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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.
Andrew Denig, Michael Eades
Nuclear Technology | Volume 206 | Number 8 | August 2020 | Pages 1171-1181
Technical Paper | dx.doi.org/10.1080/00295450.2020.1719798
Articles are hosted by Taylor and Francis Online.
Two methodologies for performing decay heat analysis with Monte Carlo simulations were developed and implemented on a representative nuclear thermal propulsion (NTP) system. This paper presents the underlying theory, discusses the methodology, and states the key results. This work investigated the importance of utilizing a time-dependent Q-value for fission in NTP systems due to their short burn time. Two approaches for deriving the Q-value were taken: one based on deconvolving the fission rate from the reactor power to yield the rate of fission energy deposition, and the other based on the convergence of the fission product decay power during a long burn. The fission product decay power method is hypothesized to be the more accurate representation of an NTP system as it captures more of the underlying physics occurring during burnup, such as fission product transmutation. The calculated Q-values were employed to derive decay power profiles that were compared to the current state-of-the-art NTP decay power model. According to these new models, it is shown that the cooling requirements for decay heat removal calculated with the state-of-the-art model differ from the developed methods by as much as 23.3%. There exists a need to experimentally validate, and by extension improve, the proposed methods to better understand the nature of decay heat production in NTP systems.