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Nuclear Energy

First-Ever Asian MELCOR User Group Meeting

The first-ever Asian MELCOR User Group Meeting was held in Daejeon, South Korea, from October 13–17. MELCOR (Methods for Estimation of Leakages and Consequences of Releases) is a fully integrated, engineering-level computer code whose primary purpose is to model severe-accident progression in light-water-reactor (LWR) nuclear power plants. Sandia developed MELCOR for the US Nuclear Regulatory […]

Recent Sandia International Used Nuclear Fuel Management Collaborations

On December 15, 2014, in Energy, News, News & Events, Nuclear Energy

During mid November, Evaristo (Tito) Bonano (senior manager of Sandia’s Advanced Nuclear Energy Group) and Sylvia Saltzstein (manager of Sandia’s Storage and Transportation Technologies Dept.) attended three meetings in Tokyo, Japan. The first two meetings focused on international R&D progress in storage and transportation of used nuclear fuel and were sponsored by the International Atomic […]

Sandia Manager to Take Over WIPP Repository Recovery Efforts

On December 4th, the DOE’s Carlsbad Field Office announced the appointment of Sandia’s Sean Dunagan (recently manager of Sandia’s Performance Assessment & Decision Analysis Dept.) to take on the role of Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) Senior Recovery Manager under an IPA (Intergovernmental Personnel Act) arrangement between the DOE and Sandia. Sean officially began his […]

China-US Technical Training and Exchange in the Field of Deep Borehole Disposal of High-Level Radioactive Waste

On December 12, 2014, in Energy, News, News & Events, Nuclear Energy

The Chinese Nuclear Power Engineering Co. (CNPE) invited Patrick Brady (in Sandia’s Geoscience Research and Applications Group) to Beijing to discuss with Chinese colleagues Sandia’s deep borehole research and the DOE Deep Borehole Demonstration Project. Bill Boyle, DOE’s Used Fuel Deposition lead, gave an overview of DOE’s nuclear-waste efforts and the goals of the Deep […]

Waste Isolation Pilot Plant Accident Investigation Analysis Support

A multi-disciplinary team provided critical analysis as part of the Technical Assessment Team supporting the investigation of a radiation release at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in Carlsbad, New Mexico. Subsequent to a February 5, 2014, truck fire, a radi­ation leak was detected above ground on February 15, 2014. Visual inspection underground traced the […]

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