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Focus

SiPearl's chip will be a platform open to other start-ups to develop accelerators for - An interview with Philippe Notton from SiPearl ...

Exascale supercomputing

Atos launches first supercomputer equipped with NVIDIA A100 GPU ...

Quantum computing

Start of the Fraunhofer Competence Center "Quantum Computing Baden-Württemberg" ...

ADVA brings post-quantum security to packet networks ...

Atos delivers its Quantum Learning Machine to Japan ...

Machine learning cracks quantum chemistry conundrum ...

Making quantum 'waves' in ultrathin materials ...

Seeqc UK awarded GBP 1,8 million in grants to advance quantum computing initiatives ...

Rising investments in quantum technology to boost market growth ...

Total is exploring quantum algorithms to improve CO2 capture ...

Middleware

Mentor Graphics and the University of Basel join the OpenMP effort ...

Hardware

NVIDIA's new Ampere data centre GPU in full production ...

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology procures new supercomputer ...

DDN announces A3I suppport for NVIDIA DGX A100 ...

Yvonne Walker recognized as one of CRN's 2020 Women of the Channel ...

Supermicro expands portfolio with fully integrated NVIDIA A100 GPU-powered systems delivering 5 Petaflop/s of AI performance in a single 4U server ...

Artificial synapses on design ...

Light, fantastic: the path ahead for faster, smaller computer processors ...

OpenFabrics Alliance (OFA) and Gen-Z Consortium announce MoU agreement ...

Tachyum achieves 90 percent of silicon laid for its Prodigy Universal Processor ...

Intel Capital invests $132 million in 11 disruptive technology start-ups ...

Inspur releases five new AI servers powered by NVIDIA A100 Tensor Core GPUs ...

Research and Markets issues Global High-Performance Computing as a Service Market Analysis and Industry Forecasts to 2026 ...

Asperitas and maincubes partner to deliver immersion cooling solutions in dedicated colocation suites ...

Delivery of supercomputer Fugaku completed ...

Applications

Supercomputer simulations help advance electrochemical reaction research ...

3D-printed nuclear reactor promises faster, more economical path to nuclear energy ...

GCS centres support research to mitigate impact of COVID-19 pandemic ...

NIST scientists create new recipe for single-atom transistors ...

ACM service awards recognize leaders who strengthen the computing community ...

New research launched on airborne virus transmission in buildings ...

Seeing the universe through new lenses ...

Liqid delivers industry's fastest single-socket server ...

National Science Foundation grant backs funcX: A smart, automated delegator for computational research ...

Educating the next generation of supercomputer users with Blue Waters ...

The Cloud

Innovium introduces TERALYNX 8, world's highest performance programmable switch for data centre networks with 25,6 Tbps throughput and support for 112 Gbps SerDes I/O ...

Wiwynn unveils standalone rack-level liquid cooling solution for OCP ORV3 at 2020 OCP Virtual Summit ...

Crowd Machine Platform is powered by Oracle Cloud and now available in the Oracle Cloud Marketplace ...

3D-printed nuclear reactor promises faster, more economical path to nuclear energy


The Transformational Challenge Reactor Demonstration Programme uses thermal imaging to actively monitor the direct deposition of stainless steel to 3D print a component. The hexagonal structure took close to 40 hours to build, with temperatures reaching over 1400 degrees Celsius around the melt pool where a laser heats and melts while adding a new layer. Credit: Oak Ridge National Laboratory, U.S. Dept. of Energy.
11 May 2020 Oak Ridge - Researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) are refining their design of a 3D-printed nuclear reactor core, scaling up the additive manufacturing process necessary to build it, and developing methods to confirm the consistency and reliability of its printed components.
ORNL scientists have selected and optimized a design for printing over a three month period, demonstrating the ability to rapidly produce a prototype reactor core. Credit: Brittany Cramer/Oak Ridge National Laboratory, U.S. Dept. of Energy.

The Transformational Challenge Reactor (TCR) Demonstration Programme's unprecedented approach to nuclear energy leverages advances from ORNL in manufacturing, materials, nuclear science, nuclear engineering, high-performance computing, data analytics and related fields.

The lab aims to turn on the first-of-its-kind reactor by 2023. The programme has maintained its aggressive timeline during the COVID-19 pandemic, using remote work to continue design and analysis efforts.

"The nuclear industry is still constrained in thinking about the way we design, build and deploy nuclear energy technology", ORNL Director Thomas Zacharia stated. "DOE launched this programme to seek a new approach to rapidly and economically develop transformational energy solutions that deliver reliable, clean energy."

Reactor development and deployment have traditionally relied on materials, fuels and technology pioneered in the 1950s and '60s, and high costs and decades-long construction times have limited the United States to building only one new nuclear power plant in the last 20 years.

TCR will introduce new, advanced materials and use integrated sensors and controls, providing a highly optimized, efficient system that reduces cost, relying on scientific advances with potential to shape a new path in reactor design, manufacturing, licensing and operation.

The TCR programme has completed several foundational experiments including selection of a core design, and a three-month "sprint" that demonstrated the agility of the additive manufacturing technology to quickly produce a prototype reactor core.

Researchers will now focus on refining the selected design and the processes that will ensure an optimal and reliable energy system. Monitoring technologies continually assess the manufacturing process, providing live data streams that enable real-time qualification of the printed material and performance analysis through artificial intelligence. The team also conducts extensive post-build testing to assess component performance and establish links between the behavior of each unique part and its live manufacturing data.

"We have been aggressively developing the capability to make this programme a reality over the last several months, and our effort has proven that this technology is ready to demonstrate a 3D-printed nuclear reactor core", stated Kurt Terrani, the TCR technical director. "The current situation for nuclear is dire. This is a foundational effort that can open the floodgates to rapid innovation for the nuclear community."

As part of deploying a 3D-printed nuclear reactor, the program will also create a digital platform that will help in handing off the technology to industry for rapid adoption of additively manufactured nuclear energy technology.

"The entire TCR concept is made possible because of the significant advances in additive manufacturing process technology", Kurt Terrani stated. "By using 3D printing, we can use technology and materials that the nuclear community has been unable to capitalize on in the last several decades. This includes sensors for near autonomous control and a library of data and a new and accelerated approach to qualification that will benefit the entire nuclear community."

Through the TCR programme, ORNL is seeking a solution to a troubling trend. Although nuclear power plants provide nearly 20 percent of U.S. electricity, more than half of U.S. reactors will be retired within 20 years, based on current license expiration dates.

"The TCR programme will provide a new model for accelerated deployment of advanced nuclear energy systems", Thomas Zacharia stated. "If cost and construction times are not addressed in the very near future, the United States will eventually lose its single largest source of emissions-free power."

ORNL is partnering with Argonne and Idaho national laboratories and engaging with industry to enable rapid adoption for commercial use.

The Transformational Challenge Reactor builds on ORNL's 77-year history of international leadership in nuclear science and technology development. The lab began as home to the world's first continuously operating reactor, and its scientists and engineers pioneered technology and expertise in the first decades of the Atomic Age.

Today, the lab operates the High Flux Isotope Reactor, a DOE Office of Science user facility that provides a world-leading source of neutrons for a variety of research and produces isotopes for medicine, industry, and space exploration. TCR will be the 14th reactor built and operated by ORNL.

"Since its inception as the home of the X-10 Graphite Reactor, ORNL has been at the forefront of nuclear science and engineering", Thomas Zacharia stated. "Today, our expertise and unparalleled scientific tools create an opportunity to chart a new course in the nuclear field."

Source: DOE/Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Back to Table of contents

Primeur weekly 2020-05-18

Focus

SiPearl's chip will be a platform open to other start-ups to develop accelerators for - An interview with Philippe Notton from SiPearl ...

Exascale supercomputing

Atos launches first supercomputer equipped with NVIDIA A100 GPU ...

Quantum computing

Start of the Fraunhofer Competence Center "Quantum Computing Baden-Württemberg" ...

ADVA brings post-quantum security to packet networks ...

Atos delivers its Quantum Learning Machine to Japan ...

Machine learning cracks quantum chemistry conundrum ...

Making quantum 'waves' in ultrathin materials ...

Seeqc UK awarded GBP 1,8 million in grants to advance quantum computing initiatives ...

Rising investments in quantum technology to boost market growth ...

Total is exploring quantum algorithms to improve CO2 capture ...

Middleware

Mentor Graphics and the University of Basel join the OpenMP effort ...

Hardware

NVIDIA's new Ampere data centre GPU in full production ...

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology procures new supercomputer ...

DDN announces A3I suppport for NVIDIA DGX A100 ...

Yvonne Walker recognized as one of CRN's 2020 Women of the Channel ...

Supermicro expands portfolio with fully integrated NVIDIA A100 GPU-powered systems delivering 5 Petaflop/s of AI performance in a single 4U server ...

Artificial synapses on design ...

Light, fantastic: the path ahead for faster, smaller computer processors ...

OpenFabrics Alliance (OFA) and Gen-Z Consortium announce MoU agreement ...

Tachyum achieves 90 percent of silicon laid for its Prodigy Universal Processor ...

Intel Capital invests $132 million in 11 disruptive technology start-ups ...

Inspur releases five new AI servers powered by NVIDIA A100 Tensor Core GPUs ...

Research and Markets issues Global High-Performance Computing as a Service Market Analysis and Industry Forecasts to 2026 ...

Asperitas and maincubes partner to deliver immersion cooling solutions in dedicated colocation suites ...

Delivery of supercomputer Fugaku completed ...

Applications

Supercomputer simulations help advance electrochemical reaction research ...

3D-printed nuclear reactor promises faster, more economical path to nuclear energy ...

GCS centres support research to mitigate impact of COVID-19 pandemic ...

NIST scientists create new recipe for single-atom transistors ...

ACM service awards recognize leaders who strengthen the computing community ...

New research launched on airborne virus transmission in buildings ...

Seeing the universe through new lenses ...

Liqid delivers industry's fastest single-socket server ...

National Science Foundation grant backs funcX: A smart, automated delegator for computational research ...

Educating the next generation of supercomputer users with Blue Waters ...

The Cloud

Innovium introduces TERALYNX 8, world's highest performance programmable switch for data centre networks with 25,6 Tbps throughput and support for 112 Gbps SerDes I/O ...

Wiwynn unveils standalone rack-level liquid cooling solution for OCP ORV3 at 2020 OCP Virtual Summit ...

Crowd Machine Platform is powered by Oracle Cloud and now available in the Oracle Cloud Marketplace ...