b'1.2 FROM THE DIRECTORT he mission of the Advancedfuel behavior models and providing Fuels Campaign (AFC) is toexperimental data to inform and perform or support research,validate its most advanced tools.development, and demonstrationSpecifically, AFC objectives in the (RD&D) activities to identify andcoming five year horizon include:mature innovative fuels and cladding materials and associated technologies1.support the industry-led de-with the potential to improve thevelopment of Accident Tolerant performance and safety of current andFuel (ATF) technologies with future reactors; increase the efficientimproved reliability and perfor-utilization of nuclear energy resources;mance under normal operations contribute to enhancing proliferationand enhanced tolerance during resistance of the nuclear fuel cycle;hypothetical accident scenarios, Steven Hayes and address challenges related to wastewith implementation of lead test management and ultimate disposal. rods/assemblies of one or more National Technical DirectorATF concepts in commercial (208) 526-7255AFC pursues its mission objectivesreactor(s) by or beforesteve.hayes@inl.gov using a goal-oriented, science-based2022 and batch reloads of near-approach that seeks to establish aterm concept(s) in the 2023-fundamental understanding of fuel2026 timeframe;and cladding behaviors under condi-tions that arise during fabrication,2.lead research and development on normal steady-state irradiation,innovative fuel and cladding tech-off-normal transient scenarios, andnologies for applications to future storage/disposal.This approachadvanced reactors, especially includes advancing the theoreticalfast-spectrum reactors, including understanding of fuel behavior,reactors that utilize both once-conducting fundamental and integralthrough and recycle scenarios;experiments, and supporting the3.continue the development and mechanistic, multi-scale modeling ofdemonstration of a multi-scale, nuclear fuels to inform and guide fuelscience-based approach to fuel development projects, advance thedevelopment and testing, and technological readiness of promisingcontribute to the establishment fuel candidates, and ultimately supportof a state-of-the-art research and fuel qualification and licensing initia- development (R&D) infrastructure tives.In the area of advanced toolsnecessary to accelerate the for the modeling and simulation ofdevelopment of new fuel nuclear fuels, the AFC works in closeconcepts; andpartnership with the Nuclear Energy Advanced Modeling and Simulation4.collaborate with NEAMS on the (NEAMS) program, participating withdevelopment and validation of NEAMS in developing mechanisticmulti-scale, multi-physics, and increasingly predictive fuel per-formance models and codes.10 2019|AFC ACCOMPLISHMENTS'