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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.
Byeong-Il Jang, Moo Hwan Kim, Gyoodong Jeun
Nuclear Technology | Volume 177 | Number 2 | February 2012 | Pages 203-216
Technical Paper | Thermal Hydraulics | dx.doi.org/10.13182/NT12-A13366
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Research regarding small- and medium-sized nuclear reactors (SMRs) has increased because of multipurpose applications and increased safety. According to this tendency, a new conceptual nuclear reactor, the Regional Energy rX-10MWt (REX-10), is being designed. REX-10 adopts a way to remove heat by natural circulation and integrates the primary systems within a reactor pressure vessel. To evaluate the steady-state and transient behavior of natural circulation in REX-10, a NAtural Circulation TEst Reactor (NACTER) is designed using the scaling law. The ratio of the height and core power are 1/3 and 1/500, respectively.This research can be divided into three parts - a steady-state experiment, a transient experiment, and MARS (Multidimensional Analysis for Research Safety) code analysis. To investigate the natural circulation characteristics under the steady-state conditions, two parameters were chosen and various experiments were conducted. As a result of the steady-state experiment, we show that the most important parameter that affects the natural circulation behavior is the heater power. In addition, we carried out a transient experiment. The results of the transient experiment are that the NACTER facility is well controlled and guarantees safety in abrupt changes in experimental conditions. Finally, MARS code simulations were conducted. The MARS code results show good agreement with the experimental results.