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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.
Kai Yao, Shengyuan Yan, Cong Chi Tran
Nuclear Technology | Volume 208 | Number 4 | April 2022 | Pages 761-774
Technical Note | doi.org/10.1080/00295450.2021.1947123
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Human error is an important factor leading to nuclear power plant (NPP) accidents. The increasing of the amount of information improves the operators’ human error probability (HEP) in the digital main control room of NPPs. Human reliability analysis (HRA) is considered to be an effective method to reduce human error. The Cognitive Reliability and Error Analysis Method (CREAM) is one of the widely accepted HRA methods. However, there are shortcomings that weaken the applicability of this method. Therefore, this research proposes a fuzzy CREAM method based on a combination of fuzzy logic theory and the CREAM method. The study considers the weight of common performance conditions (CPCs) and constructs a logical relationship between CPCs and control modes. Finally, the effectiveness of the proposed method is determined using a widely accepted method to validate the evaluation results. The validated results showed that the evaluation result has a consistency between the fuzzy CREAM method and the traditional CREAM method. They indicated that the fuzzy CREAM method can obtain reliable HEP.