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August 8–11, 2021
Marco Island, FL|JW Marriott Marco Island
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DOE puts $9.35 million toward high-energy-density plasma research
The Department of Energy’s Office of Science (DOE-SC) and the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) on July 27 announced $9.35 million for 21 research projects in high-energy-density laboratory plasmas. High-energy-density (HED) plasma research, originally developed to support the U.S. nuclear weapons program, has applications in astrophysics, fusion power plant development, medicine, nuclear and particle physics, and radioisotope production.
Technical Session|Panel|Sponsored by IRD
Tuesday, June 15, 2021|3:30–5:15PM (4:30–6:15PM EDT)|Room 2
James K. Jewell (INL)
Brenden J. Heidrich (INL)
Susan Gallier (ANS)
Idaho National Laboratory held a workshop in September 2020 to provide a snapshot look at current international, in-reactor testing and irradiation capabilities. Gaps were identified, and mitigation strategies and recommendations were discussed.
As new material innovations are being developed for in-reactor applications for reactor life extension long-term operation, and advanced reactor technologies, there is an increased need for materials qualification and assessment programs. In-reactor testing capabilities are vital to the on-going success of these DOE-NE programs and initiatives. Beyond performing simple irradiations in test reactors, few facilities exist internationally which can perform instrumented, in-situ irradiations on structural materials, and with the recent shut down of facilities hosted at Halden and NRU (example: instrumented fatigue loop, and in-situ creep), there are further gaps in the industry left unfilled. A new focus is being placed on the use of accelerator-based technologies to fill in some of these gaps, but these must be viewed as supplemental, and not surrogates to in-reactor capabilities.
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