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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.
Benjamin M. Chase, Anthony W. LaPorta, James R. Parry
Nuclear Technology | Volume 205 | Number 10 | October 2019 | Pages 1312-1324
Technical Paper | dx.doi.org/10.1080/00295450.2019.1585162
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A core characterization process was completed as part of the Transient Reactor Test Facility (TREAT) restart project. The core characterization process is normally performed following a reconfiguration of the TREAT core. This characterization process includes performance of three temperature-limited transients. Prior to performing the transients, analysis is performed using KENO-VI to determine the high-temperature locations and the initiating reactivities for each transient. The point-kinetics code Simulating TREAT Reactor Kinetics (STREK) is used to estimate the peak power, peak temperature, and total energy deposition in the core. STREK also provides plots of pertinent parameters as functions of time to observe time-dependent behavior of the transient. After the transients are complete, the resulting data from these transients are used to develop operating limits for continued operation with the core configuration being characterized. The three transients for the characterization are performed in a progression of increasing initiating reactivity. The first transient has an initiating reactivity of 1.8%Δk/k. The second transient has an initiating reactivity of 3.0%Δk/k. The third transient has an initiating reactivity of 3.85%Δk/k. After the first two transients are performed, a two-point extrapolation of the data is used to determine a temporary estimate of the core operating limits. Once the third transient is complete, the resulting data are fit to an equation, and a three-point extrapolation of the operating limits for the core configuration is generated. This completes the characterization process and provides conservative limits for transient operation of TREAT.