United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Research Activities FY 2015-FY 2017 (NUREG-1925, Revision 3)

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Manuscript Completed: September 2015
Date Published: February 2016

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 potential safety issues and resolve them as appropriate, make regulatory decisions, and issue regulatory requirements 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 emergent 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 potential safety and regulatory issues. The RES staff uses its own expertise as well as contracts with commercial entities, national laboratories, and universities, or collaborations with international organizations, to develop these tools, models, and data.

This NUREG describes research being conducted by NRC's Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research across a wide variety of disciplines, ranging from fuel behavior under accident conditions to seismology to health physics. This is the fourth issuance of NUREG-1925, revised to capture new research and to update ongoing research projects. This research helps provide the technical bases for regulatory decisions and confirms licensee analyses. RES works closely with the NRC's regulatory offices in the review and analysis of operational events and provides its expertise to support licensing. RES has organized this collection of information sheets by topical areas that summarize projects currently in progress. Each sheet provides the names of the RES technical staff who can be contacted for additional information.

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