NE Student Outreach
Activities in 2017
2017 NE Summer Intern Seminar Series
These seminars provide a taste of some of the Division's important work to address global problems such as proliferation of nuclear materials, used fuel disposition (called "waste" in current public discourse) and developing a sustainable energy system. Students from other divisions are invited to attend.
Target Audience: Summer Students in NE or other Argonne Divisions.
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Welcome to NE and Intern Orientation
Tom Ewing, Associate Director, Nuclear Engineering Division
June 6, 2017, 11:00 am, location: Bldg. 402 lower level gallery
NOTE: Seminar will be followed by a Student Welcome Lunch.
Tom Ewing, Associate Director of the NE Division, will welcome NE summer interns and provide a short overview of Division activities. The Outreach Committee will discuss planned intern activities and introduce pertinent Division employees. NE IT Support will provide a short overview about cyber security and the NE Help Ticket system, and the Budget Office will show the research aides how to enter their time in Dayforce. Lunch will be provided.
- Economic and Technical Aspects of Nuclear Energy Competitiveness in the Current U.S. Restructured Electricity Markets
Francesco Ganda, Principal Nuclear Engineer, Reactor & Fuel Cycle Analysis Section
June 13, 2017, 10:00 am, location: Bldg. 203 Auditorium
The objective of this project is to investigate a wide range of technology, policy and market factors with the goal to identify those options that have the greatest potential to restore the economic competitiveness of nuclear power in the mid- to long-term. To do so, we have formed a team that brings together experts with in-depth nuclear technology domain knowledge (residing in the Nuclear Engineering Division) and experts in power grid and market modeling and simulation (residing in the Energy Systems Division [ES]). We are leveraging and expanding on existing electricity grid and market models developed by ES to fully understand the market dynamics, as well as technical and regulatory constrains that affect the competitiveness of nuclear energy within both deregulated and regulated electricity markets. We are extending and enhancing these models to allow us to investigate in detail the full range of operational and planning decisions that affect the economic performance of nuclear power. For example, we are simulating the effect of incentive schemes for renewable energy such as the production tax credit, which gives incentive for renewable generators to submit negative bids to the market. We are also investigating the potential revenue streams for nuclear generators from participating in new or existing markets for operating reserves, and the system benefits of having a more flexible fleet of nuclear power plants that can provide load following and operating reserves, subject to their technical constraints.Download Seminar Presentation
Electron Linear Accelerator Production of Medical Radioisotopes
Dave Rotsch, Chemist, Radiochemistry Section
June 20, 2017, 10:00 am, location: Bldg. 203 Auditorium
Radioisotopes play important roles in numerous areas ranging from medical treatments to national security and basic research. Radionuclide production technology for medical applications has been pursued since the early 1900s both commercially and in nuclear science centers. Medical radioisotopes utilized in radiopharmaceuticals are generally categorized as therapeutic, diagnostic, or both (theranostic) and are utilized for the diagnosis and treatment of disease, such as cancer. Theranostic agents are of extreme interest to the medical community because their radioactive decays provide both image-able and cell killing emissions. Multimodality agents help to minimize healthcare costs, dose, and inconveniences to the patients as they allow for real-time assessment of the treatment.
Electron linear accelerators (LINACs) are unique sources for producing radioisotopes. Argonne National Laboratory’s Low Energy Accelerator Facility (LEAF) houses a newly upgraded 55 MeV/25-kW electron LINAC, capable of producing medical isotopes through photonuclear reactions that are difficult or otherwise impossible to make by other means. This talk will focus on current efforts toward the photonuclear production of the medical isotopes 47Sc, 67Cu, and 225Ac.
SEC160 Practical Preparedness for Workplace Violence MANDATORY Training
June 21, 2017, 9:00 am, location: Bldg. 402 Auditorium
Research and Test Reactor Missions and the Conversion Program from HEU to LEU Fuel
John Stevens, Program Manager, Reactor Material Management
June 29, 2017, 10:00 am, location: Bldg. 203 Auditorium
NOTE: Seminar moved to Thursday.
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.
Fast Reactor Physics
Florent Heidet, Principal Nuclear Engineer, Reactor and Fuel Cycle Analysis Section
July 6, 2017, 10:00 am, location: Bldg. 203 Auditorium
NOTE: Seminar moved to Thursday due to the holiday.
How fast reactor physics differs from thermal reactor physics, and how the fast spectrum allows pursuit of various strategic objectives, e.g., resource extension, actinide burnup in lieu of disposal, weapons material disposition.
Radiological Forensics – Putting the Pieces Together
Jodi Canaday, Forensics Technical Data Specialist, Nuclear Forensics Section
July 10, 2017, 10:00 am, location: Bldg. 203 Auditorium
NOTE: Seminar moved to Monday.
In the event of a terrorist obtaining and possibly detonating a device with radiological material, radiological forensic analysis could provide law enforcement with valuable clues to the origin of the material; this information could then provide further leads on where the source or material was obtained. This presentation will highlight the radiological forensics projects and subject matter expertise in the Nuclear Engineering Division while working through a hypothetical radiological dispersal device scenario.
- Nuclear Fuel Research & Development Activities at Argonne
Latif Yacout, Principal Nuclear Engineer and Manager, Fuel Development & Qualification Section
July 18, 2017, 10:00 am, location: Bldg. 203 Auditorium
Argonne has been associated with the development of different types of nuclear fuels over the past decades, in particular metallic alloys based fuel for both advanced and research reactors. Currently, development and qualification of U-Mo fuel for use in high power research reactors is the focus of research reactor related activities where both dispersion and monolithic type fuels are considered. Those activities included fuel fabrication for experiment at the advanced test reactor (ATR), interpretation of irradiation data and multi-scale modeling and simulation of U-Mo fuel. U-Zr based metallic fuel is the candidate fuel for use in advanced fast reactor systems in the US. Activities at Argonne are related to fuel performance evaluation, and irradiation data qualification to support industry efforts to license different metallic fuel based fast reactor systems.
Another area of activities is light water reactor (LWR) accident tolerant fuel (ATF) related research, which include coating of zirconium based and SiC based cladding material to improve high temperature water and steam corrosion characteristics and modeling and simulation (M&S) of U3Si2 fuel. Modeling and simulation of U3Si2 (silicide fuel) is a part of an ongoing effort to evaluate and qualify U3Si2 for use in LWR as a fuel with enhanced ATF characteristics. This effort also includes high-energy heavy ion irradiation experiments at Argonne’s ATLAS and IVEM facilities to simulate radiation effects at LWR operating temperatures. Post ion irradiation examinations and characterizations are performed at different facilities including the advanced photon source (APS). The ion irradiation experiments provide valuable data for U3Si2 M&S, especially with the lack of in-pile irradiation data at LWR operating temperatures.
Presented here is an overview of those fuels related activities as well as other relevant activities including advanced materials synthesis and recent effort on additive manufacturing of nuclear fuel materials.
Used Nuclear Fuel Management in the U.S.
Mark Nutt, Principal Nuclear Engineer and Manager, Spent Nuclear Fuel Management Section
July 25, 2017, 10:00 am, location: Bldg. 402 lower level gallery
The seminar will provide a brief history of nuclear waste management in the U.S. since the inception of nuclear power through the present. Spent nuclear fuel and high-level waste management activities at origin sites, efforts to develop consolidated interim storage and geologic repositories, and the transportation of spent nuclear fuel and high level waste will be described. On-going activities in the DOE's office of Spent Fuel and Waste Disposition will also be summarized.
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