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UWC 2020: A call for transformational change
Bowing to current COVID-19 realities but buoyed by the success of June’s virtual Annual Meeting, ANS event planners returned to the virtual realm for this year’s Utility Working Conference. Originally scheduled for August 9–12 at Marco Island, Fla., the condensed event was held Wednesday, August 11, wherever registrants’ computer devices happened to be located.
In addition to 26 educational sessions and workshops, UWC 2020 featured an opening plenary session titled “Achieving Transformational Change: A leadership discussion,” moderated by Bob Coward, MPR Associates principal officer and ANS past president (2017–2018). Plenary panelists included representatives from three utilities—Arizona Public Service (APS), Exelon, and Xcel Energy—plus the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO) and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
M. E. Schoff, E. R. Castillo, N. M. Ravelo, M. P. Farrell
Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 70 | Number 2 | August-September 2016 | Pages 372-376
Technical Paper | dx.doi.org/10.13182/FST15-243
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Planar components made from glow discharge polymer (GDP) are commonly used in laser inertial fusion experiments. The thickness profile of GDP coatings on flat substrates follows a nearly Gaussian distribution with a full-width at half-maximum only 20 mm across, restricting the number of usable components with the same thickness that can be made from each substrate. A new coating method to improve the thickness uniformity and increase the usable area of GDP coatings has been simulated and involves rotating the planar substrate while it is offset from the center of the coating chamber. While the coating rate drops to about 40% at the center, the thickness variation is less than 10% out to a radius of 10 mm, increasing the usable area by a factor of over 7, thereby increasing the number of components that can be made from a single coating.