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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.
Haining Zhou, Volkan Seker, Thomas Downar
Nuclear Technology | Volume 206 | Number 6 | June 2020 | Pages 839-861
Technical Paper | dx.doi.org/10.1080/00295450.2020.1746620
Articles are hosted by Taylor and Francis Online.
The paper presents a self-adaptive feature selection algorithm we developed for solving high-dimensional uncertainty quantification problems. The development of the algorithm was motivated and supported by the benchmarking of the Transient Reactor Test (TREAT) transient test 2857. The generalized polynomial chaos expansion scheme was adopted to decompose the response functions. Our algorithm was applied to select the dominant basis from the candidate polynomial basis in a self-adaptive manner by assigning weights to the polynomial basis and adjusting the weights using the least absolute shrinkage and selection operator regularization–estimated coefficients through iterations. The developed algorithm can recognize the significant basis terms in the polynomial expansion of the response functions and therefore build a sparse polynomial expansion using a limited number of samples. The algorithm was implemented and verified through three different TREAT modeling cases. The testing results demonstrated the general stability and prediction performance of our algorithm and provided useful information about the uncertainty mechanism of the TREAT transient test 2857.