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Advanced Reactor Technologies (ART)  is a national program funded by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Here at INL, work is focused specifically on developing a High Temperature Gas-cooled Reactor (HTGR), which will offer enhancements in safety and efficiency. This HTGR has a modularized design, which enables plants with larger power demands to simply build more than one module.  Modularization requires no extra design work and increases safety and efficiency by allowing a singular module to run or be stopped at any given time in the event of an incident or a changing need for power. HTGRs also produce process heat during operation, making them ideal for location near other industrial plants that could put this process heat to use in their own production and thus reduce the need for non-renewable energy sources upon which these plants currently rely.

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AGR567.jpgFinal AGR-5/6/7 Fuel Experiment
  
4/2/2018 7:36 AMJodi L. Vollmer
The Advanced Gas Reactor (AGR) 5/6/7 tristructural isotropic  fuels experiment test train, which represents the final set of AGR experiments at Idaho National Laboratory, began irradiation in the Advanced Test Reactor on February 16, 2018.
The Advanced Gas Reactor (AGR) 5/6/7 tristructural isotropic (TRISO) fuels experiment test train, which represents the final set of AGR experiments at Idaho National Laboratory (INL), began irradiation in the Advanced Test Reactor (ATR) on February 16, 2018. The AGR TRISO Fuels Program irradiation experiment series will provide important data to support fuel qualification and fuel performance margin tests, leading to subsequent licensing of fuel for high-temperature gas reactors
https://art.inl.gov/Rotating%20Files/AGR567_Test_Train.pdf
HTR History.JPGHistory of High Temperature Reactors
  
3/1/2018 2:39 PMJodi L. Vollmer
The idea of a nuclear reactor operating at high temperature was first conceived in the early days of nuclear power plant development.
The idea of a nuclear reactor operating at high temperature (>700C) was first conceived in the early days of nuclear power plant development and government programs were instituted to develop the fuels, materials, and power conversion systems that could withstand these temperatures.
https://art.inl.gov/Rotating%20Files/HTR_History.pdf
Spotlight'18.jpgNeutron Irradiation-Induced Damage & Associated Intragranular FPTM
  
5/22/2018 2:08 PMJodi L. Vollmer
Neutron Irradiation-Induced Damage and Associated Intragranular Fission Product Transport Mechanisms in SiC Layer of TRISO Fuel Particles.
Certain metallic fission products are found to transport into and through the SiC layer of TRISO nuclear fuel particles, and various studies have been undertaken to understand this transport behavior. While the trapping or precipitation of fission products in the form of multi phased complex compounds at grain boundaries is most probable from a metallurgical perspective.
https://art.inl.gov/Rotating%20Files/Spotlight%20TRISO/Spotlight'18_TRISO_June.pdf
TRISO_Particle.pngOverview of HTR Technology Development and Deployment
  
3/1/2018 2:47 PMJodi L. Vollmer
Overview of High Temperature Reactor Technology Development and Deployment
Overview of High Temperature Reactor Technology Development and Deployment
https://art.inl.gov/Rotating%20Files/HTR_Development.pdf
  
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Dave Petti is in Europe this week presenting on a new MIT report he led that found on the role of energy in a carbon-constrained world.
To read full article https://lnkd.in/eg-WU5a Massachusetts Institute of Technology
To read full article https://lnkd.in/eg-WU5a Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  
The US Department of Commerce should not place any import limits or restrictions on uranium from Canadian producer Cameco, the company said in its submission to the DOC's ongoing Section 232 investigation. The comment period on the investigation has now closed.