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Next Generation Reactors and Materials for Advanced Fuel Cycles

A special issue of Energies (ISSN 1996-1073).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 February 2017) | Viewed by 5669

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Nuclear and Radiation Engineering Program, Department of Mechanical Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX 78712, USA
Interests: nuclear reactor physics; radiation transport modeling; nuclear fuel cycle simulation; optimization, proliferation countermeasures
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Department of Nuclear Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 4169 Etcheverry Hall, Berkeley, CA 94720, USA
Interests: materials in extreme environments; structure property relationship; mechanical properties; corrosion
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Nuclear power provides 13% of the world’s electricity and is growing rapidly in many countries, particularly in Asia and the Middle East, where a carbon-free, minimally resource-intensive source of baseload power is needed to sustain vigorous economic growth. A great deal of current research focuses on development of safe, competitive, and sustainable nuclear energy technologies in a post Fukushima world. This Special Issue of Energies focuses on advances with the potential to transform contemporary reactor technologies or advanced nuclear energy systems and fuel cycles.  Technologies considered in this Special Issue, for instance, accident tolerant light water reactor fuels, nanomaterials for reactor applications, and advanced radiation hard materials for fast spectrum or high burnup environments, will enable nuclear power systems to realize optimal performance. These developments may affect key areas including cost of construction, security of facilities and materials, and sustainability of waste management, so the issue also focuses on cross cutting fuel cycle analyses. Finally, the Special Issue addresses the role of nuclear energy in a future electricity markets that may feature a high presence of renewables and other variable sources, as well as inexpensive peaking capacity.

Dr. Erich Schneider
Dr. Peter Hosemann
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Keywords

  • Advanced reactors
  • Nuclear safety and security
  • Advanced materials for nuclear systems
  • Accident tolerant reactor and materials concepts
  • Nuclear power economics
  • Nuclear waste management
  • Radiation hard materials
  • Grid appropriate reactors

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Evaluation of Interface Defects in Inaccessible Reactor Shrink Fit Nozzle Welds Using Ultrasonic Waves
by Jaesun Lee and Younho Cho
Energies 2017, 10(5), 589; https://doi.org/10.3390/en10050589 - 25 Apr 2017
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This study proposes an effective method to inspect inaccessible nuclear power reactor head nozzles using interface waves that propagate along the shrink fit boundary of a reactor head. The reactor head is relatively thick, which makes it difficult to inspect from the outside [...] Read more.
This study proposes an effective method to inspect inaccessible nuclear power reactor head nozzles using interface waves that propagate along the shrink fit boundary of a reactor head. The reactor head is relatively thick, which makes it difficult to inspect from the outside by conventional ultrasonic testing. However, interface waves can propagate a long distance from a fixed transducer position. The inside of the nuclear reactor has limited access due to the high radiation, so the transducers are located outside the nuclear reactor head, and interface waves propagate into the nuclear reactor to detect defects. A numerical simulation and experiments were carried out to validate the method. Various defect cases that simulate field failures are also presented, and the proposed technique shows satisfactory defect classification. Full article
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