ANS is committed to advancing, fostering, and promoting the development and application of nuclear sciences and technologies to benefit society.
Explore the many uses for nuclear science and its impact on energy, the environment, healthcare, food, and more.
Operations & Power
Members focus on the dissemination of knowledge and information in the area of power reactors with particular application to the production of electric power and process heat. The division sponsors meetings on the coverage of applied nuclear science and engineering as related to power plants, non-power reactors, and other nuclear facilities. It encourages and assists with the dissemination of knowledge pertinent to the safe and efficient operation of nuclear facilities through professional staff development, information exchange, and supporting the generation of viable solutions to current issues.
Nuclear and Emerging Technologies for Space (NETS 2023)
May 7–11, 2023
Idaho Falls, ID|Snake River Event Center
The Standards Committee is responsible for the development and maintenance of voluntary consensus standards that address the design, analysis, and operation of components, systems, and facilities related to the application of nuclear science and technology. Find out What’s New, check out the Standards Store, or Get Involved today!
Latest Magazine Issues
Latest Journal Issues
Nuclear Science and Engineering
Fusion Science and Technology
Donalds, Barnard call for streamlining NRC’s regulatory process
“To be frank, any emissions-related climate goals are moonshots without nuclear energy, and next-generation nuclear technology is something that the United States can and SHOULD lead on.” So writes U.S. Rep. Byron Donalds (R., Fla.) and Christopher Barnard, vice president of external affairs for the American Conservation Coalition, in an essay published by RealClear Energy.
Good news: Donalds, one of the strongest advocates for nuclear energy in the U.S. House, and Barnard, publisher and coauthor of Green Market Revolution, begin their essay by noting some recent positive developments for nuclear power. They characterize the initial criticality of Vogtle-3, the first new nuclear reactor built in the United States in about 30 years, as “a monumental achievement for the American nuclear industry.” They praise the Biden administration’s allocation of funds to keep established nuclear plants operational.
Yunzhao Li, Hongchun Wu, Liangzhi Cao
Nuclear Science and Engineering | Volume 174 | Number 2 | June 2013 | Pages 163-171
Technical Paper | doi.org/10.13182/NSE11-111
Articles are hosted by Taylor and Francis Online.
The isotropic simplified spherical harmonics (SP3) method is employed to cast the neutron transport equation into a coupled set of two equations each of which shares identical mathematical form with the neutron diffusion equation. An exponential function expansion nodal (EFEN) method is presented for an arbitrary triangular grid and implemented to solve the coupled SP3 equations. The EFEN method couples adjacent nodes by defining partial currents on each interface and expanding the detailed flux distribution within each node into a sum of exponential functions to obtain a response matrix between the incoming and outgoing partial currents and a neutron balance condition for each node to obtain the nodal average flux. Numerical results demonstrate that both keff and power distributions agree well with other codes. We find comparable accuracy in most situations, and the new method appears to be faster than the other codes even in cases where EFEN requires a finer unstructured mesh.