A Look at Nuclear Science and Technology

Larry Foulke
Radiation and Modern Life 8.1 Course Recap

Humanity’s Top Ten Problems for the next 50 years*

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2012 2050

7.0 Billion People 8-10 Billion People
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• Adapted from a presentation by Richard Smalley At the MIT Enterprise Forum 1/22/03

Where is tomorrow’s energy going to come from? Image Source: See Note 2 .

Fission Nuclear Engineering Program Image Source: See Note 3 .

Closed Nuclear Fuel Cycle Front End Back End Reactor Interim Storage Fuel Fabrication Spent Fuel Reprocessing Plutonium Enriching Uranium Transmutation Processing Milling Nuclear Engineering Exploration & Program Mining Geological Repository Image Source: See Note 3 .

The Einstein Connection E=mc2 Image Source: See Note 4 .

One truck load per month (2.000.000 kilograms) Image Source: See note 14 Image Source: See note 13 Nuclear Engineering Program Image Source: See note 15 .000 kilograms) versus 25 trainloads of coal per month (260.

Cross Section Hierarchy •  Micros on each level are the sum of all constituent micros on lower levels. σs=σe+σi σt=σa+σs σa=σc+σf Nuclear Engineering Program Image Source: See Note 3 .

Neutron Interactions Pre-Collision Fission proton neutrons γ ray Electrons (beta particles) • Fission fragments (some unstable) Nuclear Engineering Program Image Source: See Note 5 for Ionized nucleus .

Nausea and vomiting. Lethality 0% 0% 0% LD 10/30 LD 35/30 LD 50/30 LD 60/30 LD 100/14 LD 100/7 LD 100/2 LD xx/yy gives the percentage of fatalities (xx%) within yy days. Loss of hair. Mild radiation sickness.5 Sv Nuclear Engineering Program .5 (20-50) 0. without medical attention.Radiation Dose Effects Equiv Dose Sv (Rem) 0.25 Sv Mild radiation sickness Human LD 50/30 ≈4. Widespread damage to organs.5-1 (50-100) 1-2 (100-200) 2-3 (200-300) 3-4 (300-400) 4-6 (400-600) 6-10 (600-1000) 10-50 (1000-5000) >50 (>5000) Symptoms None No external. Widespread internal bleeding. Complete destruction of bone marrow. Increased severity of symptoms listed above.2 (5-20) 0.2-0. loss of white blood cells.05-0. No detectable response <0. Direct damage to central nervous system. Near shutdown of immune system. Direct burning damage to skin. Nausea and vomiting. Uncontrollable hemorrhaging. Immune system depressed. Temporary reduction in red blood count.

7 mSv 100 mSv Above 1 Sv Image Source: See Note 6 Human Health Effects of Radiation Dose .3.

NEUTRON MULTIPLICATION k Critical Subcritical = 1 < 1 ρ neutron population = 0 < 0 > 0 steady state decreasing increasing Supercritical > 1 k = effective multiplication factor = neutron production/ neutron loss ρ = reactivity = (k -1)/ k Nuclear Engineering Program .

25 sec n(t ) = a1et /T n(0) Nuclear Engineering Program Image Source: See Note 3 .Response to Positive ρ Power x10 ~ 0.

Pressurized Water Reactors! Nuclear Engineering Program Image source: See Note 7 .

Fuel Assembly Features Rod Cluster Control Assembly Top Nozzle Guide Tubes Grid Strap Fuel Rods Grid Strap Grid Strap Bottom Nozzle Nuclear Engineering Program Image Source: See Note 8 (not in all assemblies) shown partially withdrawn Grid Strap .

Sodium Cooled Fast Reactor •  Three loops •  Sodium coolant •  No moderator •  Fast Spectrum •  Breeder Nuclear Engineering Program Image Source: See Note 9 .

Overcooling •  Removing too much energy from Overcoolingworking fluid on secondary side Nuclear Engineering Program Image Source: See Note 7 .Accident Types .

Multiple Barriers 1st & 2nd Barriers Pellet & Cladding Nuclear Engineering Program 3rd Barrier Primary-System Boundary 4th Barrier Reactor Containment Image Source: See Note 10 .

Engineered Safety Features Nuclear Engineering Program Image Source: See Note 11 .

5. 2001 Image Source: See Note 12 Nuclear Engineering Program .000 deaths related to oil. Switzerland.Nuclear has best safety record Deaths from Accidents from Generating Electricity per Billion MWe-hr Hydro Coal Gas Nuclear 1 10 *Includes Chernobyl 101 39 400-page study of 4.000 related to coal. 8.000 related to gas. Paul Scherrer Institute.290 energyrelated accidents: 15.

•  Solar panels fill needs for inner solar system •  Deep-space research requires alternate power source •  Radioisotope power sources have been used for many missions Image Source: See Note 16 .

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gov/rps/contact.wikipedia.nasa.  Reprinted with permission from Erik Arroyo – University of Pittsburgh 16.  Public Domain: http://en.  Reprinted with permission from the USNRC.cfm .  Public domain: http://solarsystem.org/wiki/Coal_train#Bulk 14. 15.Image Source Notes 13.

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