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Operations & Power
Members focus on the dissemination of knowledge and information in the area of power reactors with particular application to the production of electric power and process heat. The division sponsors meetings on the coverage of applied nuclear science and engineering as related to power plants, non-power reactors, and other nuclear facilities. It encourages and assists with the dissemination of knowledge pertinent to the safe and efficient operation of nuclear facilities through professional staff development, information exchange, and supporting the generation of viable solutions to current issues.
Conference on Nuclear Training and Education: A Biennial International Forum (CONTE 2023)
February 6–9, 2023
Amelia Island, FL|Omni Amelia Island Resort
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A review of workforce trends in the nuclear community
The nuclear community is undergoing a moment of unprecedented interest and growth not seen in decades. The passage of the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and the Inflation Reduction Act are providing a multitude of new funding opportunities for the nuclear community, and not just the current fleet. A mix of technologies and reactor types are being evaluated and deployed, with Vogtle Units 3 and 4 coming on line later this year, the Advanced Reactor Demonstration Projects of X-energy and TerraPower, and NuScale’s work with Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems to build a first-of-a-kind small modular reactor, making this is an exciting time to join the nuclear workforce.
Technical Session|Panel|Sponsored by NISD
Friday, December 3, 2021|8:00–9:45AM EST |Columbia 4
Richard H. (Chip) Lagdon (Bechtel National)
Kevin R. O'Kula (Amentum Technical Services)
Charles R. (Chip) Martin (Longnecker and Associates)
In the last three years, fuel failures have been experienced in research reactors at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The first of the events occurred in November 2018 at the ORNL High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) resulting in the deformation of several fuel plates in the outer fuel element. The second related event occurred in February 2021 at the NIST Center for Neutron Research (NCNR) Reactor where damage occurred in a single fuel element. While neither event resulted in significant radiological exposure, each of the affected reactor facilities paused operations to review fuel fabrication, training, operations, quality assurance, and other aspects potentially contributing to the events. This session will be a panel that will discuss these events, the associated causal analyses, planned corrective actions, and lessons learned.
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