and data through contracts with commercial entities, national laboratories, and universities or in collaboration with international organizations.

This NUREG presents research conducted across a wide variety of disciplines, ranging from fuel behavior under accident conditions to seismology to health physics. At times, this research also provides the technical bases for regulatory decisions and confirms licensee analyses. RES works closely with the NRC's licensing offices in the review and analysis of high-risk events and provides its expertise to support licensing. RES has organized this collection of information sheets by business lines and topical areas that summarize projects currently in progress. Each sheet provides the RES technical staff and division that can be contacted for additional information.

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