More than 50 years after the development of molten salt reactors (MSRs), the nuclear community has renewed interest in the technology because of its potential to provide the next generation of nuclear power production.
A team from the US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has received a computational research award to model the radiation environment of ITER, the world’s largest fusion reactor, and provide an accurate prediction of whether
The history of the US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is distinctly intertwined with work on molten salt reactors (MSRs), but promising research at ORNL is now directly focused on the future of MSRs—with a nod to the pas
Renewed interest in molten salt technology was evident at a recent gathering of advanced nuclear reactor experts at the US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).
•This capability is integrated with the UNF-ST&DARDS Unified Database (UDB) allowing continuous table, report, and graphics updating as the spent nuclear fuel (SNF) cask inventory changes –Users can generate reports in different formats (e.g., PDF, htm
•This work is part of the ORNL-Shanghai Institute of Applied Physics (SINAP) Fluoride Salt-Cooled High-Temperature Reactor CRADA •Task focused on developing design guidance for future salt pumps and used the existing salt loop pump as a case study •Final
•At the request of the National Nuclear Security Administration, Generalist and Analyst Courses were created for preparing DOE federal and contractor radiation shielding and criticality safety reviewers and practitioners involved in packaging and transport
Standardization is a potential option for better integration between storage, transportation, and eventual disposal BRC, NEAC, NWTRB support effort Third evaluation on topic over the last three fiscal years Analyzed an additional 10 scenarios
•The cooling flow rate for the HFIR HB-1 beam tube has been slowly degrading over time •The HB-1 beam flow has now crossed the previously established low-flow alarm limit of 15 gallon/min •This required a new HB-1 flow safety calculation to support resetti