42 U.S. Code § 16277. High-performance computation and supportive research
(a) Modeling and simulation
(b) CoordinationIn carrying out the program under subsection (a), the Secretary shall coordinate with relevant Federal agencies as described by the National Strategic Computing Initiative established by Executive Order 13702 (80 Fed. Reg. 46177 (July 29, 2015)), while taking into account the following objectives:
Using expertise from the private sector, institutions of higher education, and the National Laboratories to develop computational software and capabilities that prospective users may access to accelerate research and development of advanced nuclear reactor systems and reactor systems for space exploration.
Developing computational tools to simulate and predict nuclear phenomena that may be validated through physical experimentation.
(c) Supportive research activitiesThe Secretary shall consider support for additional research activities to maximize the utility of the research facilities of the Department, including physical processes—
to simulate degradation of materials and behavior of fuel forms; and
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