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Members focus on the dissemination of knowledge and information in the area of power reactors with particular application to the production of electric power and process heat. The division sponsors meetings on the coverage of applied nuclear science and engineering as related to power plants, non-power reactors, and other nuclear facilities. It encourages and assists with the dissemination of knowledge pertinent to the safe and efficient operation of nuclear facilities through professional staff development, information exchange, and supporting the generation of viable solutions to current issues.
Conference on Nuclear Training and Education: A Biennial International Forum (CONTE 2023)
February 6–9, 2023
Amelia Island, FL|Omni Amelia Island Resort
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Nuclear energy: enabling production of food, fiber, hydrocarbon biofuels, and negative carbon emissions
In the 1960s, Alvin Weinberg at Oak Ridge National Laboratory initiated a series of studies on nuclear agro-industrial complexes1 to address the needs of the world’s growing population. Agriculture was a central component of these studies, as it must be. Much of the emphasis was on desalination of seawater to provide fresh water for irrigation of crops. Remarkable advances have lowered the cost of desalination to make that option viable in countries like Israel. Later studies2 asked the question, are there sufficient minerals (potassium, phosphorous, copper, nickel, etc.) to enable a prosperous global society assuming sufficient nuclear energy? The answer was a qualified “yes,” with the caveat that mineral resources will limit some technological options. These studies were defined by the characteristic of looking across agricultural and industrial sectors to address multiple challenges using nuclear energy.
Tyler R. Steiner, Emily N. Hutchins, Richard H. Howard
Nuclear Technology | Volume 208 | Number 1 | January 2022 | Pages 100-114
Technical Paper | doi.org/10.1080/00295450.2021.1879582
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Nuclear thermal propulsion (NTP) demonstrated a reported technology readiness level of 5 during the work performed in the 1950s–1970s under the Rover program. This level of capability was achieved through the design, construction, and use of 22 experimental ground tests. These experiments served as testbeds for designs, materials, and instrumentation at prototypical NTP conditions. To continue the investigation into NTP system materials, components, and fuels, a modern experimental testbed has been designed and implemented. A steady-state, high-temperature, subscale, in-pile testbed has been developed to continue this investigation. The In-Pile Experiment Set Apparatus (INSET) has demonstrated that it can be used to test samples under two NTP prototypical environmental factors: temperature and neutron fluence. The demonstration using The Ohio State University Research Reactor is presented here. This demonstration required INSET to maintain a thermal environment below 1070 K for 15 min during a 5-h irradiation to achieve a neutron fluence around 1017 n/cm2.