Technology Cataloguing modeling and simulation tools INL developed an electronic catalog for MOOSE and MOOSE-based applications and made it available to industry. The resource contains a description and a set of demonstration problems for each MOOSE application. The MOOSE “Electronic Catalog” (available at now provides easy access to information on advanced nuclear modeling and simulation tools being developed at INL. It also provides contact pages on most of the tools so users can ask questions and obtain more information. Understanding properties of uranium Uranium has long been the key component of fuel for nuclear power plants, but scientific advances are now enabling new 18 discoveries about its magnetic properties in various forms. New INL-led research has made it possible to better understand the thermal, elastic and magnetic properties of both uranium dioxide (UO2) and uranium nitride (UN). The research led to the discovery that UO2 is one of the few, and the hardest, “piezomagnetic” materials known, and can lead to improved predictive modeling and safer, more efficient advanced fuel designs. Papers on these topics were published in the prestigious journal Nature. Optimizing TRISO fuel performance INL reported detailed findings from analyses of tristructural-isotropic (TRISO)-coated fuel particles — a safer, more efficient, next-generation nuclear fuel. Containment of the radioactive material is built right into the fuel itself via layers of carbon and silicon carbide around the uranium center where the energy-releasing fission happens. The reported findings suggest particle fabrication strategies that could improve retention of radioactive fission products in TRISO fuels. Throughout the research campaign, numerous advanced microscopic techniques were developed and applied for the first time to TRISO fuels. TRISO fuel particles (left) contain uranium fuel in layers of carbon and silicon carbide.Thousands of particles fit into a single fuel pellet (right). INNOVATION & DEPLOYMENT