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Neutron noise monitoring during plant operation expedites flexure replacement at Salem-1
The nuclear industry has historically relied on intermittent ultrasonic test and visual inspections of pressurized water reactor components to identify and manage degradation. While this reactive approach has proven to be effective, imagine a scenario in which the degradation could propagate throughout the reactor internals, making a more proactive measure necessary to avoid a major enterprise risk to the plant. Could a utility identify the onset of degradation within the reactor internals during plant operation? If so, could a repair be developed prior to the next refueling outage to prevent additional, cascading degradation? That is exactly the situation that Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG) and Westinghouse engineers were able to navigate over the course of the 2019–2020 operating cycle at Salem Unit 1, resulting in a tremendous success for the plant and a historic landmark in the nuclear industry, while earning the team a 2021 Nuclear Energy Institute Top Innovative Practice (TIP) award.
Katherine E. Royston, Seth R. Johnson, Thomas M. Evans, Scott W. Mosher, Jonathan Naish, Bor Kos
Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 74 | Number 4 | November 2018 | Pages 303-314
Technical Paper | dx.doi.org/10.1080/15361055.2018.1504508
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Fusion energy systems pose unique challenges to the modeling and simulation community. These challenges must be met to ensure the success of the ITER experimental fusion reactor. ITER’s complex systems require detailed modeling that goes beyond the scale of comparable simulations to date. In this work, the Denovo radiation transport code was used to calculate neutron fluence and kerma for the JET streaming benchmark. This work was performed on the Titan supercomputer at the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility. Denovo is a novel three-dimensional discrete ordinates transport code designed to be highly scalable. Sensitivity studies have been completed to examine the impact of several deterministic parameters. Results were compared against experiment as well as the MCNP and Shift Monte Carlo codes.