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INEEL assists in international effort to increase nuclear plant safety
A nuclear reactor safety code developed at the INEEL could help prevent another Chernobyl-type accident. INEEL engineers have put the RELAP5-3D computer code into a training module for use by many countries. One version has been translated into Russian. The five-DVD set is available to engineers operating Russian reactors of the same design as the Chernobyl reactor. (2004-09-13)

Rensselaer secures $1.5 million from DOE/NNSA to launch new nuclear safety research program
Nuclear criticality safety and reactor safety are at the heart of a new initiative led by researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. The five-year funding plan calls for $1.5 million to be invested at Rensselaer by the US DoE Nuclear Criticality Safety Program, managed by the National Nuclear Security Administration. The funds will support a new nuclear engineering research program and laboratory at Rensselaer, dedicated to the careful measurement and analysis of high-accuracy nuclear interaction data. (2011-04-20)

DOE Nuclear Program awards $1.6 million to Penn State
Three Penn State-led projects have received more than $1.6 million in combined research and development grants from the U.S. Department of Energy's Nuclear Energy University Programs. (2011-09-02)

Sandia to play major role in DOE-funded simulation of 'virtual' nuclear reactor
Sandia National Laboratories computational scientists will lead two of five technical areas in a US Department of Energy effort to create a (2010-06-14)

USU engineering faculty receive $5.8 million in nuclear energy research grants
Two professors of mechanical engineering at Utah State University will receive grants from the US Department of Energy totaling $5.8 million for nuclear energy research. (2016-06-16)

Advanced Test Reactor National Scientific User Facility chooses 2 new projects
Two new research teams have been selected to perform experiments with the Advanced Test Reactor National Scientific User Facility at the US Department of Energy's Idaho National Laboratory. The NSUF program grants university-led scientific groups free access to the ATR -- one of the world's premier research reactors -- and other resources at INL and affiliated institutions (2009-09-15)

MIT reactor aids study of potential energy source
For about six months of the year, bursts of a hot, electrically charged gas, or plasma, swirl around a donut-shaped tube in a special MIT reactor, helping scientists learn more about a potential future energy source: nuclear fusion. (2007-02-13)

Neutrino detectors could help curb nuclear weapons activity
Scientists at Virginia Tech believe neutrinos could be used to monitor nuclear power plants for signs of nuclear proliferation. (2014-08-11)

Researchers at GW receive federal funds to study the effect earthquakes have on nuclear reactors
A team of George Washington University researchers have received federal funding to study the effects earthquakes have on nuclear reactor cores. The findings of the research have implications for nuclear reactor construction and analysis well into the future. (2012-06-08)

Need for nuclear reactor permits powering up
Today the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission held a signing ceremony, which formally awarded the first-ever early site permit allowing construction of the first new nuclear power reactor in more than 30 years. Researchers at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory are assisting NRC with environmental and safety reviews, and document preparation required in evaluating and licensing new nuclear power generation stations in the United States. (2007-03-15)

Thorium reactors may dispose of enormous amounts of weapons-grade plutonium
Scientists from Tomsk Polytechnic University are developing a new technology for multipurpose application of large amounts of weapons-grade plutonium accumulated in Russia and across the world. Instead of expensive storage of this nuclear material, TPU physicists propose to burn weapons-grade plutonium in reactors with thorium fuel, converting it into power and thermal energy. The units are capable of operating at low capacity (from 60 MW) at least 10-20 years. (2018-01-19)

Argonne partners with industry on nuclear work
Argonne National Laboratory will work with three of the world's leading nuclear products and services companies on projects that could unlock the potential of advanced nuclear reactor designs, helping create a new generation of safer, more efficient reactors. (2015-01-07)

Advancing the nuclear enterprise through better computing
Scientists at the Nuclear Science and Technology Division of the US Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory are merging decades of nuclear energy and safety expertise with high-performance computing to effectively address a range of nuclear energy- and security-related challenges. (2010-05-18)

EC infuses Serbian nuclear relic cleanup with critical donation
A global effort to remove dangerous spent fuel and decommission a Soviet-designed Serbian reactor on the outskirts of Belgrade cleared the second of three major funding hurdles. (2008-04-15)

SNM cautions that Canada's Chalk River coming back online will not solve long-term isotope shortage
SNM is optimistic that the anticipated recommencement of the Atomic Energy of Canada Limited-run National Research Universal reactor in Chalk River, Canada, will provide short-term relief to the isotope shortage that has been plaguing patients and the nuclear medicine community for more than one year. However, SNM cautions that the restart of this reactor will not solve the ongoing production and supply issues causing the crisis. (2010-07-08)

Foam reactor is 10 times more energy efficient
There is considerable worldwide demand for new types of reactors for the rapid and well- controlled production of high value chemicals. Charl Stemmet has developed the porous foam reactor, which has an energy efficiency ten times higher than traditional reactors at comparable production rates. Industrial partners such as BASF, DSM and Shell will make use of the research results. The project was funded by Technology Foundation STW. (2008-09-26)

Worldwide isotope shortage continues to pose significant challenges
SNM recently conducted a survey of nuclear pharmacies -- pharmacies that supply the critical radioisotope Technetium-99m, which is used in more than 16 million nuclear medicine tests each year in the United States -- to assess, anecdotally, the impact of the worldwide medical isotope shortage. (2009-09-08)

New theory rewrites opening moments of Chernobyl disaster
A brand-new theory of the opening moments during the Chernobyl disaster, the most severe nuclear accident in history, based on additional analysis is presented for the first time in the journal Nuclear Technology, an official journal of the American Nuclear Society. (2017-11-17)

Two ORNL researchers elected fellows of American Nuclear Society
Two researchers from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have been elected fellows of the American Nuclear Society. Alan S. Icenhour and Jess C. Gehin were recognized for their outstanding scientific and technical leadership in nuclear energy research and development. (2016-11-10)

US plans take-away nuclear power plants
A small, sealed, transportable nuclear reactor could meet the energy needs of developing countries without the risk of by-products getting in the wrong hands for weapons programmes. The sealed units, being developed by the US Department of Energy, would be delivered to a site, and collected when the fuel runs out after about 30 years. Its tamper-proof cask would be monitored and heavily alarmed. (2004-09-02)

Searching for lost WWII-era uranium cubes from Germany
In 2013, Timothy Koeth received an extraordinary gift: a heavy metal cube and a crumpled message that read, 'Taken from Germany, from the nuclear reactor Hitler tried to build. Gift of Ninninger.' Koeth accepted the cube and its note as an invitation to the adventure of a lifetime. In Physics Today, Koeth and Miriam Hiebert describe what they've discovered while exploring the German quest and failure to build a working nuclear reactor during WWII. (2019-05-01)

Closing of Ward Center and its nuclear reactor is announced by Cornell University administration
The Cornell University administration has announced its decision to decommission the TRIGA Mark II nuclear reactor and to phase out activities at the Ward Center for Nuclear Sciences, where the reactor is housed. The small, 500- kilowatt reactor has been used for research and teaching. The decision will be forwarded to the Cornell Board of Trustees for approval. (2001-05-03)

New INL project will improve nuclear reactor simulations
Researchers from Idaho National Laboratory and Brookhaven National Laboratory, led by INL's Giuseppe Palmiotti, won a competitive grant from the US Department of Energy's Office of Science. The researchers will use the money to develop more accurate, and more universally applicable, nuclear reactor simulations. As a result, engineers should be able to design better, more efficient reactors down the road. (2009-09-24)

ORNL's Leal and Snead named American Nuclear Society Fellows
Luiz Leal and Lance Snead from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have been elected to the American Nuclear Society's Class of 2010 Fellows. (2010-11-29)

University of Alberta breakthrough gives hope for new imaging isotope source
A University of Alberta team has made an important breakthrough in the race to find a viable replacement for supply of technetium-99m, an important isotope produced by Canada's Chalk River reactor. (2012-06-11)

Status of nuclear power 2010
Risoe DTU has made its eighth report in the series (2011-08-11)

Researchers test novel power system for space travel
A team of researchers, including engineers from Los Alamos National Laboratory, has demonstrated a new concept for a reliable nuclear reactor that could be used on space flights. (2012-11-26)

Analysis highlights failings in US's advanced nuclear program
Despite repeated promises over the past 18 years, the US Office of Nuclear Energy (NE) is unlikely to deliver on its mission to develop and demonstrate an advanced nuclear reactor by the mid-21st century. (2017-08-09)

Antineutrino detection could help remotely monitor nuclear reactors
Technology to measure the flow of subatomic particles known as antineutrinos from nuclear reactors could allow continuous remote monitoring designed to detect fueling changes that might indicate the diversion of nuclear materials. The monitoring could be done from outside the reactor vessel, and the technology may be sensitive enough to detect substitution of a single fuel assembly. (2019-08-06)

Probability of contamination from severe nuclear reactor accidents is higher than expected
Western Europe has the worldwide highest risk of radioactive contamination caused by major reactor accidents. (2012-05-22)

Reactor research could save money on nuclear waste handling
Recent experiments by Sandia National Laboratories researcher Gary Harms and his team are using a new Labs-built reactor to provide benchmarks showing that spent nuclear fuel - uranium that has been used as fuel at a nuclear power plant - is considerably less reactive than the original fresh fuel. This could mean significant savings in the eventual safe transport, storage, and disposal of nuclear waste. (2002-11-07)

Argonne's nuclear energy research moves toward greater reliance on computer simulation
The US Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory is taking its nuclear energy research into new territory -- virtual territory that is. With the recent arrival of the new IBM Blue Gene/P and the lab's development of advanced computer models, Argonne has a critical role in making it possible to burn repeatedly nuclear fuel that now sits as waste, thus closing the nuclear fuel cycle and reducing the risk of nuclear proliferation. (2007-11-26)

Using antineutrinos to monitor nuclear reactors
When monitoring nuclear reactors, the International Atomic Energy Agency has to rely on input given by the operators. In the future, antineutrino detectors may provide an additional option for monitoring. However, heretofore the cumulative antineutrino spectrum of uranium 238 fission products was missing. Physicists at Technische Universitaet Muenchen have now closed this gap using fast neutrons from the Heinz Maier Leibnitz Neutron Research Facility. (2014-04-24)

Hawaiian scientists take their test tubes surfing
Chemists have traded their white coats for swim shorts at the University of Hawaii, Honolulu -- they've shunned the lab so they can swim out to the breakers with a test-tube built into a boogie-board. (2008-09-22)

Experts voice safety concerns about new pebble-bed nuclear reactors
Researchers advise caution as a commercial-scale nuclear reactor known as HTR-PM prepares to become operational in China. The reactor is a pebble-bed, high-temperature gas-cooled reactor (HTGR), a design that is ostensibly safer but that researchers in the US and Germany warn does not eliminate the possibility of a serious accident. Their commentary, publishing Aug. 23, 2018 in the journal Joule, recommends continued research, additional safety measures, and an extended startup phase allowing for better monitoring. (2018-08-23)

Researchers create smaller and more efficient nuclear battery
Batteries can power anything from small sensors to large systems. While scientists are finding ways to make them smaller but even more powerful, problems can arise when these batteries are much larger and heavier than the devices themselves. University of Missouri researchers are developing a nuclear energy source that is smaller, lighter and more efficient. (2009-10-07)

Advanced nuclear fuel sets global performance record
Idaho National Laboratory scientists have set a new world record with next-generation particle fuel for use in high temperature gas reactors. (2009-11-17)

Tiny travelers from deep space could assist in healing Fukushima's nuclear scar
Researchers from Los Alamos National Laboratory have devised a method to use cosmic rays to gather detailed information from inside the damaged cores of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactors, which were heavily damaged in March 2011 by a tsunami that followed a great earthquake. (2012-10-17)

What happened at the Fukushima nuclear power plant?
Michio Ishikawa, an expert in the field of nuclear power, has written a book for those who would like to know more about the nuclear disaster which occurred in Japan in March 2011. A Study of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Accident Process explains what caused the core melt and hydrogen explosion and discusses new ideas for safety design. (2015-09-30)

Rutgers-led research could revolutionize nuclear waste reprocessing and save money
Seeking a better way to capture radioactive iodides in spent nuclear reactor fuel, Rutgers-New Brunswick scientists have developed an extremely efficient 'molecular trap' that can be recycled and reused (2017-11-01)

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