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Reactors designed by Argonne National Laboratory

Nuclear Reactors designed by Argonne

Argonne developed and/or built experiments, research reactors, or prototypes of every kind of commercial nuclear reactor in the world today, as well as many research and training reactors… Nuclear reactors designed by Argonne


Major Programs

Fuel Cycle Research & Development
Fuel Cycle Research & Development
Development and assessment of technologies for improved management of spent nuclear fuel. [more]
NE Departments involved:
Engineering AnalysisNuclear Systems Analysis Engineering Development & Applications

Advanced Reactor Concepts
Advanced Reactor Concepts
Provide enhanced operational performance, safety, security, economics, and proliferation resistance over currently deployed light water reactor technologies through national and international research and development collaborations.
DOE Overview: Advanced Reactor Technologies
FACT SHEET:
Advanced Reactor Concepts Program [1.9MB]
NE Departments involved:
Engineering AnalysisNuclear Systems AnalysisEngineering Development & Applications
Generation IV (Gen IV) Nuclear Energy Program
Gen IV Nuclear Energy Program
Development of next generation nuclear systems featuring significant advances in sustainability, economics, safety, reliability, proliferation resistance and physical protection. [more]
FACT SHEET:
Generation IV (Gen IV) Program [74 KB]
NE Departments involved:
Engineering AnalysisNuclear Systems Analysis Engineering Development & Applications
Nuclear Energy Advanced Modeling & Simulation
Nuclear Energy Advanced Modeling & Simulation
Development of mechanistic, predictive modeling and simulation tools to advance our understanding and confidence in the performance, safety and economic benefits of next generation nuclear reactor and fuel designs. [more]
NE Departments involved:
Engineering AnalysisNuclear Systems Analysis
Reduced Enrichment for Research and Test Reactors (RERTR)
Reduced Enrichment for Research and Test Reactors (RERTR)
Conversion of research reactors from high- to low-enriched uranium fuel to reduce risk of nuclear weapons proliferation. [RERTR website]
FACT SHEET:
Research and Test Reactor [947KB]
NE Departments involved:
Nuclear Systems AnalysisResearch & Test Reactor Conversion

RERTR 2014 International Meeting on Reduced Enrichment for Research and Test Reactors
October 12-15, 2014 — Vienna, Austria
NNSA’s Office of Global Threat Reduction hosted the “RERTR 2014 International Meeting on Reduced Enrichment for Research and Test Reactors” in Vienna, Austria from Oct. 12-15, 2014 RERTR 2014 website.

Nuclear Regulatory Research
Nuclear Regulatory Research
Providing broad technical expertise in the relevant engineering technology areas and appropriate technical support to the NRC Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research.
DOE Overview: Nuclear Regulatory Research
NE Departments involved:
Detection & Diagnostic SystemsNuclear Systems Analysis
International Programs
International Programs
Serving as an interface between the IAEA and the U.S. nuclear community, the International Programs play a lead role in many of the daily programmatic activities of the U.S.-IAEA relationship, including administering IAEA programs in the United States and encouraging Americans to consider IAEA employment. [more]
SEE ALSO:
Engaging America’s experts: Argonne’s program to support the IAEA
The lab’s International Programs helps researchers from abroad and makes U.S. expertise available to the International Atomic Energy Agency. Article by Allison M. Holiski, published in the January 2013 issue of Nuclear News, Copyright ? 2013 by the American Nuclear Society [739KB]
International Nuclear Safety
International Nuclear Safety
Fostering open exchange of safety information and improvements of nuclear plant safety worldwide. [more]
NE Departments involved:
Engineering Analysis
Materials Disposition (MD)
Materials Disposition (MD)
Safe disposition of excess weapons plutonium through reactor irradiation and conversion to spent fuel. [more]
NE Departments involved:
Engineering AnalysisNuclear Systems Analysis
Decontamination and Decommissioning (D&D)
Decontamination and Decommissioning (D&D)
Safe and cost-effective decommissioning of surplus, radioactively contaminated facilities (project identification, design, planning, budgeting, and project execution including disassembly, size reduction, waste packaging, demolition and decontamination). Knowledge gained through successful project completions is shared with others in the DOE complex and the nuclear community at large through topical presentations, training, and exchange of lessons learned. [more]
FACT SHEET:
Decommissioning Program [135 KB]
NE Departments involved:
Engineering Development & Applications

Decommissioning Training Courses
A wealth of decommissioning know-how brought to you by seasoned professionals in the industry with a broad base of knowledge from practical decommissioning experience. Find out more about our "Facility Decommissioning" training courses now!

Nuclear Criticality Safety
Nuclear Criticality Safety
Enhancing capability for assuring safe storage and transport for nuclear materials. [more]
FACT SHEET:
Nuclear Criticality Safety [98 KB]
NE Departments involved:
Nuclear Systems Analysis
Nuclear Data Program
Nuclear Data Program
Processing and validation analysis, compilation, evaluation and measurements of nuclear data. [more]
NE Departments involved:
Nuclear Systems Analysis
Nuclear Waste Form Modeling
Nuclear Waste Form Modeling
Assuring safe performance of waste forms from processed EBR-II spent fuel in the Yucca Mountain Geologic Repository. [more]
FACT SHEET:
Nuclear Waste Management [94 KB]
NE Departments involved:
Engineering Analysis

 

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