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Aerospace Nuclear Science & Technology
Organized to promote the advancement of knowledge in the use of nuclear science and technologies in the aerospace application. Specialized nuclear-based technologies and applications are needed to advance the state-of-the-art in aerospace design, engineering and operations to explore planetary bodies in our solar system and beyond, plus enhance the safety of air travel, especially high speed air travel. Areas of interest will include but are not limited to the creation of nuclear-based power and propulsion systems, multifunctional materials to protect humans and electronic components from atmospheric, space, and nuclear power system radiation, human factor strategies for the safety and reliable operation of nuclear power and propulsion plants by non-specialized personnel and more.
Conference on Nuclear Training and Education: A Biennial International Forum (CONTE 2021)
February 9–11, 2021
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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.
Nuclear Science Week is a week-long celebration focusing local, regional, national and international interest on all aspects of nuclear science. This year, it will be held October 19-23. Because Nuclear Science Week is an ideal time to host outreach events, ANS wants to help Local and Student Sections planning events to coincide with it.
Up to $1,500 will be distributed to help sections begin new Nuclear Science Week outreach activities. There is a $1,000 maximum grant request; there is no minimum request amount. There is no set number of sections that may be awarded cash.
Cash Assistance grants do not limit any section's ability to apply for and receive in-kind donations of public information materials for Nuclear Science Week or other events.
Cash Assistance Grant application form must be submitted by ANS national members on behalf of their section. Contact Janice Lindegard with questions or for additional information.
In order to be considered for a grant, the activity or event must promote one or more of the following messages:
This year, we encourage you to take advantage of ANS’s K-12 nuclear science and technology education program, Navigating Nuclear: Energizing Our WorldTM, by incorporating it into your outreach efforts. You can find more information about the program on the ANS website, and we’re happy to help you in adapting its elements to your outreach events.
Volunteer members of ANS will review applications. The reviewers will judge applications based on alignment with messaging (see above), target audience, evidence of the section's ability to execute the activity, and methods for measuring the effectiveness of the event in achieving the desired goal.
Applications are due on or before September 7, 2020. Grant recipients will be notified by September 21, 2020. Contact Janice Lindegard with questions or for additional information.
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