Fission Nuclear Science and Technology

Nuclear power provides a significant clean energy source for our nation and the world. Oak Ridge National Laboratory provides science and technology to address issues facing the current and future utilization of nuclear reactors and the supporting nuclear systems infrastructure. ORNL is committed to leadership class research and development that integrates our comprehensive staff expertise, strategic resources, and facility capabilities to address the needs and interests of a diverse set of sponsors.

Our recent science and technology activities include research in computational methods and their application to nuclear systems design and safety; design and performance of irradiation and thermal-hydraulic experiments; instrumentation and controls; and regulatory research and support. The nuclear safety expertise and the computational, experiment, and technology development capabilities within ORNL are also applied to other R&D areas such as nuclear security and fusion and accelerator systems.

Research Highlights

Annual ORNL workshop highlights week focused on nuclear energy

The US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) hosted the 2018 Molten Salt Reactor (MSR) Workshop—an annual event that brings together experts from industry, academia, DOE, and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to discuss current efforts related to MSRs....

Kurt Terrani selected for a Breakthrough Award

Popular Mechanics recently announced the 2017 Breakthrough Awards, naming NSED's Kurt Terrani as one of the winners. This year's nominations highlight early career scientists that have made dramatic impacts through science, technology, and engineering. 

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