ANS Northeastern Section Speaker Meeting Announcement for October 23, 2013

DEBRIS EFFECTS IN LONG-TERM POST-LOCA PWR COOLING

Featuring Graham B. Wallis

Emeritus Sherman Fairchild Professor of Engineering, Dartmouth College

ABSTRACT

Long term cooling of the reactor core by recirculation of water from the sump of a PWR following a LOCA differs from short-term cooling by ECCS that the NRC has regulated under 10 CFR 50.46 for decades.   The numerous constituents of debris, mostly created by the jet from the LOCA, complicate prediction and verification of the performance of strainers that are intended to protect the pumps and particularly the core.   This gave rise to the NRC’s generic safety issue GSI-191 that is still incompletely resolved after 17 years and has led to major changes in many nuclear plants as well as a succession of tests that have sometimes yielded surprises.   The history of this issue and of the pertinent technical phenomena will be reviewed.

About The Speaker:

Graham Wallis is the emeritus Sherman Fairchild Professor of Engineering at Dartmouth, where he has been a faculty member since 1962.   He has worked in the area of multiphase flows for over 50 years.   His book “One-Dimensional Two-Phase Flow” was published in 1969.   From 1988 to 2007 he was a member of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards, being its Chairman in the years 2005 and 2006.  He continues to consult for that committee.

Contact Information:

http://engineering.dartmouth.edu/people/faculty/graham-wallis/

Dinner:

Members and Visitors : $30.00
Students: $10.00
Spouse: $30.00
Non-members: $42.00

Dinner included
Membership Dues (2013 -14 Season): ($20.00 good through 8/2014)

Checks and/or Cash only:

5:30 pm: Registration & Social Hour

6:15 pm: Dinner- Buffett Served
7:00 pm: Speaker
8:15 pm: Adjourn

No Show Advisory:

We are charged according to the head-count provided prior to the meeting, no-shows hurt ANS/NE financially. If you need to cancel after signing up, please give us notice before 12:00 noon on October 21.

Please note if you make reservations and don’t show up, we will end up paying for your dinner.  If your plans change, please let us know ahead of time, otherwise, we will be asking you for the full payment.

Directions:

EPM, Inc. is located at 959 Concord Street in Framingham:

Mass Pike to Natick exit, (exit 13) keep right after the tolls and continue on Route 30 west bound to right turn on to Concord Street, (route 126 North) to EPM office at 959, brick three story building, proceed to 3rd floor.

The schedule for future Northeastern Section meetings is available on the NE site:

ANS NE Link:    http://local.ans.org/ne/

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ABB Video and Photos from September 12th, 2013 Speaker Meeting

This video was shown during John Conant’s excellent presentation on the Environmental Cleanup of the ABB/Combustion Engineering Site on Dayhill Road in Windsor, CT.  Enjoy!

ABB Where Past and Future Meet

https://vimeo.com/74472092

Photos from that night are below:

Thank you to all who attended!

Documentary Film Event for September 26th, 2013

Special Screening of the New Documentary Film:  “PANDORA’S PROMISE”

Hosted by University of Hartford

ANS (CT Section), North American Young Generation in Nuclear (NAYGN), and Women in Nuclear (WIN) are co-sponsoring a FREE showing of Pandora’s Promise!

In case you haven’t heard of Pandora’s Promise, it’s a feature-length documentary about the history and future of nuclear power, and explores how and why nuclear power is now embraced by many of those who once led the charge against it.

When:         September 26th, 2013
What Time:    7pm
Where:        University of Hartford’s Konover Center

Seats are limited, so sign up soon by contacting Stephen Odell at:  odellsj@westinghouse.com

Parking Passes and Directions are available below:


Pandora's Promise banner

From the film’s producers:

A hit at the Sundance Film Festival, PANDORA’S PROMISE dares to tackle the emerging divide within the environmental movement over nuclear energy through the intimately told stories of thinkers, experts and authors who have come to change their minds about nuclear power. Academy Award®-nominated filmmaker Robert Stone elegantly interweaves the personal narratives of Stewart Brand, Richard Rhodes, Gwyneth Cravens, Mark Lynas and Michael Shellenberger. By unearthing their personal transformations, Stone pierces commonly held assumptions and provides a captivating deconstruction of popular myths about radiation, waste and weapons, taking viewers on a mind-altering journey. 
PANDORA’S PROMISE inspires serious and realistic debate about how mankind will continue to power modern civilization without destroying it.

ANS Northeastern Section Nuclear Careers Panel Announcement for September 18th, 2013

September 18, 2013 – Nuclear Career Opportunities Meeting

Please register as soon as possible before September 13, 2013 – Earlier registrations help us with our planning 

For Meeting information and online reservations go to:  http://local.ans.org/ne

  • Meeting will be held at UMASS Lowell, 1 University Avenue, Lowell, MA 01852
  • Facility Tours: Those interested in touring the UML Reactor at 4:30 pm should indicate so in their reservation/registration request

Speakers:
EPM – Bob Kalantari, CEO
AREVA – Darvin Kapitz
Invensys – Brian Davis, Resource Manager
Westinghouse – Daryl Harmon, Consulting Engineer
CB&I – Dan Fadel, VP Nuclear Services
Seabrook Nuclear Plant – Jim Connolly, Director of Engineering

Schedule:
6:00 pm: Registration & Social Hour
6:30 pm: Dinner- Served
7:00 pm: Panel Presentations
8:00 pm: Audience Questions
9:00 pm: Adjourn

No Show Advisory:
We are charged according to the head-count provided prior to the meeting, no-shows hurt ANS/NE financially. If you need to cancel after signing up, please give us notice before 12:00 noon on the day before the meeting.  Please note if you make reservations and don’t show up, we will end up paying for your dinner. If your plans change, please let us know ahead of time, otherwise, we will be asking you for the full payment. For cancellations or changes, please contact Sam Martin at: csammartin@comcast.net

Meeting Fee, Directions and Maps:  Provided on ANS NE website at http://local.ans.org/ne

ANS Connecticut Section Speaker Meeting Announcement for September 12th, 2013

Environmental Cleanup of the Combustion Engineering Site

Please join us in welcoming John F. Conant, formerly of ABB/CE, who will speak about the Environmental Cleanup of the Combustion Engineering site on Dayhill Road in Windsor, CT.  This talk will address the cleanup of the site’s commercial nuclear contamination, the EPA Voluntary Remedial Action (VCA) program for chemicals, and the cleanup of Navy contamination, under FUSRAP (Formerly Utilized Sites Remedial Action Program), started in 1974 by the DOE for the old Manhattan and Cold War sites.  Many of our Westinghouse ANS members know this site well.  This talk should also be exciting for anyone interested in Environmental Engineering.

About the speaker:

John Conant has worked for over 42 years for ABB/CE and retired as the Director of Nuclear Engineering and Compliance for ABB in the U.S.  For the last 18 years, Mr. Conant has managed many aspects of nuclear and non-nuclear building decontamination and demolition, as well as soils, sub-grade piping/utilities, water bodies, and groundwater remediation.

We will be meeting at the Nutmeg Restaurant at 297 South Main Street, East Windsor, CT at 6PM.  All of the details are provided this flyer:  20130912 Speaker Meeting Announcement

So please save this date on your calendars and RSVP with your dinner selection, affiliation, and contact information by September 6th to Stephen Szarek at 860-731-6313 or szareksw@westinghouse.com.  Dinner choices are:

  • Chicken Francaise
  • Grilled Salmon with an Herb White Wine Cream
  • Thin Sliced Roast Beef with au jus
  • Vegetarian Stir Fry

PLEASE  try to spread the word about this talk!  There are lots of past CE employees and retirees that may want to join us.  We are hoping for a BIG turn out!

ANS Connecticut Section Second Anniversary Celebration!

You are cordially invited to a CELEBRATION  marking the Second Anniversary of the ANS Connecticut Section Revitalization!  We will mark this event at J&G’s Restaurant and Lounge at 35 South Main Street in East Granby, CT on August 15th, 2013 starting at 5:30 PM.  The website for the restaurant is:  www.jgrestaurant.com.

Pizza, salad, and soft drinks will be served.  This event will be FREE to our members and their guests but attendees are asked to pay for their own alcohol.  Details are provided in this flyer:

20130815 Annual Celebration Flyer

We really hope many of you can join us for this party.  As tradition dictates, there will be no technical presentations this night – just good food, drink, and friendly conversation.  We need to thank a lot of great volunteers and recognize all their hard work!  As we move into our third year, we can take stock our sound financial condition, a great year of speakers and educational outreach, and our growing reputation.

So please save August 15th on your calendars.  And RSVP as soon as you can to Shawn Downey (downeysm@westinghouse.com) or Stephen Szarek (szareksw@westinghouse.com) so we can get an accurate head count for the restaurant.  You must be 21 years old to attend.  See you there!

ANS Northeastern Section Speaker Meeting Announcement for June 5th, 2013

Hydraulic Fracturing (Fracking)

Featuring Dr. Tarek Saba

MEETING PRICES: Members: $30 ; Non Members: $37 ; Students: $10

LOCATION in Canton — CB&I (Formerly Shaw Group)

Register online at http://local.ans.org/ne/fraqing.html

If you need assistance please contact Sam Martin :  csammartin@comcast.net

Abstract:

This presentation will provide an overview of hydraulic fracturing, also referred to as “fracking”. An outline of the steps involved in the fracturing process and the types of chemical classes used will be presented. The environmental concerns being raised with regards to groundwater contamination from fracturing operations will be detailed. Several examples of relevant circumstances are provided based on Dr. Saba’s review of information from groundwater contamination claims in Pennsylvania.

About The Speaker:

Dr. Tarek Saba is a senior manager at Exponent’s Environmental Sciences practice.  He provides consulting and expert support to clients in matters involving chemical forensics, geochemistry, and hydrogeology.  Dr. Saba has been involved in matters including natural gas migration; hydraulic fracturing; natural resource damage assessments (NRDA), Superfund (CERCLA) liability,; and remedial cost recovery claims at manufactured gas plants (MGPs).  Dr. Saba earned a Ph.D. from University of Colorado at Boulder, and worked on groundwater remediation technology development for the US EPA before starting his consulting practice.

Contact Information :

http://www.exponent.com/tarek_saba/#tab_profile

Dinner:

Members and Visitors : $30.00
Students: $10.00
Spouse: $30.00
Non-members: $37.00

Dinner included / Checks and/or Cash only
Membership Dues (2012 -13 Season): ($15.00 good through 8/2013)

5:30 pm: Registration and Social Hour
6:00 pm: Dinner
7:00 pm: Speaker

Directions:

The meeting location is the atrium of the CB&I (formerly Shaw Group) office at 150 Royal Street, Canton, MA. It is off of Route 38 just north of 128 (I-93).

No Show Advisory:

We are charged according to the head-count provided prior to the meeting, no-shows hurt ANS/NE financially. If you need to cancel after signing up, please give us notice before 12:00 noon on June 2nd.

Please note if you make reservations and don’t show up, we will end up paying for your dinner.  If your plans change, please let us know ahead of time, otherwise, we will be asking you for the full payment.

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