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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.
Thomas Holschuh, Scott Watson, David Chichester
Nuclear Technology | Volume 205 | Number 10 | October 2019 | Pages 1336-1345
Technical Paper | dx.doi.org/10.1080/00295450.2019.1599613
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The Transient Reactor Test (TREAT) facility, located at Idaho National Laboratory, restarted transient operations in 2018 following an extended shutdown. It is of interest to establish a methodology and capability to obtain an accurate estimate of the total number of fissions produced in a fissionable test item during a transient at TREAT. Uranium wires were irradiated in TREAT as part of a transient prescription test program, and gamma-ray spectrometry was performed on the wires following irradiation using a high-purity germanium detector. Many fission products are useful for estimating the number of fissions produced in a sample using gamma-ray spectrometry; at TREAT with the time periods used for analysis, the isotopes of interest include 95Zr, 95Nb, 103Ru, 140Ba, and 140La. The number of fissions per gram of 235U determined from these measurements establishes an estimate for future experiments to be performed in the core when a similar configuration is used with a similar transient prescription.