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A review of workforce trends in the nuclear community
The nuclear community is undergoing a moment of unprecedented interest and growth not seen in decades. The passage of the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and the Inflation Reduction Act are providing a multitude of new funding opportunities for the nuclear community, and not just the current fleet. A mix of technologies and reactor types are being evaluated and deployed, with Vogtle Units 3 and 4 coming on line later this year, the Advanced Reactor Demonstration Projects of X-energy and TerraPower, and NuScale’s work with Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems to build a first-of-a-kind small modular reactor, making this is an exciting time to join the nuclear workforce.
E. Clark, A. Lumsdaine, K. Ekici, A. Ruggles
Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 72 | Number 3 | October 2017 | Pages 278-284
Technical Paper | doi.org/10.1080/15361055.2017.1333823
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High heat flux thermal management is an important challenge for upcoming nuclear fusion and plasma physics experiments. The plasma facing components (PFCs) in devices such as ITER or Wendelstein 7-X (W7-X) will be subjected to extreme heat loads on the order of 10–20 MW/m2 in the divertor region. The heat dissipation issue will become critical in this next generation of experiments, and active cooling will be necessary. The current state-of-the-art water cooled technologies can accommodate extreme heat fluxes and often utilize passive heat transfer enhancement techniques, such as swirl flow, to decrease the thermal loading on PFCs. Swirling flow is commonly induced with a twisted tape that is inserted into a circular tube. Twisted tape devices are planned for use in both W7-X and ITER. Computational modeling was performed to investigate the thermal-hydraulic performance for single-phase, turbulent flow of water through a twisted tape device. This study exploited the advantage of computational simulations by analyzing local flow information. It was shown that points of low wall shear stress corresponded to locations of low heat transfer coefficient and high surface temperatures. Thus, decreased wall shear stress could be an indicator for early burnout in twisted tape geometries. This analysis was the first step towards informing the design of twisted tape devices utilized in PFCs.