b'2020 - 2025Three major outcomes that substantially enhance the nationalcapabilities for highly digitized advanced reactors to enable strategic infrastructures include: and accelerate adoption of smart systems technologies.Deliver world-class nuclear fuels, materials, and systems5) Expand and deliver supporting computational resources.testing assets, including construction of the versatile fastEnhance existing high-performance computing, visualization, test reactor for materials and fuels science. and supporting capabilities, with a special emphasis on Establish the National Reactor Innovation Center. expanding scientific computing capacity, providing easy access to INL hardware and software resources, and Enable industry and academic innovation through accessproviding access to large-scale data sets and associatedto capability and partnership development. processing analytics capabilities.Key Outcome 3.1: Key Outcome 3.2: Deliver World-Class R&D Assets Establish and Grow the National Reactor Innovation Center 1) Reestablish fast neutron-spectrum testing capabilities. Develop and construct the versatile test reactor (VTR) andTarget challenges:supporting fuel fabrication, irradiation testing, and post- 1) Develop NRIC business and engagement model. irradiation examination capabilities to support advanced fuelsDevelop efficient, functional, and effective business models and materials testing. to enable full and efficient use of INL strategic capabilities 2) Expand and deploy fuels and materials testing assets.and infrastructures with public and private sector partners, Enhance existing assets to be more broadly applied andmanage intellectual property, reduce time and costs of develop necessary new assets, with emphasis on effectivecontracting, improve access to legacy data, enable secure utilization of TREAT, development of the Sampleaccess, and reduce overall costs of facilities stewardship. Preparation Laboratory for irradiated materials research,Establish a reactor demonstration evaluation committee expanding post-irradiation examination needs, addressingand criteria and develop and provide technical resources post-Halden irradiation needs, and preservation andto potential investors to assist in their understanding and enhancement of thermal-spectrum irradiation capabilitiesdecision-making. served by ATR. 2) Assess capabilities and needs. Document existing 3) Improve efficiency and reduce costs associatedfacilities and capabilities and their characteristics relative with irradiation experiments. Develop and implementto the NRIC mission. Conduct a gap analysis of available approaches to improve the efficiencies in performingfacilities and features to inform investment needs and irradiation experiments in ATR and TREAT, takingassociated planning. advantage of conservative and bounding analyses at an early3) Expand and deploy world-leading digital design stage of experiment design in order to minimize the numberand development assets. Develop physical and digital of iterations required prior to final acceptance. The goal is toinfrastructures to integrate digital design, manufacturing, and reduce the time and costs needed to execute experiments. operations including a systematic incorporation of modeling 4) Integration of experimental and modeling andand simulation to speed and increase quality of experimental simulation capabilities to improve RD&D efficiency andactivities as a key element of technology innovation and outcomes. Develop and apply modern code sets to enhancevalidation and as collaboration medium for laboratory and utilization, performance, and effectiveness of experimentalprivate- and public-sector stakeholders. Provide high-fidelity facilities, with an emphasis on irradiation experiments inmodeling, simulation, and measurement capabilities enabling ATR and TREAT, and ultimately enable the ability tooperation of key NRIC assets, including ATR, TREAT, and develop and demonstrate more predictive modeling andMFC research capabilities.simulation capabilities. Develop testing and validation 24'