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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.
S. Smolentsev, T. Rhodes, Y. Yan, A. Tassone, C. Mistrangelo, L. Bühler, F. R. Urgorri
Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 76 | Number 5 | July 2020 | Pages 653-669
Technical Paper | dx.doi.org/10.1080/15361055.2020.1751378
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In “An Approach to Verification and Validation of MHD Codes for Fusion Applications” [S. Smolentsev et al., Fusion Eng. Des., Vol. 100, p. 65 (2015)], an effort for verification and validation of computer codes for liquid metal flows in a magnetic field for fusion cooling/breeding applications was initiated. The current study continues that effort. A group of experts in computational magnetohydrodynamics from several institutions in the United States and Europe performed a code-to-code comparison for the selected reference case of a mixed-convection buoyancy-opposed magnetohydrodynamic flow of eutectic lead-lithium (PbLi) alloy in a thin-wall conducting square duct at Hartmann number Ha = 220, Reynolds number Re = 3040, and Grashof number Gr = 2.88 × 107. As shown, the reference flow demonstrates a boundary layer separation in the heated region and formation of a reversed flow zone. The results of the comparison suggest that all five solvers predict well the key flow features but have moderate quantitative differences, in particular, in the location of the separation point. Also, two of the codes are more computationally dissipative, showing no velocity and temperature oscillations.