Research and Test Reactor Missions and the Conversion Program from HEU to LEU Fuel

Research and Test Reactors serve many important missions for science, medicine, and industry through a remarkable variety of core and system designs. Many of those reactors deployed over time used -- or still use -- Highly Enriched Uranium (HEU) fuel in order to maximize experimental performance, but that poses risks of material diversion. The National Nuclear Security Administration conversion program seeks to minimize, and to the extent possible eliminate, the use of HEU in civilian commerce. Argonne leadership of the reactor conversion program has long focused on – and succeeded in -- maintaining the important missions of research and test reactors while converting them to the use of Low Enriched Uranium (LEU) fuel. This seminar will provide an overview of research and test reactors, and then describe the efforts in fuel development, reactor analysis, and project implementation that allow conversion of HEU-fueled reactors to LEU fuel.

July 5, 2016 at 10:00 am in Bldg. 203 Auditorium

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