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National Museum of Nuclear Science and History explores “atomic” culture
For many of us, the toys of our childhood leave indelible marks on our consciousness, affecting our long-term perceptions and attitudes about certain things. Hot Wheels may inspire a lifelong fascination with fast, flashy automobiles, while Barbies might shape ideas about beauty and self-image. For the generation who grew up during the Atomic Age—the post–World War II era from roughly the mid-1940s to the early 1960s—the toys, games, and entertainment of their childhoods might have included things like atomic pistols, atomic trains, rings with tiny amounts of radioactive elements, and comic books, puzzles, and music about nuclear weapons.
Richard L. Reed, Eva C. Uribe, Louise G. Evans
Nuclear Technology | Volume 209 | Number 1 | January 2023 | Pages 105-114
Technical Paper | doi.org/10.1080/00295450.2022.2109098
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This work presents a novel monitoring method for detecting material loss from the decay inventory of the molten salt breeder reactor (MSBR) by monitoring for changes to the system dynamics using an isotopic ratio. The isotopic masses in the decay inventory of a MSBR were simulated under several material loss scenarios. In each case, the ratio of 231Pa to 233Pa served as a sensitive and lasting indicator of material loss. This isotope ratio quickly decreased outside the normal range after a material loss, and the ratio remained depressed for several years after the loss. The dynamics of this ratio were driven by the periodic batch discard from the decay inventory every 220 days, which was specified in the MSBR design to periodically remove fission product buildup. For this method, isotopic ratios were found to be rapid and enduring indicators of inventory change if they comprise a pair with a short half-life (e.g., 233Pa) and a long half-life (e.g., 231Pa) relative to the effective half-life induced by the driving system process (e.g., the batch discard cycle). Using such an isotope pair enabled a method to monitor for changes to the effective half-life of the system and by extension changes to the system inputs and outputs.