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How will you celebrate Nuclear Science Week?
It’s the third week of October, and Nuclear Science Week, first recognized in 2009, has arrived! Nuclear Science Week is an annual opportunity to celebrate nuclear science; recognize the professionals who apply it to solving the world’s most pressing problems; encourage nuclear professional development and networking; and share information with students, educators, and community members about the vital role of nuclear science in the lives of all people.
Hangbok Choi, Robert W. Schleicher
Nuclear Technology | Volume 200 | Number 2 | November 2017 | Pages 106-124
Technical Paper | dx.doi.org/10.1080/00295450.2017.1364064
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The Energy Multiplier Module (EM2) is a helium-cooled fast reactor with a core outlet temperature of 850°C. It is designed as a modular, grid-capable power source with a net unit output of 265 MWe. The reactor employs a convert-and-burn core design that converts fertile isotopes to fissile and burns them in situ over a 30-year core life. The reactor is sited in a below-grade sealed containment. It uses passive safety methods for heat removal and reactivity control to protect the integrity of the fuel, reactor vessel, and containment. The plant also incorporates a below-grade, passively cooled spent fuel storage facility with capacity for 60 years of full-power operation. EM2 employs a direct closed-cycle gas turbine power conversion unit (PCU) with an organic Rankine bottoming cycle for 53% net power conversion efficiency assuming evaporative cooling. The high-power conversion efficiency and long-burn fuel cycle reduce the electricity cost by 35% when compared with the conventional light water reactor.
The conceptual design has been conducted for the EM2 plant with focus on the reactor, fuel, and safety system designs. A detailed model of the passive direct reactor auxiliary cooling system was created to demonstrate functionality for selected design-basis accidents. The bench-scale fuel development campaign demonstrated high-quality uranium carbide pellet fabrication as well as β-SiC composite cladding and SiC-joining technologies. Irradiation tests of reactor materials are also being conducted. The PCU variable-speed generator mechanical design was validated with operational testing of its novel rotor at speeds >13 000 rpm. The design of the turbo-compressor with active magnetic bearings continues. A large cost database and financial model have been constructed for use as a key driver for the design to be economically competitive with competing generating technologies after 2030.