Argonne, nuclear companies researching advanced reactor design

Argonne National Lab R&D for energy storage

The Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois is partnering with three nuclear companies on advanced nuclear reactor design research.
Argonne scientists will work with Areva Federal Services, GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy and Westinghouse Electric Co. to address significant technical challenges to the design, construction and operation of next-generation reactors. The projects will receive $13 million in cost-share agreements with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Nuclear Energy.
Areva is partnering with TerraPower Co. and Texas A&M University to conduct thermal hydraulic modeling and simulations and an experimental investigation for liquid metal-cooled fast reactor fuel assemblies. GEH Nuclear Energy is working with Argonne to develop an updated safety assessment of the company’s PRISM sodium-cooled fast reactor, and Westinghouse is teaming with the University of Pittsburgh to develop thermo-acoustic sensors for sodium-cooled fast reactors.
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