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Metz on Harold Denton: Memories of a life in nuclear safety
A number of years ago, historian and writer Chuck Metz Jr. was at the Bush’s Visitor Center in Tennessee’s Great Smoky Mountains when he ran into former Nuclear Regulatory Commission official Harold Denton and his wife. Metz was at the visitor center, which opened in 2010 and is now a tourist hotspot, because, as he explained to the Dentons at the time, he had overseen the development of its on-site museum and had written a companion coffee-table history book.
The chance meeting turned into a friendship and a fruitful collaboration. Denton, who in 1979 was the public spokesperson for the NRC as the Three Mile Island-2 accident unfolded, had been working on his memoir, but he was stuck. He asked Metz for help with the organization and compilation of his notes. “I was about to retire,” Metz said, “but I thought that exploring the nuclear world might be an interesting change of pace.”
Denton passed away in 2017, but by then Metz had spent many hours with his fast friend and was able to complete the memoir, Three Mile Island and Beyond: Memories of a Life in Nuclear Safety, which was published recently by ANS. Metz shared some of his thoughts about Denton and the book with Nuclear News. The interview was conducted by NN’s David Strutz.
E. Gayton, L. Crosatti, D. L. Sadowski, S. I. Abdel-Khalik, M. Yoda, S. Malang
Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 56 | Number 1 | July 2009 | Pages 75-79
Divertor and High Heat Flux Components | Eighteenth Topical Meeting on the Technology of Fusion Energy (Part 1) | dx.doi.org/10.13182/FST09-31
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The helium-cooled plate-type divertor concept proposed by Malang was designed to accommodate a surface heat load of ~10 MW/m2. This design can potentially reduce the number of modules needed for the divertor by over two orders of magnitude compared with other concepts, thereby significantly reducing coolant delivery system complexity and manufacturing costs. While previous analyses have predicted that the plate design can accommodate heat fluxes of 10 MW/m2, no experimental data have been published to date to validate such analyses. Experiments have therefore been conducted using air as the coolant at Reynolds numbers similar to those proposed for the actual helium-coolant operating conditions on an instrumented test module with cross-sectional geometry identical to the prototypical plate-type divertor. A second test module where the planar jet exiting the inlet manifold is replaced by a two-dimensional hexagonal array of circular jets over the entire top surface of the inlet manifold has also been tested. The thermal performance of both test modules with and without a porous metallic foam layer in the gap between the outer surface of the inlet manifold and the cooled surfaces was directly compared to test the numerical simulations of Sharafat which predict that the metallic foam significantly enhances heat transfer.