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CNSC vendor design review of eVinci microreactor to begin
Westinghouse's eVinci microreactor (Image: Westinghouse)
Westinghouse Electric Company has signed a service agreement with the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) to bring the eVinci microreactor closer to commercialization, the company announced Tuesday. The agreement initiates a vendor design review (VDR)—a prelicensing technical assessment of a company’s reactor technology.
The objective of a VDR, according to the CNSC, is to verify the acceptability of a nuclear power plant design with respect to Canadian nuclear regulatory requirements and expectations, as well as Canadian codes and standards. The review also aims to identify fundamental barriers to licensing a new design in Canada and to assure that a resolution path exists for any design issues identified.
Matthew J. Jasica, Gerald L. Kulcinski, John F. Santarius
Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 75 | Number 6 | August 2019 | Pages 526-532
Technical Paper | dx.doi.org/10.1080/15361055.2019.1602397
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The ITER divertor will feature tungsten monoblocks as the plasma-facing component (PFC) that will be subject to extreme temperature and radiation environments. This paper reports the development of surface morphologies on tungsten under helium bombardment at high temperatures, which has important implications for safety, retention, and PFC erosion. Polycrystalline tungsten samples were implanted in the Dual Advanced Ion Simultaneous Implantation Experiment dual-beam ion implantation experiment at the University of Wisconsin-Madison with He-only and simultaneous He-D implantation at incidence angles of 55 deg, ion energies of 30 keV, and surface temperatures of 900°C to 1100°C. Morphologies resulting from angled incidence conditions differed from those produced under normal incidence bombardment at similar energy and temperature conditions in previous work. A variety of ordered and disordered morphologies dependent on grain orientation were observed for fluences up to 6 × 1018 He cm−2. These morphologies displayed dependencies on crystal orientation at low fluences and incident beam directions at higher fluences. These structures appeared, with variation, under both single-species He and mixed He-D implantations.