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Sustainable nuclear energy moves a step closer
In future a new generation of nuclear reactors will create energy, while producing virtually no long-lasting nuclear waste, according to research conducted by Wilfred van Rooijen, who will receive his Delft University of Technology Ph.D. degree based on this research subject on Tuesday, December 12. (2006-12-11)

Kansas State University uses $1.5 million grant to upgrade nuclear reactor
Kansas State University's nuclear reactor control is getting a much-needed upgrade, funded by a $1.5 million Nuclear Engineering University Partnerships grant from the US Department of Energy. (2015-09-28)

Queen's engineers receive $6.9M to build nuclear materials testing facility
Rick Holt and Mark Daymond, professors of mechanical and materials engineering at Queen's University, recently received $6.9 million to support their work testing nuclear materials in a simulated reactor environment. (2009-06-24)

National Research Project Focuses On Nuclear Reactors
Purdue University researchers are leading a national effort to ensure the safety and efficiency of the next generation of nuclear power plants. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has established the Institute of Thermal-Hydraulics at Purdue's School of Nuclear Engineering. (1998-04-29)

Making nuclear power more attractive
Increasing the safety and reliability of nuclear power as a solution for satisfying energy needs is the challenge addressed by a new initiative announced today. The £6.1 million Keeping the Nuclear Option Open programme will investigate how nuclear power can become a more appealing option for future energy production. (2005-11-01)

K-State project aims to make sodium-cooled nuclear reactors safe, efficient
Proposals to reduce America's heavy dependence on foreign oil are helping to renew interest in nuclear energy. At Kansas State University, the goal is to help make that energy source as safe as possible. (2007-06-18)

FSU research group wins $1 million grant to study nuclear fuels
A Florida State University researcher has received a $1 million, five-year grant from the US Department of Energy for a study that could lead to the design of better nuclear fuels and safer and more efficient reactors to generate nuclear power. (2009-06-26)

TPU researchers discover how to improve safety of nuclear power plants
Researchers at Tomsk Polytechnic University found a method to increase fuel lifetime by 75%. According to the research team, it will significantly increase safety and reduce the operating cost of nuclear power plants in hard-to-reach areas. (2020-02-14)

Study provides insights on sources of environmental contamination following Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster
Four years after Japan's Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant disaster that led to major releases of radioactivity to environment, questions still remain regarding the original sources of radioactive contamination. (2016-01-19)

NRC rewards Penn State nuclear engineering efforts
Penn State's nuclear engineering program, part of the mechanical engineering department, has received nearly $1 million from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in the areas of education, faculty development and curriculum development to boost nuclear education and expand the workforce in nuclear and nuclear-related disciplines. (2009-12-10)

University of Tennessee receives DOE funds to improve nuclear safety
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, will take part in two US Department of Energy projects totaling more than nine million dollars which involve a team of institutions to improve upon nuclear energy safety and efficiency. (2012-10-11)

CASL milestone validates reactor model using TVA data
Today, the Consortium for Advanced Simulation of Light Water Reactors (CASL) announced that its scientists have successfully completed the first full-scale simulation of an operating nuclear reactor. CASL is modeling nuclear reactors on supercomputers to help researchers better understand reactor performance with much higher reliability than previously available methods, with the goal of ultimately increasing power output, extending reactor life, and reducing waste. (2013-07-10)

Kursk sub's risk of leaking radiation minimized by built-in protections, health physicist says
Disagreeing with recent comments made by a Russian environmentalist on the possibility of radiation leaking from the sunken Kursk submarine, a health physicist states that nuclear sub design has several built-in defenses that minimizes such risks. (2000-08-21)

Consortium to enhance Big Ten university research and training reactors
Nuclear energy is not dead, and the near and long term future of the university research and training reactors received a boost when the U.S. Department of Energy awarded a consortium of four Big Ten universities nearly $2 million a year for the next five years. (2002-10-17)

Tungsten 'too brittle' for nuclear fusion reactors
Researchers find tungsten -- a favored choice of metal within the reactor -- is liable to become brittle, leading to failure. (2018-04-13)

Coatings for nuclear fuel preventing explosions in reactors, developed at TPU
Physicists from Tomsk Polytechnic University are creating protective titanium nitride-based coatings for shells of fuel elements (fuel rods) of nuclear reactors. Such shells can significantly reduce hydrogenation of containers in which nuclear fuel is placed, extend their service life and protect reactor from explosion like at the Fukusima radiation disaster. (2017-05-15)

Using supercomputers to explore nuclear energy
A new computer algorithm developed by researchers at the US Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory allows scientists to view nuclear fission in much finer detail than ever before. (2010-01-22)

Radioactive waste disposal could be safer and cheaper
Scientists from Tomsk Polytechnic University and Rosatom have developed a technology to reprocess irradiated reactor graphite by evaporation. This technology allows making radioactive waste disposal safer and economically feasible. (2016-04-26)

MIT: Lack of fuel may limit US nuclear power expansion
Limited supplies of fuel for nuclear power plants may thwart the renewed and growing interest in nuclear energy in the United States and other nations, says an MIT expert on the industry. (2007-03-21)

ORNL supports new projects to develop advanced nuclear technologies
Researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory will support two new DOE-funded projects to explore, develop and demonstrate advanced nuclear reactor technologies. (2016-01-21)

Government introduces new legislation to restart nuclear reactor
The Honorable Gary Lunn, Minister of Natural Resources, and the Honorable Tony Clement, Minister of Health, today announced that the government of Canada has introduced legislation mandating Atomic Energy of Canada Limited to restart its National Research Universal reactor safely. (2007-12-12)

MIT, Tshinghua U. collaborate on advanced nuclear reactor
Researchers at MIT and Tsinghua University in Beijing will collaborate on the development of a pebble-bed nuclear reactor, thanks to an international agreement between the U.S. Department of Energy and the China Atomic Energy Authority. The reactor could become a cost-competitive, meltdown-proof alternative to today's commercial nuclear power plants. (2003-10-23)

INL-led team achieves nuclear fuel performance milestone
Researchers at the US Department of Energy's Idaho National Laboratory, in partnership with three other science and engineering powerhouses, reached a major domestic milestone relating to nuclear fuel performance on March 8. (2008-03-10)

New paper examines issues raised by Fukushima reactor accident
As the one-year anniversary of the Fukushima Daiichi reactor accident is marked on March 11, a new paper by Peter C. Burns, Henry Massman Professor of Civil Engineering and Geological Sciences at the University of Notre Dame and colleagues from the University of Michigan and the University of California, Davis, stresses that we need much more knowledge about how nuclear fuel interacts with the environment during and after an accident. (2012-03-08)

Longer service lives for European nuclear power stations
New nuclear power stations are being built on all sides of Germany and service lives for existing facilities extended. It is therefore important that German experts remain able to assess the safety of the nuclear power stations in neighboring countries. For this reason, scientists from Germany have participated in the LONGLIFE Project which was coordinated by the Helmholtz Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf. The partners in the project have investigated how pressure vessels of nuclear power stations age. (2014-01-20)

Patients will face delays in getting diagnostic scans due to severe shortage of imaging agents
A global shortage of medical isotopes used in over 80 percent of routine diagnostic nuclear imaging procedures such as heart imaging, bone scans and some cancer detection procedures, will cause delays and cancellations to diagnostic examinations across the UK and Europe in the next few weeks, predict experts on today. (2008-09-05)

China needs improved administrative system for nuclear power safety
The People's Republic of China should improve its system for ensuring the safety of its rapidly expanding nuclear power program, experts from the Chinese Academy of Sciences say. Despite having 40 percent of the world's proposed nuclear power plants, the country lacks an independent regulatory agency and sufficient staff to keep pace with nuclear power development, they describe in a viewpoint article in ACS's journal Environmental Science & Technology. (2011-06-22)

Nuclear CSI: Noninvasive procedure could identify criminal nuclear activity
Determining if an individual has handled nuclear materials is a challenge national defense agencies currently face. The standard protocol to detect uranium exposure is through a urine sample; however, urine is able to only identify those who have been recently exposed. Now, scientists at the University of Missouri have developed procedures that will better identify individuals exposed to uranium within one year. Scientists and homeland security experts believe this noninvasive procedure could identify individuals who may be smuggling nuclear materials for criminal purposes. (2016-11-01)

AECL signs agreement with Argentina on expanded CANDU program
The Honorable Gary Lunn, minister of Natural Resources, announced today that AECL (Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd.) has signed an agreement with Nucleoeléctrica Argentina S.A. that will advance co-operation in Canadian-developed CANDU nuclear power. The agreement covers the refurbishment of Argentina's first CANDU power station and includes a feasibility study for another 700-megawatt CANDU 6 power station. (2006-11-27)

TRIGA Mainz reaches world record of 20,000 pulses in 50 years
The research reactor TRIGA at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz has reached a new milestone: after 50 years of consecutive operation, TRIGA Mainz achieved a total number of 20,000 pulses on Oct. 1, 2015 -- a world record. (2015-10-12)

Researchers describe how natural nuclear reactor worked
It's been known for 30 years that Mother Nature once did nuclear chain reactions by her lonesome. Now, Researchers at Washington University in St. Louis have analyzed the isotopic structure of noble gases produced in fission in a sample from the only known natural nuclear chain reaction site in the world in Gabon, West Africa, and have found how she does the trick. Picture Old Faithful. (2004-10-29)

High Flux Isotope Reactor marks 400th cycle
Oak Ridge National Laboratory's High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR), one of the world's most powerful research reactors, is marking a milestone this month -- its 400th fuel cycle since it began operation in 1966. (2004-05-13)

iPhone goes nuclear
A fission reaction in a nuclear reactor? There's an (2010-05-05)

University of Tennessee, ORNL lead national team to study nuclear fusion reactors
A team of researchers at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, in collaboration with seven other institutions, is trying tackle the challenges of bringing fusion energy to the commercial marketplace. (2012-09-11)

US Department of Energy awards $2.04 million to Rensselaer nuclear engineering program
More than $2 million in funding from the US Department of Energy will strengthen nuclear research and education, and help develop the next generation of nuclear technology at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. (2010-07-13)

Researchers detail how antineutrino detectors could aid nuclear nonproliferation
The article appears in the latest issue of Reviews of Modern Physics. In the paper, the scientists review current and projected readiness of various antineutrino-based monitoring technologies. (2020-03-19)

Study finds dramatic increase in thyroid cancer
The Nuclear Policy Research Institute (NPRI) today called on the Bush administration to reassess its commitment to the expansion of nuclear power; based on new study reported in the June edition of the International Journal of Epidemiology. The study documents a dramatic increase in thyroid cancers following the 1986 Chernobyl disaster. (2004-06-11)

Argonne reactor pioneer wins international prize
Retired Argonne National Laboratory engineer Leonard J. Koch will be awarded the Global Energy International Prize by Russian President Vladimir Putin in Russia this June. Koch, a leading world expert on fast reactor technology will be recognized for his role in development of Argonne's Experimental Breeder Reactors I and II. (2004-05-11)

Los Alamos leading fast-paced reactor research
A proposed U.S. mission to investigate three ice-covered moons of Jupiter will demand fast-paced research, fabrication and realistic non-nuclear testing of a prototype nuclear reactor within two years, says a Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist. (2004-02-11)

Materials Design selected as software supplier and partner for advanced reactor project
Materials Design, a global leader in computational materials science and engineering software and services, has been selected as a scientific software supplier and partner to Pebble Bed Modular Reactor Ltd. of South Africa. (2010-01-25)

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