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A day in the life of the nuclear community
The November issue of Nuclear News is focused on the individuals who make up our nuclear community.
We invited a small group of those individuals to tell us about their day-to-day work in some of the many occupations and applications of nuclear science and technology, and they responded generously. They were ready to tell us about the part they play, together with colleagues and team members, in supplying clean energy, advancing technology, protecting safety and health, and exploring fundamental science.
In these pages, we see a community that can celebrate both those workdays that record progress moving at a steady pace and the exceptional days when a goal is reached, a briefing is delivered, a contract goes through, a discovery is made, or an unforeseen challenge is overcome.
The Nuclear News staff hopes that you enjoy meeting these members of our community—or maybe get reacquainted with friends—through their words and photos.
Daniel T. Willcox, James R. Parry
Nuclear Technology | Volume 205 | Number 10 | October 2019 | Pages 1302-1311
Technical Paper | dx.doi.org/10.1080/00295450.2019.1590075
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The Transient Reactor Test Facility has been restarted after more than 20 years in a safe standby condition. The plan to bring the reactor back into operation included a typical core characterization that was historically performed every time the core was reconfigured for a new experiment campaign. The core characterization included determining initial critical position of the control rods, a heat balance run for calibration of the nuclear instruments to enable the indication of reactor power, control rod worth measurements, and a series of three temperature-limited transients increasing in the amount of reactivity inserted as a step for the interpolation of set points for the reactor trip system and reactivity insertion limits. The heat balance and control rod worth measurements are discussed in this paper. After critical control rod position was determined, a heat balance operation was used to position the nuclear instruments for correct power indication. This was followed by control rod differential worth measurements to generate the control rod worth curves used by the automatic reactor control system for control of the reactor during transient operations. These restart evolutions are summarized here, and the results are compared to the historic measurements.