A Brief History of Nuclear Reactors: From CP-1 to Advanced Designs

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  • A Brief History of Nuclear Reactors: From CP-1 to Advanced Designs

    On Thursday, January 21 at 7pm, Dr. Nicole LaHaye will be giving a presentation titled "A Brief History of Nuclear Reactors: From CP-1 to Advanced Designs."  

    Advanced reactor designs are of great interest and a research priority around the world due to the many benefits they offer, including capital cost reduction, inherent safety features, and the ability to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by replacing aging fossil fuel plants. But what are these designs, and how did we get here? This presentation will provide a brief overview of nuclear reactor history starting with Chicago Pile-1, the world’s first artificial nuclear reactor, up through the present fleet. I will then summarize the latest collection of advanced reactor design concepts. The technological evolution of nuclear reactors has been rapid and extensive, with broad opportunities still existing for advanced scientific research and engineering.

    Dr. Nicole LaHaye is a nuclear materials engineer in the Global Nuclear Science & Technology Group at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Her research broadly spans nuclear materials production and advanced reactor designs for applications in research, energy, regulation, and national security. She received her PhD from Purdue University in 2014. She then joined PNNL in August 2014 as a postdoctoral researcher and expanded her dissertation research on the use of laser-based methods for the detection of nuclear materials before transitioning to materials production research as a full-time staff member. She is currently the project manager of multiple advanced reactor projects funded by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

    Topic: A Brief History of Nuclear Reactors: From CP-1 to Advanced Designs
    Time: Jan 21, 2021 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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    Meeting ID: 812 7654 2346
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    If you'd like to join by phone or have questions, please contact Kelly Mears at mearsk@hotmail.com

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