Detoxing Nuclear Waste using Molten Salts: Can Nuclear Power be Unchained from Nuclear Proliferation?

Abstract: Regardless of aqueous and non-aqueous techniques, conventional reprocessing is not accessible for many countries running nuclear power plants due to Pu diversion concerns. Considering that only some of the fission products present in used nuclear fuel dominate the environmental impact of a final waste repository, removing them selectively whilst retaining the actinides in solid

Designing, modeling, and executing experiments at the Annular Core Research Reactor

Abstract: After a 35-year hiatus, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is executing a series of experiments looking at the thermostructural response of materials at the Annular Core Research Reactor (ACRR).  The purpose of these experiments is to help validate a radiation transport code and a finite element structural code used at the laboratory.  The radiation transport

Status of the Versatile Test Reactor program

3105 Etcheverry Hall 3105 Etcheverry Hall, Berkeley, CA, United States

Abstract: The Versatile Test Reactor (VTR) program is aiming at designing and building an advanced test reactor in the U.S. within 10 years. This reactor will bridge the current capability gap in irradiation capabilities, effectively supporting development of all types of advanced reactors through enabling accelerated material and fuel testing. At this stage, the VTR

The Single Volume Camera Project Overview

3105 Etcheverry Hall 3105 Etcheverry Hall, Berkeley, CA, United States

Co-Hosted with NSSC Abstract: The Single Volume Scatter Camera (SVSC) Collaboration is multi-institution effort lead by Sandia National Laboratories to develop portable neutron imaging systems for a variety of applications in non-proliferation and arms control. Current state-of-the-art kinematic neutron imaging systems consist of distributed scintillator volumes in which the position, time, and energy of multiple

How to Deliver the Goods Through Application of Quality Assurance Principles

3105 Etcheverry Hall 3105 Etcheverry Hall, Berkeley, CA, United States

Abstract: This colloquium will discuss why it is important to embrace quality assurance principles for research programs in order to create a competitive advantage, enhance the research reputation, and gain customer confidence: "delivering the goods". Bio: Mr. Daren Jensen is the owner of Optimum Performance Solutions consulting and has over thirty-three years of experience in

Tritium Behavior in Materials Related to Nuclear Fusion Engineering

179 Stanley Hall 179 Stanley Hall, Berkeley, CA, United States

Abstract: To design a fusion reactor with tritium self-sufficiency, and for safe operation of molten salt reactors, it is essential to understand tritium chemical and mass transport behavior in the coolant and the solid structural materials. In order to operate a fusion reactor continuously, tritium must be produced in the blanket of the fusion reactor,

The Future of China’s Nuclear Power Program

Abstract: China today, after three decades of forced development and deployments, is poised to become the world's leading nuclear power country during the first half of this century. If China succeeds, it will surpass all advanced nuclear power countries that failed so far to effect a transition from light-water reactors to fast reactors with a

Investigating Uranium(VI) Sorption and Mobility in Future Nuclear Waste Repositories

3105 Etcheverry Hall 3105 Etcheverry Hall, Berkeley, CA, United States

Abstract: Most nuclear waste repository options include an engineered barrier system surrounding waste containers in order to minimize the release of radioactive contaminants into the environment after waste package failure and waste form degradation. The proposed buffer material in these barrier systems is compacted bentonite, a natural, geologic material largely consisting of montmorillonite clay. Uranium

Plutonium and Uranium from Weapons Testing

3111 Etcheverry Hall

Abstract: It’s not immediately intuitive to think of an explosion as a reducing environment. After all, a conventional explosion is an oxidative process. In the case of a nuclear explosion; however, it has been known since 1975 that large amounts of iron in the surrounding environment can be reduced to its ferrous form.1 An explanation

The State of the Nuclear Industry, Dr. Kurt Edsinger, Director of Materials & Advanced Nuclear at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)

3105 Etcheverry Hall 3105 Etcheverry Hall, Berkeley, CA, United States

Abstract: In many ways, nuclear power has never been more needed than right now, but the challenges that nuclear power is experiencing in many parts of the world are substantial and largely tied to economics.  In the U.S., plants are shutting down before the end of their licensed lifetime. There are several factors at play,

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