2017 | AFC ACCOMPLISHMENTS 52 Figure 1. The IRP Team (From Left to Right): MIT, INL, UW, TAMU, PSU, ANATECH and AREVA. This work focuses on develop- ment and evaluation of compu- tational models under the Nuclear Energy Advanced Modeling & Simulation (NEAMS) framework to estimate time to failure for near term accident tolerant fuel (LATF) concepts.The Integrated Research Project (IRP) Team (Figure 1) builds upon strong university capabilities at the Massachusetts Institute of Tech- nology (MIT) with its experience in fuel design and safety analysis, the University of Wisconsin (UW) with its experience in severe accident modeling and development of clad- ding coatings for the ATF industrial campaign,Texas A&M University (TAMU) with its material ion irradia- tion capability, and Pennsylvania State University (PSU) with its meso-scale fuel performance modeling experi- ence. Idaho National Laboratory (INL) is a member of the team to allow for efficient implementation and integration of the models.The IRP also benefits from close collabo- ration with two industrial partners: ANATECH, an engineering firm with state-of-the-art experience in fuel modeling under accident conditions and AREVA, one of the main nuclear fuel suppliers in the US. Project Description: Our work is focused on current oper- ating light water reactors world-wide, and we aim to improve their safety performance with use of innovative accident tolerant fuels.The objective of this IRP is to develop computational tools to evaluate suchATF options for near term applications.The compu- tational tools will be predominantly developed under the framework of Development of Accident Tolerant Fuel Options For Near Term Applications Principal Investigator: Jacopo Buongiorno (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) Collaborators: K. Smith, K. Shirvan (MIT), K. Sridharan (UW), L. Shao (TAMU), M.Tonks (PSU) P. Broda (AREVA), W. Liu (ANATECH), J. Hales (INL). The project develops state-of-the-art simulation tools for new fuel cladding materials that will tolerate accident conditions without generating massive amounts of flammable hydrogen, thus greatly mitigating the consequences of Fukushima-like events at nuclear power plants worldwide.