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Matthew Denman: On Probabilistic Risk Assessment
Probabilistic risk assessment is a systematic methodology for evaluating risks associated with a complex engineered technology such as nuclear energy. PRA risk is defined in terms of possible detrimental outcomes of an activity or action, and as such, risk is characterized by three quantities: what can go wrong, the likelihood of the problem, and the resulting consequences of the problem.
Matthew Denman is principal engineer for reliability engineering at Kairos Power and the chair of the American Nuclear Society and American Society of Mechanical Engineers Joint Committee on Nuclear Risk Management’s Subcommittee of Standards Development. As a college student at the University of Florida, Denman took a course on PRA but didn’t enjoy it, because he did not see its connection to the nuclear power industry. Later, during his Ph.D. study at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, his advisor was Neil Todreas, a well-known thermal hydraulics expert. Todreas was working on a project with George Apostolakis, who would leave MIT to become a commissioner of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The project, “Risk Informing the Design of the Sodium-Cooled Fast Reactor,” was a multi-university effort funded through a Department of Energy Nuclear Energy Research Initiative (NERI) grant. Todreas and Apostolakis were joined in this project by a who’s who of nuclear academia, including Andy Kadak (MIT, ANS past president [1999–2000]), Mike Driscoll (MIT), Mike Golay (MIT), Mike Lineberry (Idaho State University, former ANS treasurer), Rich Denning (Ohio State University), and Tunc Aldemir (Ohio State University).
ANS Young Members Group Spotlight on National Labs
May 20, 2020|11:00AM–12:30PM (12:00–1:30PM EDT)
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Learn about NREL's history and how the lab is leading the way in advancing clean energy technologies and their integration into the global energy system, including evaluation of multi-technology, multi-sectoral solutions with nuclear energy. NREL applies its expertise worldwide to scale up use of advanced renewable energy technologies for the power, transport, buildings, and industrial sectors and optimize overall energy system performance. They have extensive experience in adapting and applying energy solutions for countries and all regions throughout the world. Hear about the clean energy jobs of the future, energy transformations, and opportunities to engage internationally across various technologies and with multiple stakeholders.
From its start in 1977 to today, NREL has pushed the boundaries of what's possible. For over 40 years, NREL has expanded American prosperity and security through world-class research. NREL is the federal laboratory dedicated to research, development, commercialization, and deployment of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. NREL focuses on creative answers to today's energy challenges. From breakthroughs in fundamental science to new clean technologies to integrated energy systems that power our lives, NREL researchers are transforming the way the nation and the world use energy.