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NASA’s Solar Tower Test of the 1-Meter Aeroshell

This test is part of a series in support of NASA’s In-Space Propulsion Technologies (ISPT) program. An aeroshell allows a spacecraft to use friction from a planet’s or moon’s atmosphere as a braking force—allowing the probe to carry less fuel (for braking rockets) and permitting that now-available space and mass to be used for mission-relevant [...]

By | 2019-11-20T21:35:25+00:00 August 23rd, 2012|Concentrating Solar Power, Energy, Facilities, National Solar Thermal Test Facility, News, Partnership, Renewable Energy, Solar, Videos|Comments Off on NASA’s Solar Tower Test of the 1-Meter Aeroshell

Cyber-Based Vulnerability Assessments

Digital Instrument and Control (I&C) is an integral part of the nuclear power industry in the United States. I&C systems monitor the safe, reliable and secure generation and delivery of electricity and could have potential cyber vulnerabilities. At Sandia National Laboratories, cyber-based vulnerability assessments are conducted on multiple I&C platforms deployed in the nuclear industry [...]

By | 2018-07-30T20:00:18+00:00 August 21st, 2012|Comments Off on Cyber-Based Vulnerability Assessments

Severe Accident Modeling

Supporting nuclear energy efforts by developing risk margins, creating risk assessments, sequencing nuclear reactor accident progression, and performing reactor consequence modeling. Severe Accident Modeling Fact Sheet MELCOR Fact Sheet MACCS Fact Sheet

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Probabilistic Risk Assessment

Evaluating the risk associated with operating a facility by evaluating the frequency of accident sequences and the consequences of potential accidents. Probabilistic Risk Assessment Fact Sheet Bayesian Networks: Decision Support for Complex Systems Sodium System and Component Reliability Database (NaSCoRD)

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Human Reliability Assessment

Identifying potential human errors and systematically estimating the probability of those errors occurring as a step toward estimating a system’s total risk.

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Fire Science

Investigating the effects of fire on a variety of nuclear energy applications and components including cables and electric circuits, shipping casks, spent fuel assembly, and liquid sodium. Fire Science fact sheet

By | 2018-07-30T20:27:36+00:00 August 21st, 2012|Comments Off on Fire Science

Transportation Safety

Developing and applying technology to assure the safe transportation of radioactive and hazardous materials. Transportation Safety Fact Sheet RADTRAN Fact Sheet

By | 2018-07-30T20:26:45+00:00 August 21st, 2012|Comments Off on Transportation Safety

Uncertainty Analysis

Assessing the uncertainty present in any complex problem is an essential part of its analysis and is many times required by major US and international regulatory agencies. Uncertainty Analysis Fact Sheet

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CSP Software & Tools

DELSOL DELSOL is a performance and design code that includes optical and economic analyses. An analytical Hermite polynomial expansion/convolution-of-moments method is used to predict flux images from the heliostats in a computationally efficient manner (typically much faster than either MIRVAL or HELIOS). The code accounts for variations in insolation, cosine forshortening, shadowing and blocking, and [...]

By | 2018-07-25T18:21:36+00:00 June 21st, 2012|Comments Off on CSP Software & Tools

Informing Policymakers and Regulatory Support

Regulatory Gap Analysis Provides regulatory and risk analyses in a comprehensive and efficient manner to close the gap between dated regulations and new technologies being developed in the nuclear energy sector. Regulatory Gap Analysis Fact Sheet Quality Assurance Implementing systematic quality assurance (QA) processes in everything from data collection and [...]

By | 2018-07-30T20:31:59+00:00 March 9th, 2012|Comments Off on Informing Policymakers and Regulatory Support