ANS Northeastern Section Speaker Meeting Announcement for December 4th, 2013

Small Modular Reactor (SMR) Licensing Insights

Speaker: Dr. Cameron Goodwin
Director,  Rhode Island Nuclear Science Center (RINSC)

About The Speaker:

Dr. Cameron Goodwin is the Director of the Rhode Island Nuclear Science Center (RINSC), located on the Bay Campus of the University of Rhode Island.  Prior to coming to RINSC, she worked at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.  While at the NRC, she worked initially with operating power plants and then moved to advanced reactor designs, including Small Modular Reactors and High Temperature Gas-Cooled Reactors

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

Contact Information:
Dr. Cameron Goodwin, Director
Rhode Island Nuclear Science Center
16 Reactor Rd
Narragansett, RI 02882
P – (401) 789-9391
F – (401) 782-4201
cgoodwin@rinsc.ri.gov

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

Checks and/or Cash only:
5:30 pm: Registration & Social Hour
6:15 pm: Dinner- Buffett Served (from Bella Costa restaurant)
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 December 2.
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.

Location:
EPM, Inc., 959 Concord Street, Framingham, MA
Take 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:  http://local.ans.org/ne/

Photos from October 23rd, 2013 Speaker Event at University of Hartford

The University of Hartford demonstrated its “See-Thru Reactor” to a crowd of about 30 including ANS President Donald Hoffman.  This is a remarkable piece of craftsmanship created by the U of H students and a fantastic way to impart basic physical principals to future students.  It is also a lot of fun to watch.

ANS President Donald Hoffman then presented Professor James Sherrard with a Silver Anniversary Award  to mark the Three Rivers Community College ANS Student Section’s 25th year of operation!

Photos from this event are below:

The names in the group photo are (from left to right):  Eric Betts, Student Chapter Vice President Glenn Chabot, James Mosher, ANS President Donald Hoffman, Peter Van Den Berg, Student Chapter Advisor & Nuclear Department Chairman Professor James Sherrard, David Mostowy, Austin LaCroix, Jeffrey Fluet, and Alexander Poutchkov.  One student on the far left cropped out of photo is Daniel Clements (sorry!).

The Student Chapter at Three Rivers Community College in Norwich, CT is the oldest two-year student chapter in the nation and is very active in attending nuclear and health physics-related professional opportunities,  including dinner meetings, technical tours, and hosting industry guest speakers.  Typically one half of the graduates immediately transfer into either nuclear engineering or health physics BS degree programs while the other half seek employment in commercial nuclear power.  The track records for both groups is exceptional.  The program started in 1983 as a joint venture between Northeast Utilities and Thames Valley State Technical College to provide the educational credential needed for advancement within operational positions in nuclear power.  The program received its initial TAC (now ETAC) of ABET accreditation in 1989.  The college became Three Rivers Community College in 1992 after a local merger between the technical college and a community college; Dominion purchased Northeast Utilities’ nuclear assets in Connecticut in 2000.  The utility still continues to provide 16 full scholarships each year to selected entering freshmen and the program offers a 12-week paid internship at the nearby Millstone Nuclear Power Complex.  To date some 241 of the program graduates have gone to work at Northeast Utilities/Dominion Nuclear Connecticut facilities.  Other state and regional employers routinely hire TRCC nuclear graduates.

Congratulations to Three Rivers and to Professor Sherrard!  What a great night.  Thank you all!

Presentations and Photos from October 23rd, 2013 Speaker Event at Westinghouse

On October 23rd, 2013, to celebrate National Nuclear Science Week, ANS President Donald Hoffman spoke at Westinghouse to a packed room on his vision for ANS and on the state of the nuclear industry today.  Links to Donald Hoffman’s two presentation slides are available here:

20131023 Presentation Hoffman Vision Initiatives Update Oct 2013

20131023 Presentation State of Nuclear Oct 23 2013_Don Hoffman

During this presentation, the ANS Connecticut Section Chair, Stephen Szarek was presented with two local section Meritorious Awards for 2013:

  • Best Small Section for Public Information
  • Best Small Section for Section Management

Following the presentation, a plaque was unveiled that will be used for the Dedication of the Christopher Hoffman Memorial Library.

Photos from this event are below:

Thank you to all who attended!

ANS Connecticut Section Speaker Meeting Announcement for October 23rd, 2013

See-Through Reactor Demonstration and Silver Anniversary Award

Table Top Reactor (cropped)

Please join us for a demonstration of the University of Hartford’s sub-scale, see-through power plant.  This operating model accurately mimics a two loop Pressurized Water Reactor.  This table top model can demonstrate start-up, normal operating and off-normal occurrences for PWRs.  The glass components allow students to visually ascertain recirculating flow in U-tube steam generators, nucleate boiling and other fundamental PWR characteristics.

American Nuclear Society President Donald Hoffman will also present Three Rivers Community College’s American Nuclear Society Student Section a Silver Anniversary Award at this dinner meeting.

We will be meeting at the University of Hartford at 200 Bloomfield Ave West Hartford, CT, UT Hall Room 105 at 6PM.  All of the details are provided this flyer:  20131023 Speaker Meeting Announcement

So please save this date on your calendars and RSVP with name, affiliation, and contact information by October 16th to Darlene Koniarz at 860-731-6311 or koniardt@westinghouse.com.

Hope to see you there!

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/

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.