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New U.K. report: Young people want to know more about nuclear
Almost two-thirds of 14- to 18-year-olds in the United Kingdom would consider a career in nuclear if they knew more about it, according to a new report, Nuclear Energy: Young People’s Views on Nuclear Energy and Careers in the Nuclear Sector, from the British Science Association (BSA).
About the report: The report was conducted as part of the BSA’s Future Forum program and was funded by Urenco, an international supplier of uranium enrichment services and fuel cycle products, as part of its commitment to education and skills development.
The report centered around an initial survey of 1,000 14- to 18-year-olds in England, Scotland, and Wales, with two follow-up workshops that were attended by 39 young people, providing the opportunity for more detailed responses.
S. Esnouf, A. Dannoux-Papin, C. Chapuzet, V. Roux-Serret, V. Piovesan, F. Cochin
Nuclear Technology | Volume 208 | Number 12 | December 2022 | Pages 1806-1821
Technical Paper | doi.org/10.1080/00295450.2022.2081481
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The French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission and Orano have developed a modeling tool named the Simulation TOol Of RAdiolysis Gas Emission (STORAGE) for assessing gas generation of intermediate-level waste (ILW). The first version of this model was designed to estimate gas (more specifically hydrogen) production by radiolysis of organic and water-containing materials.
The code deals with different types of waste packages: metal drums, concrete drums, bitumen packages, and compacted waste containers. Diverse radioactive waste can be handled: spent fuel cladding, reprocessing sludge, contaminated technological waste (gloves, bags, bottles, etc.), ion exchange resin, etc.
The validity of the model was evaluated using a series of measurements performed on U,Pu–contaminated solid waste from the Orano plutonium laboratories at the MELOX facility. A benchmark study for compacted waste containers was also implemented; the results of STORAGE were compared with reference calculations performed by Orano Projets.
Future improvements of the STORAGE model are also presented.