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U.S. reactor technologies to be featured at IAEA conference
A virtual side event at the 64th General Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency will spotlight U.S. reactor technologies. The free event, US Reactor Technologies: Flexible Energy Security for Real-World Challenges, will be held this Thursday, September 24, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. (EDT).
The event will highlight the capabilities of small modular reactors and other innovative reactors for addressing countries’ current needs. It will also examine anticipated challenges in the future, as well as underscore the need to act now.
The event is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Nuclear Energy. Advanced registration is required.
Rodrigo Antunes, Laëtitia Frances, Marco Incelli, Alessia Santucci
Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 76 | Number 3 | April 2020 | Pages 257-261
Technical Paper | dx.doi.org/10.1080/15361055.2019.1705748
Articles are hosted by Taylor and Francis Online.
One of the reference technologies for the fuel cycle of fusion machines is Pd/Ag membranes. This technology is proposed to be implemented in tritium recovery systems because of their exclusive selectivity toward molecular hydrogen isotopes (Q = H, D, T). To perform scaling-up studies for the Tritium Extraction and Removal System of the European DEMOnstration fusion power reactor (DEMO) with a solid blanket, a one-dimensional simulation code was recently developed and successfully validated with experiments. This code relies on different operational (e.g., feed pressure and temperature), geometrical (e.g., permeator length), and membrane-intrinsic (e.g., Q2 permeability) parameters given as input. The main outcome is the Q2 permeation efficiency, defined as the Q2 permeate–to–feed flow ratio. Because of the low concentrations of Q2 expected at the He stream purging the solid blanket, the surface effects are expected to be important, decreasing the separation efficiency of the Pd/Ag permeators. In this paper the role of surface effects on the permeation efficiency is studied for a DEMO-relevant scenario (feeding mixture: HT/H2/He). Moreover, a sensitivity study is also given demonstrating the high impact of the permeation area, temperature, and feed pressure on the permeation efficiency of HT.