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From the pages of Nuclear News: Industry update November 2023
Here is a recap of industry happenings from the recent past:
Centrus-Oklo partnership expands
Oklo, a California-based developer of next-generation fission reactors, has expanded its partnership with Centrus Energy, a Maryland-based supplier of nuclear fuel and services. The two companies have been cooperating since 2021 on the development of Centrus’s American Centrifuge Plant in Piketon, Ohio, to produce high-assay low-enriched uranium (HALEU) fuel. According to the companies’ new memorandum of understanding, Centrus will manufacture certain components for Oklo’s Aurora “powerhouse” reactor, a fast neutron reactor designed to generate up to 15 MW of power and operate for at least 10 years without refueling. The Aurora is also designed to produce usable heat. Centrus also has agreed to purchase electricity generated by the Aurora reactors, while Oklo has agreed to purchase HALEU fuel from the Piketon facility. The facility is expected to begin fuel production before the end of the year.
A. Bousbia Salah, S. C. Ceuca, R. Puragliesi, R. Mukin, A. Grahn, S. Kliem, J. Vlassenbroeck, H. Austregesilo
Nuclear Technology | Volume 203 | Number 3 | September 2018 | Pages 293-314
Technical Paper | doi.org/10.1080/00295450.2018.1461517
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Advanced three-dimensional (3-D) computational tools are increasingly being used to simulate complex phenomena occurring during scenarios involving operational transients and accidents in nuclear power plants. Among these scenarios, one can mention the asymmetric coolant mixing under natural-circulation flow regimes. This issue motivated some detailed experimental investigations carried out within the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development/Nuclear Energy Agency PKL projects. The aim was not only to assess the mixing phenomenon in the reactor pressure vessel but also to provide experimental data for computer code validations and more specifically thermal-hydraulic system codes with 3-D capabilities. In the current study, the ROCOM/PKL-3 T2.3 experimental test is assessed using, on one hand, thermal-hydraulic system codes with 3-D capabilities and, on the other hand, computational fluid dynamics computational tools. The results emphasize the capabilities and the differences among the considered computational tools as well as their suitability for such purposes.