World news – GB – the company aims to make nuclear reactors pocket-sized

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In a recently posted video, NuScale, the small reactor manufacturer, is guiding viewers through its research and simulation facilities. What you’ll see is a no-scale nuclear plant that will look like and operate in an electrical grid and deal with thermal infrastructure.

Their simulation program provides an argument for the NRC, detailing how they reduce staffing needs and the safety strength threshold..

As with contemporary large scale nuclear plants, NuScale cores are preserved by circulating fresh water. The catch is that when you look at a large nuclear plant, most of what you see is intended for cooling the plant. This is where NuScale falls into a different bag.

These reactors use gravity and buoyancy to automatically circulate the cooling water. Another selling point is size. WIRED notes that it’s « the size of two school buses stacked end-to-end, you can put about 100 of them in the containment chamber of a large conventional reactor. ».

In an integrated system test, they heated water with electricity to mimic the real deal in a typical reactor for engineers to conduct their tests on different components and how they interact with the circulating water. In this way, the company can also model and plan against accidents and emergencies.

By studying the « human factors » involved, the company can assess the reality of working with these parts, thus engineers can reach industry standards to a reasonably lowest possible level (ALARP) against complications.

If NuScale – or any other company with a similar idea – is able to deliver the type of nuclear reactors it promised, we can expect the future to include safer and smaller versions of the nuclear plants that we seem to really enjoy. .

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World News – GB – The company aims to make nuclear reactors pocket-sized

Ref: https://interestingengineering.com

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