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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.
Chad L. Pope, Colby B. Jensen, Douglas M. Gerstner, James R. Parry
Nuclear Technology | Volume 205 | Number 10 | October 2019 | Pages 1378-1386
Technical Note | dx.doi.org/10.1080/00295450.2019.1599615
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The Transient Reactor Test (TREAT) facility was designed and built in the late 1950s. The air-cooled reactor design incorporates fuel composed of highly enriched uranium dispersed in graphite with a 10 000:1 carbon-to-uranium atom ratio to provide a very fast-acting highly negative temperature coefficient of reactivity. The reactor utilizes a forced-air-cooling system for decay heat removal, with a primary function of reducing the time at temperature (oxidation) of the reactor fuel cladding. The simple design with lack of a cooling system pressure boundary provides relatively easy access for instrumentation and experiments. The large thermal mass of the reactor and the simple design allow for high-power transients approaching 18 000 MW in an inherently safe manner. The simple design has allowed TREAT to operate successfully for 35 years before being placed in standby in 1994 and subsequently restarted in 2017 after more than 20 years of standby to continue the transient fuel testing mission in the United States. This technical note addresses the reactor design and experiment capabilities.