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The mission of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Policy Division (NNPD) is to promote the peaceful use of nuclear technology while simultaneously preventing the diversion and misuse of nuclear material and technology through appropriate safeguards and security, and promotion of nuclear nonproliferation policies. To achieve this mission, the objectives of the NNPD are to: Promote policy that discourages the proliferation of nuclear technology and material to inappropriate entities. Provide information to ANS members, the technical community at large, opinion leaders, and decision makers to improve their understanding of nuclear nonproliferation issues. Become a recognized technical resource on nuclear nonproliferation, safeguards, and security issues. Serve as the integration and coordination body for nuclear nonproliferation activities for the ANS. Work cooperatively with other ANS divisions to achieve these objective nonproliferation policies.
2024 ANS Annual Conference
June 9–12, 2024
Las Vegas, NV|The Mirage
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The Sodium Reactor Experiment
In February 1957, construction was completed on the Sodium Reactor Experiment (SRE), a sodium-cooled, graphite-moderated reactor with an output of 20 MWt. The design of theSRE had begun three years earlier in 1954, and construction started in April 1955. On April 25, 1957, the reactor reached criticality, and the SRE operated until February 1964.
Technical Session|Panel|Sponsored by HFICD
Tuesday, November 14, 2023|3:15–5:00PM EST|Georgetown West
Syed Bahauddin Alam (Univ. Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)
Vivek Agarwal (Idaho National Lab)
The continued safe and efficient operation of nuclear power plants (NPPs) is crucial for meeting the energy demands of a growing population while simultaneously reducing greenhouse gas emissions. As nuclear plants age, the management and modernization of critical assets become increasingly complex and vital. This complexity underscores the pressing need for innovative technologies that can address the unique challenges of nuclear plant asset management.
Aligned with the DOE's mission to ensure America's security and prosperity by addressing its energy, environmental, and nuclear challenges, this panel aims to explore the integration of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML)-driven Digital Twin (DT) into Nuclear Plant Asset Management & Modernization. The focus will be on both technological advancements and the economic implications of these innovations while considering the aspects below:
1. Predictive Maintenance & Degradation Monitoring
2. Integration of Heterogeneous Data Sources and interpretability
3. Economic Optimization: Return on Investment
4. Compliance and Regulatory Considerations
5. Collaborative Strategies with DOE
This panel aims to bridge the gap between technological innovation and practical implementation, offering a comprehensive view of how AI/ML/DT can revolutionize nuclear plant asset management. By fostering dialogue between industry experts, policymakers, researchers, and other stakeholders, we hope to set the stage for a new era of efficiency, safety, and economic viability in nuclear plant management.
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