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Indiana Senate bill will have state consider SMRs
A new bill in the Indiana state Senate creates guidelines for state regulators to consider small modular reactors should utilities want to build them. Senate Bill 271 was sponsored by Sen. Eric Koch (R., Bedford), chair of the Senate Utilities Committee, and Sen. Blake Doriot (R., Goshen). Supporters of the bill said that SMRs could replace retiring coal plants and would supplement renewables.
The Indy Star reported on January 24 that the utilities committee passed the bill by a vote of eight to two and that it now heads to the full Senate.
E. L. Alfonso, J. W. Crippen, A. Q. L. Nguyen
Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 51 | Number 4 | May 2007 | Pages 651-654
Technical Paper | dx.doi.org/10.13182/FST07-A1459
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Fielding a cryogenic ICF capsule for near-term ignition shots requires a fill-tube to deliver fuel to the capsule. Polymer capsules (0.9 and 3.1 mm o.d.) with a monolithic fill-tube have been produced. The fill tube is formed on the capsule by plasma polymer coating on a mandrel with a depolymerizable stalk. We report recent advances achieved in monolithic fill-tube capsule production. The micro-assembly station for attaching PAMS stalk to the mandrels was improved to reduce fillet and fill tube diameters and increase throughput. Excimer laser etching is used to micro-machine fill-tube capsules and target components to allow proper mating for assembly. The fill-tube target is attached to the gas source by a flexible polymer fill line and was tested to confirm gas flow and retention. The effect of the mandrel stalk on the uniformity of GDP coating is investigated.