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Illinois lifts ban on some new nuclear construction
Illinois Gov. J. B. Pritzker returned to the good graces of the nuclear community last Friday, signing H.B. 2473, a bill that partially lifts the state’s decades-long moratorium on new nuclear power builds by permitting the construction of small modular reactors.
Pritzker had vetoed similar legislation, S.B. 76, in August, saying in a veto message that the bill included an overly broad definition of “advanced reactors,” which would “open the door to the proliferation of large-scale nuclear reactors that are so costly to build that they will cause exorbitant ratepayer-funded bailouts.” Pritzker had also asserted that S.B. 76 lacked “regulatory protections or updates to address the health and safety of Illinois residents who would live and work around these new reactors.”
Zongwei Wang, Qi Wang, Xuesen Zhao, Yong Hu, Dangzhong Gao, Jie Meng, Xing Tang, Xiaojun Ma
Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 75 | Number 4 | May 2019 | Pages 308-316
Technical Paper | doi.org/10.1080/15361055.2019.1565855
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Noncontact radiography is developed to determine the doping concentration of inertial confinement fusion shells based on an improved equivalent absorption method by real-time X-ray imaging. Elements of high atomic number (high-Z)/middle atomic number (mid-Z) are doped into the shells to prevent hot electrons from preheating the fuel and to restrain the growth of hydromechanic instability. In this paper, an improved equivalent absorption model is developed to determine doping concentration by real-time X-ray imaging. Compared to contact radiography (CR) with film imaging, this technique can be used to obtain doping concentrations at different angles as a supplement to the CR method, even if the dynamic range of a charge-coupled device is less than film imaging. Experiments are carried out to determine the doping concentrations of Ge-doped and Si-doped shells. Uncertainties of the results are analyzed, and the expanded uncertainties are approximated to 0.1 at. % (K = 2, confidence factor). The experimental results show that there is a high level of agreement between this method and energy dispersive spectroscopy with the modified model.