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2021 ANS Virtual Annual Meeting
June 14–16, 2021
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The power to save the world … from asteroids
A research collaboration between Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) has investigated how the neutron energy generated by the detonation of a nuclear device could affect the path and speed of an asteroid on a collision course with Earth by melting and vaporizing a portion of the asteroid. The research, which compared the deflection caused by two different neutron energies—14.1 MeV and 1 MeV, representing fusion and fission neutrons, respectively—is described in an article published by LLNL on April 8.
Technical Session|Sponsored by RPD|Cosponsored by THD
Wednesday, November 18, 2020|1:40–3:20PM (2:40–4:20PM EST)
Benjamin R. Betzler
Pavel V. Tsvetkov
Jay Bogardus (American Nuclear Society)
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Sensitivity and Uncertainty Analysis of Core Criticality for the Transformational Challenge Reactor
Jianwei Hu (Oak Ridge National Laboratory), Brian J. Ade (Oak Ridge National Laboratory), Benjamin R. Betzler (Oak Ridge National Laboratory)
AI Optimization of the Reactor Unit Cell to Support TCR Optimization
Briana D. Hiscox (Oak Ridge National Laboratory), Vladimir Sobes (University of Tennessee Knoxville), Emilian Popov (Oak Ridge National Laboratory), Richard Archibald (Oak Ridge National Laboratory), Benjamin R. Betzler (Oak Ridge National Laboratory), Kurt A. Terrani (Oak Ridge National Laboratory)
Design and Modeling of Regulating Control Elements for the Transformational Challenge Reactor (TCR)
Joseph R. Burns (Oak Ridge National Laboratory), Phillip Chesser (Oak Ridge National Laboratory), Peter Wang (Oak Ridge National Laboratory), Eliott Fountain (Oak Ridge National Laboratory), Ben R. Betzler (Oak Ridge National Laboratory), Brian J. Ade (Oak Ridge National Laboratory), Aurelien X. Bergeron (Argonne National Laboratory)
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