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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.
C. Koehly, L. Bühler
Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 72 | Number 4 | November 2017 | Pages 660-666
Technical Note | doi.org/10.1080/15361055.2017.1350477
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The dual-coolant lead lithium (DCLL) blanket in which the eutectic lead-lithium alloy is used as tritium breeder and coolant is a promising concept for applications in fusion power plants. The interaction of the moving electrically conducting liquid metal with the plasma-confining magnetic field induces electric currents and creates strong electromagnetic Lorentz forces opposing the flow. This may lead to high magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) pressure drops. Efficient cooling requires a sufficiently high flow velocity and, under these conditions, if currents find a shortcut through electrically conducting walls, the pressure drop will be very large. One way to reduce the MHD pressure drop in ducts is to decouple electrically the coolant flow from the load-carrying walls by insulating flow channel inserts (FCI). In order to demonstrate the capability of pressure drop reduction by FCIs in 3D MHD flow, a test section is currently being designed and manufactured for experiments in the MEKKA laboratory at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. The used FCIs are of sandwich-type with a ceramic layer protected from both sides by thin sheets of steel to prevent direct contact of the insulator with liquid metal. This technical note focuses on fabrication issues of sandwich-type flow channel inserts for circular pipes and shows methods and techniques for successful manufacturing.