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Mathematics & Computation
Division members promote the advancement of mathematical and computational methods for solving problems arising in all disciplines encompassed by the Society. They place particular emphasis on numerical techniques for efficient computer applications to aid in the dissemination, integration, and proper use of computer codes, including preparation of computational benchmark and development of standards for computing practices, and to encourage the development on new computer codes and broaden their use.
Conference on Nuclear Training and Education: A Biennial International Forum (CONTE 2021)
February 9–11, 2021
The Standards Committee is responsible for the development and maintenance of voluntary consensus standards that address the design, analysis, and operation of components, systems, and facilities related to the application of nuclear science and technology. Find out What’s New, check out the Standards Store, or Get Involved today!
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Fusion Science and Technology
Notes on fusion
The ST25-HTS tokamak.
Governments around the world have been interested in fusion for more than 70 years. Fusion research was largely secret until 1968, when the Soviets unveiled exciting results from their tokamak (a magnetic confinement fusion device with a particular configuration that produces a toroidal plasma). The Soviets realized that tokamaks were not useful as weapons but could produce plasma in the million-degree temperature range to demonstrate Soviet scientific and technical prowess to the world.
Following this breakthrough, government laboratories around the world continued to pursue various methods of confining hot plasma to understand plasma physics under extreme conditions, getting closer and closer to the conditions necessary for fusion energy production. Tokamaks have been by far the most successful configuration. In the 1990s, the Tokamak Fusion Test Reactor at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory produced 10 MW of fusion power using deuterium-tritium fusion. A few years later, the Joint European Torus (JET) in the United Kingdom increased that to 16 MW, getting close to breakeven using 24 MW of power to heat the plasma.
The Center for Nuclear Science and Technology Information is an initiative of the American Nuclear Society (ANS) working to increase understanding of and support for nuclear science and technology. Society members play an important role in changing the conversation about nuclear.
To assist members with their outreach efforts, ANS offers in-kind public outreach materials to a limited number of the Society's Student and Local Sections that host outreach events aligned with ANS public information goals. Requests that meet the selection criteria are fulfilled on a first come, first served basis. The available items are listed on the Outreach Materials Request Form.
To be considered for in-kind materials, the activity or event must promote one of the following messages and fall under a focus area indicated below.
Sections are limited to $500 in value of materials (including shipping) each calendar year.
Sections are required to submit an Event Form within 30 days of events receiving in-kind donations.
To request materials, please complete the request form and return it to ANS by the appropriate deadline (listed above).
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The Center aims to engage the general public in the conversation about nuclear. By organizing active outreach and public education events throughout the country, our members can enhance our mission with a unified voice.
What we support
The Center has developed teaching materials that put the basics of nuclear science and technology into the classroom while aligning with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Our materials support science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education.
Engineers Week (fourth week of February) is a time to celebrate how engineers make a difference in our world, Increase public dialogue about the need for engineers, and bring engineering to life for kids, educators, and parents.
Nuclear Science Week (NSW, third week of October) is an international, broadly observed week-long celebration to focus interest on all aspects of nuclear science. ANS has partnered with the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History to promote this important initiative.
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