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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.
Takeshi Fujimura, Takayoshi Norimatsu, Mitsuo Nakai, Keiji Nagai, Akifumi Iwamoto, Kunioki Mima
Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 51 | Number 4 | May 2007 | Pages 677-681
Technical Paper | dx.doi.org/10.13182/FST07-A1463
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A way to make a hole in a resorcinol-formaldehyde (RF) foam shell target is described. A target used in fast ignition (FI) experiments consists of an RF foam shell and a guide cone. The fragile RF foam cannot accept conventional mechanical drilling or laser machining. We used the second harmonics of a Nd:YAG laser (532nm) to bore a hole for the cone by utilizing thermal decomposition of the RF foam.To optimize the cutting condition, the thermal characteristic and absorption spectrum of the RF foam were measured with a thermo-gravimetric meter and a spectrometer, respectively. Then, using these results, relationships between the laser power and cutting speed were optimized for RF foams with several densities.