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Improved nuclear accident code helps policymakers assess risks from small reactors

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Sandia National Laboratories recently updated the Maccs code to better aid the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the global nuclear industry in assessing the consequences of nuclear accidents. The Maccs code can also evaluate the potential health and environmental risks posed by advanced nuclear reactors and small modular nuclear reactors. Small modular reactors […]

Extending nuclear power accident code for advanced reactor designs

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Nuclear power is a significant source of steady carbon-neutral electricity, making the design and construction of new and next-generation nuclear reactors critical for achieving the U.S.’s green energy goals. A number of new nuclear reactor designs, such as small modular reactors and non-light water reactors, have been developed over the past 10 […]

Road, rail, boat: Sandia transport triathlon puts spent nuclear fuel to the test

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Spent nuclear fuel needs to be safely transported from the power plants where it is generated to interim storage locations and eventually to a permanent geologic disposal site. Late last year, Sandia National Laboratories researchers completed an eight-month, 14,500-mile triathlon-like test to gather data on the bumps and jolts spent nuclear fuel […]

Sandia adds augmented reality to training toolbox

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — When you hear the term “serious gaming” you might envision professional eSports competitors gearing up for a League of Legends World Championship in front of tens of thousands of live fans and tens of millions of streaming fans. At Sandia National Laboratories, serious gaming means something else entirely. Experts on physical security […]

Lessons from Fukushima

Sandia helps industry learn from Japanese reactor accident ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. –When you’re an operator or engineer at a nuclear power plant, there are things you want to know long before you’re faced with an emergency. Reactor safety experts from Sandia National Laboratories and elsewhere are sharing lessons learned in Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident and […]

Nuclear power safety expert from Sandia elected to National Academy of Engineering

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A former Sandia National Laboratories senior scientist and nuclear safety expert who studied the Three Mile Island and Chernobyl nuclear power plant accidents during his more than 40-year career has been elected a member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). Dana Powers, who recently retired from Sandia’s Advanced Nuclear Energy Programs, […]