GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy Picked for $2 Million DOE Research Project

U.S. Department of Energy

GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) will lead a $2 million additive manufacturing research project with the U.S. Department of Energy.

GEH will lead the project by producing sample replacement parts for nuclear power plants. The samples will be 3D printed in metal at the GE Power Advanced Manufacturing Works facility in Greenville, South Carolina, then be shipped to the Idaho National Laboratory (INL). Once irradiated in INL’s Advanced Test Reactor, the samples will be removed, tested and compared to an analysis of unirradiated material conducted by GEH.

The project is part of the DOE’s $80 million investment in advanced nuclear technology. Nuclear Science User Facilities funding will be used to provide GEH with access to neutron and gamma irradiation and post-irradiation examination services. GEH is also participating in a DOE-funded project with Oak Ridge National Laboratory to develop stainless steel with enhanced stress corrosion cracking and irradiation resistance.

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