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New Designs for Nuclear Power Reactors

July 11 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Free

AIP Lecture – Visitors Welcome

“New Designs for Nuclear Power Reactors”
by Dr Mark Ho

Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation,
Lucas Heights, NSW.
President, Australian Nuclear Association

Abstract
Nuclear reactors generate 11% of the world’s electricity delivering emissions-free, baseload power. Of the world’s 447 power reactors 83% are LWRs (light-water reactors) that operate in a thermal-neutron energy spectrum where the neutron capture cross-section of Uranium-235 is maximised. Light Water Reactors are a proven technology, with over 50 years of operational experience and remain the design of choice for new builds. On the 10 year horizon, small modular reactors (SMR) will become available. Essentially a small LWR by design, these SMRs promise to be safer, faster to build and thus cheaper to finance. Their smaller size may also lead to them becoming brownfield replacements for old retiring coal-fired power plants.
In the future, advanced reactors that operate in the fast neutron spectrum will become widely deployed. Using coolants such as sodium, lead or molten-salt, these reactors will operate at a higher temperature, radiation and corrosion environment but with the ability to breed fuel, burn radioactive waste and operate at a higher thermal efficiency. This talk will provide an overview of all reactor developments.

Biography
Dr Mark Ho works at ANSTO, Lucas Heights, specialising in reactor thermo-hydraulics. He’s interested in reactor design, computational fluid dynamics, coding and boiling dynamics. He has recently returned from a meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna on Small Modular Reactors. He is the current President of the Australian Nuclear Association which is an organisation of professional scientists and engineers based in Sydney and with a branch in Adelaide.

Enquiries: aip_branchsecretary_sa@aip.org.au

Details

Date:
July 11
Time:
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Cost:
Free
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Venue

Kerr Grant Lecture Theatre
Physics Building, University of Adelaide, North Terrace
Adelaide, SA 5005 Australia
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