University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

artist rendering of Cutaway artist’s rendering of the proposed UIUC test reactor

Project Overview

In May 2021, the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) submitted to the NRC a Letter of Intent to submit an application for a construction permit for a high-temperature gas-cooled test reactor.  The proposed reactor would be a 15 megawatt-thermal testing facility based on technology developed by Ultra Safe Nuclear Corporation, and would utilize TRISO particle fuel, helium gas coolant, and graphite moderator.  The reactor would be located on UIUC’s campus in Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, and would have a molten salt secondary loop providing electrical power conversion capability for campus use.  UIUC plans to engage in pre-application activities with the NRC.

For more information, please see the UIUC High-Temperature Gas-Cooled Test Reactor pre-application documents (NRC Project No. 99902094).

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Pre-Application Activities

Product Type Reference Status
Regulatory Engagement Plan White Paper ML22216A059 No review requested
Utilizing a Class 104(c) Licensing Pathway for the Proposed UIUC Research and Test Reactor White Paper ML22165A304 Feedback Provided
Proposed Contents of PSAR Using NUREG-1537 Guidance for the Micro Modular Reactor (MMR®) White Paper ML22220A252 Feedback Provided
Quality Assurance Program Description Topical Report ML22320A086 Under Review
Applicability of Nuclear Regulatory Commission Regulations Topical Report ML22343A282 Under Review
Safeguards Information Protection Plan Plan ML23053A098 Under Review
Fuel Qualification Methodology Topical Report ML23038A240 Under Review

Page Last Reviewed/Updated Monday, February 27, 2023