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The consequences of closure: The local cost of shutting down a nuclear power plant
When on May 7, 2013, the Kewaunee nuclear power plant in rural Wisconsin was shut down, it took with it more than 600 full-time jobs and more than $70 million in lost wages, not including temporary employment from refueling and maintenance outages. Taking into account indirect business-to-business activity, the total economic impact of the closure of the single-unit pressurized water reactor was estimated to be more than $630 million to the surrounding three-county area.
Nuclear Science and Engineering | Volume 195 | Number 5 | May 2021 | Pages 538-554
Technical Paper | dx.doi.org/10.1080/00295639.2020.1847980
Articles are hosted by Taylor and Francis Online.
The analysis of the results of a depletion code is often considered a tedious and delicate task, for it requires both the processing of large volumes of information (the time-dependent composition of up to thousands of isotopes) and an extensive knowledge of nuclear reactions and associated nuclear data. From these observations, dedicated developments have been integrated to the upcoming version of the Monte Carlo depletion code VESTA 2.2 in order to implement an innovative representation of depletion problems. The aim is to provide users with an adaptable and efficient framework to ease the analysis of the results of the code and facilitate their interpretation. This effort ultimately culminates in the development of the representation of the isotopic evolution of a given system as a directed graph.
In this paper, it is shown that the Bateman equation encoded in the VESTA code indeed possesses a natural interpretation in terms of a directed cyclic graph, and it is proposed to explore some of the insight one can gain from the graph representation of a depletion problem. Starting from the new capabilities of the code, it is shown how one can build on the wealth of existing methods of graph theory in order to gain useful information about the nuclear reactions taking place in a material under irradiation. The graph representation of a depletion problem being especially simple in activation problems—for then only a limited number of nuclides and reactions are involved—the graph representation and its associated tools will be used to study the evolution of the structure materials of a simplified model of the ITER fusion reactor.