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U.S. reactor technologies to be featured at IAEA conference
A virtual side event at the 64th General Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency will spotlight U.S. reactor technologies. The free event, US Reactor Technologies: Flexible Energy Security for Real-World Challenges, will be held this Thursday, September 24, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. (EDT).
The event will highlight the capabilities of small modular reactors and other innovative reactors for addressing countries’ current needs. It will also examine anticipated challenges in the future, as well as underscore the need to act now.
The event is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Nuclear Energy. Advanced registration is required.
Takuya Ohno, Shinsuke Tashiro, Yuki Amano, Ryoichiro Yoshida, Hitoshi Abe
Nuclear Technology | Volume 206 | Number 1 | January 2020 | Pages 40-47
Technical Paper | dx.doi.org/10.1080/00295450.2019.1620057
Articles are hosted by Taylor and Francis Online.
Recent Japanese nuclear regulations have focused on the hazards of in-cell solvent fires at reprocessing facilities. In this work, a mixture of tributyl phosphate and dodecane-based solvents was burned to generate an aerosol composed of soot and unburned solvent that was then loaded onto a high-efficiency particulate air filter simulating the ventilation system of reprocessing facilities. A radical increase of differential pressure occurred in the filters during these tests after the dodecane burned out from the solvent in a phenomenon we named as rapid clogging, likely caused by the burnout of dodecane. This relationship provides valuable insight into the establishment of new regulations for reprocessing facilities. Moreover, an analysis of the aerosol revealed an increase in unburned solvent content and aerosol particle size generated during the rapid clogging. As such, the rapid clogging may be caused by the unburned solvent release or interactions between the soot and unburned solvent vapor. Overall, this work indicates that clogging of ventilation filters during solvent fires may occur more rapidly than previously estimated.