NuScale and U.S. Reactor Forging Consortium to collaborate on SMR deployment

May 3, 2022, 9:30AMNuclear News

NuScale Power has signed a collaboration agreement with the U.S. Reactor Forging Consortium (RFC) to leverage the nation’s forging supply chain to prepare for the deployment of NuScale’s small modular reactor technology and to support, maintain, and expand U.S. manufacturing jobs.

The consortium consists of North American Forgemasters (NAF), Scot Forge, and ATI Forged Products. “The combined three companies act as the only fully integrated manufacturer of large alloy and stainless steel open die, seamless rolled ring, and large, uniquely shaped forgings (heads with integral nozzles) in the Western hemisphere with as-forged piece weights exceeding 160 tons,” NuScale said on April 22.

Details: Under the agreement, NuScale and RFC will cooperate on the design for manufacturability reviews of forged geometries to reduce welding; chemical composition tailoring; and optimized configuration for fabrication.

According to NuScale, the agreement aligns with the Department of Energy report released earlier this year, America’s Strategy to Secure the Supply Chain for a Robust Clean Energy Transition, which sets out a strategy for retaining and developing U.S. jobs through the exploration of mutually beneficial domestic business relationships. “This includes, but is not limited to, U.S. and state government grants and funding opportunities, development of RFC member company capabilities and capacities, and other U.S. manufacturing opportunities,” NuScale stated.

NuScale noted that NAF is currently partnering with the Pennsylvania-based Center for Advanced Nuclear Manufacturing, operated by Concurrent Technologies Corporation (CTC), on a production-size research project focused on the use of austenitic stainless steel for reactor and containment vessels in SMRs and advanced reactors.

Financed in part by a grant from Pennsylvania’s Department of Economic Development, NAF, in collaboration with its owners, Scot Forge and Ellwood Group, will perform melting, forging, heat treating, rough machining, mechanical testing, and nondestructive testing, while CTC will oversee the development of the forged material and perform independent technical evaluations.

“This partnership,” NuScale said, “will serve to create jobs by establishing a supply chain in Pennsylvania and ultimately benefit the overall development of SMRs and advanced reactor deployment.”

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