ORNL, AMS collaborate on project focused on next generation nuclear technology

Consistent with the goal of bringing next generation of nuclear power reactor technology online this decade, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and Knoxville-based Analysis and Measurement Services Corporation (AMS) have successfully completed loop testing of instrument and control sensors for an advanced reactor design for small modular reactors.

Using ORNL’s thermosyphon test loop in the thermal hydraulic laboratory, along with a steam test loop built specifically for the experiment, researchers were able to successfully test the performance of nuclear grade resistance temperature detectors under conditions expected during startup and operation of a natural circulation small modular reactor.

The project was successfully completed in March under the U.S. Department of Energy’s Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear (GAIN) program. Click here for more information

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