The Advanced Test Reactor (ATR) is conducting
scoping studies for the conversion of its fuel from a
highly enriched uranium (HEU) composition to a low-enriched
uranium (LEU) composition, through the
Reduced Enrichment for Research and Test Reactors
Program, within the Global Threat Reduction Initiative.
These studies have considered a wide...
The effect of fluid axial thermal conduction on one-dimensional liquid metal natural circulation and its linear stability was performed through nondimensional analysis, steady-state assessment, and linear perturbation evaluation. The Nyquist criterion and a root-search method were employed to find the linear stability boundary of both forward and backward circulations. The...
The most widely used and versatile medical radioisotope today is ⁹⁹[superscript]mTc. Roughly 30 million people depend on this radioisotope for diagnostic imaging procedures each year, and this demand is expected to grow. Although there are numerous ways of producing this isotope, the most common is from fission product 99Mo, which...
The objective of this research was to develop a one-third scale model of full-size
(prototype) metal-plate-connected (MPC) wood truss joints using similitude theory. The
prototype metal connector plates in MPC joints were modeled using thin galvanized sheet
metal and short staples. Truss grade wood material was ripped to one-third scale...
In the present work, a correlation is made between seismic intensity parameters and total damage indicators of reinforced concrete structures. For this purpose, natural ground motions recordings were used, from which intensity measures were calculated and alternatives were proposed. Then, through dynamic inelastic time history analyzes, damage indices were evaluated...
Describing functions have traditionally been used to obtain the
solutions of systems of ordinary differential equations. In this
work the describing function concept has been extended to include
nonlinear, distributed parameter partial differential equations. A
three-stage solution algorithm is presented which can be applied to
any nonlinear partial differential equation....
To utilize energy resources as efficiently as possible has
become a necessity today. The purpose of this study is to see
how this can be done by extending burnup in a light water reactor.
Specifically, an in-out refueling scheme might extract the maximum
energy from nuclear fuel during its redidence...
Preliminary nuclear design studies have been completed on ten
configurations of nuclear reactors for low power (1-30 kWe) space
applications utilizing thermionic energy conversion. Additional design
studies have been conducted on the TRICE multimegawatt in-core
thermionic reactor configuration. In each of the cases, a reactor
configuration has been determined which...
While contemporary civil engineering projects are increasingly complex, the cognitive abilities of the decision maker remain limited. There is a conflict between the complexity that is required to describe a scenario with all its relevant properties and the limited number of ideas that can be included in rational considerations and...