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2011 NE Summer Student 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, spent 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 at NE or other Argonne Divisions.

DOWNLOAD: 2011 Summer Colloquium Series [PDF Document  PDF, 65 KB]

Date & Place

Seminar

Speaker(s)

June 15, 2011
at 9:00 am
in Bldg. 362 Aud.

Warning FUEL UP:
Snacks served before
this seminar (8:30am)!

Nuclear Energy: Facts and Politics  — Laboratory Student Colloquium Series
Roger N. Blomquist, Nuclear Engineer, Nuclear Systems Analysis Department

Seminar Abstract:

An introduction to how reactors work and what distinguishes them from nuclear warheads, followed by a discussion of nuclear energy issues.

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Roger Blomquist

June 21, 2011
at 10:00 am
in Bldg. 208/A138

Warning SOCIALIZE:
Lunch for students and
supervisors/managers
after this seminar!

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Fast Reactor Physics
Robert N. Hill, Technical Director,
Nuclear Engineering Division

Seminar Abstract:

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.

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Robert N. Hill

June 28, 2011
at 10:00 am
in Bldg. 208/A138

 

Fast Reactor Coolant Options
Thomas Fanning, Manager, Safety Analysis Section

Seminar Abstract:

In the past, engineers proposed, and in many cases tested, nearly every imaginable fluid for use as a reactor coolant. In order to have a fast neutron spectrum, however, there are significant constraints imposed on the coolant choices. The Generation IV International Forum identified three promising coolant choices for fast reactors: sodium, lead, and helium. This presentation provides an overview of these coolant options and how they impact overall design, safety, and operations, and how they result in considerable differences with light water reactors.

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Thomas Fanning

July 5, 2011
at 10:00 am
in Bldg. 208/A138

Introduction to the Nuclear Engineering Division
Jordi Roglans-Ribas, Deputy Division Director

Seminar Abstract:

The NE Division and its precursors have contributed to the development of civilian nuclear power systems for over 50 years, ever since the dawn of the nuclear age. Our mission is to apply Argonne's world-class expertise in nuclear reactor technology to the development of advanced nuclear reactor systems to problems of national and international significance.

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Jordi Roglans-Ribas
July 12, 2011
at 10:00 am
in Bldg. 203 Aud.

Nuclear Weapons Proliferation
Pete Heine, Manager, Technical Nonproliferation and Policy Support Section

Seminar Abstract:

Proliferation threat and response: Coevolution of proliferation and nonproliferation.

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Pete Heine
July 19, 2011
at 10:00 am
in Bldg. 203 Aud

Light Water Reactor Severe Accident Analysis and Experimentation at Argonne Related to the Nuclear Incident in Japan
Mitch Farmer, Manager, Engineering Development Labs Section

Seminar Abstract:

The recent earthquake and Tsunami in Japan initiated severe accidents at several of the reactors at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear complex. These accidents have led to a resurgence of interest in Light Water Reactor (LWR) severe accident phenomenology. This presentation will provide an historical overview of this research and discuss some of the basic physics involved with severe accidents, as well as phenomenological models that have been developed to describe the progression. The presentation will also include a general discussion about the application of the LWR severe accident knowledge base to events at Fukushima.

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Mitch Farmer
July 26, 2011
at 10:00 am
in Bldg. 208/A138

Nuclear Fuel Behavior
Yeon Soo Kim, Principal Nuclaer Engineer, Fuel Development & Qualification Section, Research & Test Reactor Conversion Department

Seminar Abstract:

What kinds of experiments and analyses are done to ensure that nuclear fuel will not fail and will always contain the radioactive fission products and actinides after irradiation?

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Y.S. Kim

August 2, 2011
at 10:00 am
in Bldg. 208/A138

Used Nuclear Fuel Management in the U.S.
Mark Nutt, Manager, Engineering Assessments Section

Seminar Abstract:

A brief history of the Yucca Mountain repository development project will be provided, followed by recent developments and their potential impacts on the U.S. nuclear power fleet.

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Mark Nutt

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