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New offerings from ANS

The American Nuclear Society is offering new materials in time for the holidays. Buy one for a friend…..and another for yourself!

New Books

75 Years with Nuclear Fission (a reprint of “50 Years with Nuclear Fission”)  Although many of the pioneers who contributed to the 1989 ANS 75years!conference celebrating the 50 years with nuclear fission have passed away, we celebrate their words and contributions at this year’s Winter Meeting by offering a special reprinting of  “50 Years with Nuclear Fission.” Industry pioneers such as Edoardo Amaldi, Georgy Flerov, Siegfried Fluegge, Bertrand Goldschmidt, Rudolf Peirels, Pavle Savić, Glenn Seaborg, Emilio Segre, Edward Teller, John Wheeler, and Walter Zinn will have their words resonate again in this special reprint edition.

The Never-Ending Challenge of Engineering: Admiral H. G. Rickover in his Own Words, compiled by Paul E. Cantonwine  This book is a practical and philosophical look at the principles used by engineers from the perspective of one of America’s greatest engineers, Admiral Hyman George Rickover. He is an icon Rickover NEVER-ENDING CHALLENGE cover imagein the history of nuclear power, and one of his greatest contributions was to develop nuclear power technology to meet much higher safety and quality standards tha past technological developments. The record of safety in Rickover’s nuclear Navy and in the U.S. commercial nuclear industry is unique in the history of power technology.
 
Radiochemical Technology in Nuclear Power Plants, by Chien C. Lin  This  book is a revision of “Radiochemistry in Nuclear Power Reactors,” published in 1996 by the National Research Council. The new boolinbook!k reflects certain changes and improvements from the 1996 edition, dealing with two types of light water reactors—boiling water reactors and pressurized water reactors—and includes a new chapter on radiochemistry fundamentals that provides materials for those who have not been previously exposed to basic radiochemistry in college. Also included are discussions of applications and more sophisticated techniques that have been developed in the past few years, updated data and information on activated corrosion products and radiation buildup control, and more details about fission product measurements and fuel integrity failure evaluation. In addition, at the end of the book, a number of exercises are provided for the reader to practice solving problems that may be faced during routine work in a nuclear power plant.

Nuclear Reactor Theory, by George Bell and Samuel Glasstone  ANS Nuclear Reactor Theory cover imagehas reproduced the long out-of-print Nuclear Reactor Theory, thanks to the Department of Energy, which holds the book’s copyright. The book explains the most important physical concepts and mathematical methods commonly used in predicting the behavior of neutrons in nuclear reactors. It serves as an excellent introduction to reactor theory for physicists, mathematicians, and engineers, and was written by two pioneers in the nuclear field. This seminal work is a must for any student of nuclear theory.

New Proceedings

topfuelLWR Fuel Performance Meeting (TopFuel 2013)  This TopFuel 2013 proceedings on CD showcases the latest in technology and future industry trends for world-class light-water reactor fuel performance. There were 150 technical papers and 32 poster papers published in the proceedings from more than 20 countries. The technical papers and poster session were organized into the following tracks: Operation and experience; transient fuel behavior; design and material; modeling; spent fuel storage and transportation; and new fuel concepts.

International Topical Meeting on Probabilistic Safety Assessment and Analysis (PSA 2013)  This technical program on CD from the meeting on September 22-27, 2013, reflects the excitement of the nuclear renaissance being led by the construction of new plants at the nearby V.C. Summer and Vogtle plants.PSA 2013 contains about 200 full papers with such topics as risk-informing operations/regulation; human reliability analysis; dynamic PSA; fire PSA; next generation reactors; PSA education and training; low power and shutdown PSA; advances in PSA data; flooding PSA; safety margins and risk management; aging management insights for PSA; and small modular reactors.

NCSD 2013 (National Criticality Safety Division 2013)  The theme for the NCSD 2013 meeting was “Criticality Safety in the Modern Era: Raising the program-fullBar.” This proceedings on CD contains about 70 full papers with topics that include criticality accidents and response; methods; analysis and experiments; and programs/training/risk assessment/post Fukushima.

Order your publications today from ANS.

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New book! C.C. Lin’s “Radiochemical Technology”

Radiochemistry Tech coverThe American Nuclear Society has published a new book, “Radiochemical Technology in Nuclear Power Plants” by Chien C. Lin, available in hard cover through the ANS store.

The book is a revision of “Radiochemistry in Nuclear Power Reactors” that was published in 1996 by the National Research Council.

The new volume reflects certain changes and improvements from the 1996 edition. It deals with two types of light water reactors—boiling water reactors and pressurized water reactors—and includes a new chapter on radiochemistry fundamentals that provides materials for those who have not been previously exposed to basic radiochemistry in college.

Also included are discussions of applications and more sophisticated techniques that have been developed in the past few years, updated data and information on activated corrosion products and radiation buildup control, and more details about fission product measurements and fuel integrity failure evaluation.

In addition, at the end of the book, a number of exercises are provided for the reader to practice solving problems that may be faced during routine work in a nuclear power plant.

Update your library today by ordering this book from ANS!

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Nuclear Technology seeks editor-designate

The American Nuclear Society is soliciting names of qualified members who are interested in becoming the editor of the ANS journal Nuclear Technology (NT). Dr. Nicholas Tsoulfanidis, Professor Emeritus of Nuclear Engineering, Missouri University of Science and Technology, has served as editor of NT since June 1997. During his term, Professor Tsoulfanidis has done an outstanding job. He has raised NT’s reputation for technical excellence and has kept up a full schedule of publishing monthly issues.

Professor Tsoulfanidis has indicated that he intends to retire from the editorship at the conclusion of his current term in June 2015. Consequently, ANS is seeking a qualified individual to fill this position. The selected person will be appointed “Editor-Designate” by June 2014, will work with Professor Tsoulfanidis for approximately one year, and will take over the full editor’s role no later than June 2015.

It is the responsibility of the editor of NT to maintain the technical quality of the journal. The responsibilities of the position include reviewing submitted papers for content and appropriateness, selecting suitable reviewers for detailed technical review of each paper, reading reviewers’ comments and recommendations, and determining the outcome of the submission (acceptance as is, required revision and re-review, or rejection). The editor also sets the technical directions of the journal by soliciting papers, special issues, and reviews on important and timely technical topics. The editor is expected to be proactive in obtaining manuscripts such that a sufficient number of high-quality manuscripts on appropriate and timely topics are considered for publication.

The editor will work with the ANS Scientific Publications Department staff to ensure that NT is financially viable. This includes forecasting the future volume of papers for planning purposes and providing advice on subscription prices and page charges. The editorial and administrative work associated with publishing NT (receiving manuscripts, transmitting manuscripts to reviewers, following up to get reviews back, technical editing, typesetting, and printing) is carried out by the ANS Scientific Publications Department staff. The role of the editor is thus primarily technical leadership and direction. Past experience indicates that this requires on average 8 hours per week, including attendance at the two ANS national meetings and approximately two topical meetings per year. The editor meets with and reports to the ANS Technical Journals Committee (TJC) at the national meetings each year.

ANS pays the editor a small honorarium, provides a travel budget to attend the required meetings, and pays communications costs as needed.

Candidates for editor must be knowledgeable and respected members of the nuclear community and members (in good standing) of ANS. They must have experience with and appreciation for the role of research and journal publication in the nuclear area.

Individuals who are qualified and interested in this vital position are requested to electronically submit the following documents to rmichal@ans.org:

  1. cover letter highlighting the applicant’s interest in and suitability for the position—one page maximum;
  2. statement of editorial approach: brief summary of the applicant’s approach toward executing the responsibilities of editor, in particular, specific plans for ensuring that NT will continue to thrive over the next decade—two pages maximum;
  3. full curriculum vitae including list of publications—no page limit.

For full consideration, applications must be received by May 1, 2013. Receipt of an application will be acknowledged via e-mail reply. Queries about this opportunity should be directed to Dr. Yousry Azmy, TJC Chair, yyazmy@ncsu.edu, 919-515-3385. Interviews of the prospective candidates by
the TJC are expected to be held at the 2013 ANS Annual meeting in Atlanta, Georgia.

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January issue of ANS journal Nuclear Technology is available

The January 2013 issue of ANS’s Nuclear Technology journal is available electronically and in hard copy for American Nuclear Society member subscribers and others. Non-subscribers click here to  subscribe to NT and other ANS titles.

NT is the international research journal of ANS and is edited by Dr. Nicholas Tsoulfanidis.

The January issue contains the following peer-reviewed articles:

ANS journals are available for purchase by edition or by article. Please click here to go to the online journals page. A menu of ANS’s publications is available online by clicking here.

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December issue of ANS journal Nuclear Technology is available

The December 2012 issue of ANS’s Nuclear Technology journal is available electronically and in hard copy for American Nuclear Society member subscribers and others. Non-subscribers click here to  subscribe to NT and other ANS titles.

NT is the international research journal of ANS and is edited by Nicholas Tsoulfanidis.

The December issue contains the following peer-reviewed articles:

ANS journals are available for purchase by edition or by article. Please click here to go to the online journals page. A menu of ANS’s publications is available online by clicking here.

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November edition of ANS’s Fusion Science and Technology available

The November 2012 edition of the technical journal Fusion Science and Technology (FST) is available electronically and in hard copy for American Nuclear Society member subscribers and others. Non-subscribers click here to  subscribe to FST and other ANS titles.

FST is the leading journal of information on fusion plasma and plasma engineering and is edited by Nermin Uckan.

The November issue contains the following peer-reviewed articles:

TECHNICAL PAPERS

Selected Papers from

SEVENTH FUSION DATA VALIDATION WORKSHOP 2012 (Part 2)

ANS journals are available through annual subscriptions and by individual edition or article. Please click here to go to the online journals page. A menu of ANS’s publications is available online by clicking here.

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November edition of ANS journal Nuclear Technology is available

The ANS Winter Meeting is focused on progress in nuclear technology. Keep up-to-date year round with the ANS technical journal Nuclear Technology (NT).  The November 2012 edition is available electronically and in hard copy for American Nuclear Society member subscribers and others. Non-subscribers click here to  subscribe to NT and other ANS titles.

NT is the international research journal of ANS and is edited by Nicholas Tsoulfanidis.

The November issue contains the following peer-reviewed articles:

ANS journals are available through annual subscriptions and by individual edition or article. Please click here to go to the online journals page. A menu of ANS’s publications is available online by clicking here.

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ANS’s NS&E journal for November

The November 2012 edition of the technical journal Nuclear Science and Engineering (NSE) is available electronically and in hard copy for American Nuclear Society member subscribers and others.  Non-subscribers click here to  subscribe to NSE and other ANS titles.

Nuclear Science and Engineering is the international research journal of ANS and is edited by Dr. Dan G. Cacuci.

The November issue contains the following peer-reviewed articles:

ANS journals are available through annual subscriptions and by individual edition or article. Please click here to go to the online journals page. A menu of ANS’s publications is available online by clicking here.

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October’s NSE journal in print & online editions

The October 2012 issue of the technical journal Nuclear Science and Engineering is available electronically and in hard copy for American Nuclear Society member subscribers and others.  Non-subscribers click here to learn how to subscribe to NSE and other ANS titles.

NSE is the international research journal of ANS and is edited by Dr. Dan Cacuci.

The October issue contains the following peer-reviewed articles:

ANS journals are available for purchase by issue or by article. Please click here to go to the online journals page. A menu of ANS’s publications is available online by clicking here.

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ANS’s Nuclear Technology journal is here

The October 2012 issue of the technical journal Nuclear Technology is available electronically and in hard copy for American Nuclear Society member subscribers and others.  Non-subscribers click here to learn how to subscribe to NT and other ANS titles.

NT is the international research journal of ANS and is edited by Dr. Nicholas Tsoulfanidis.

The October issue contains the following peer-reviewed articles:

ANS journals are available for purchase by issue or by article. Please click here to go to the online journals page. A menu of ANS’s publications is available online by clicking here.

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October’s Fusion Science & Technology journal is available

The October 2012 issue of the technical journal Fusion Science and Technology is available electronically and in hard copy for American Nuclear Society member subscribers and others.  Non-subscribers click here to learn how to subscribe to FST and other ANS titles.

FST is the leading journal for information on fusion plasma and plasma engineering. The journal is edited by Dr. Nermin Uckan.

The October issue contains the following peer-reviewed articles:

ANS journals are available for purchase by issue or by article. Please click here to go to the online journals page. A menu of ANS’s publications is available online by clicking here.

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ANS’s Nuclear Science and Engineering journal for September

The September 2012 edition of the technical journal Nuclear Science and Engineering is available electronically and in hard copy for American Nuclear Society member subscribers and others.

Nuclear Science and Engineering is an international journal of the American Nuclear Society and is edited by Dr. Dan G. Cacuci.

The September issue contains the following peer-reviewed articles:

ANS journals are available for purchase by edition or by article. Please click here to go to the online journals page. A menu of ANS’s publications is available online by clicking here. Just an FYI, you will notice that our electronic journals are available ahead of when our printed versions are available.

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ANS’s Nuclear Technology journal for September

The September 2012 edition of the technical journal Nuclear Technology is available electronically and in hard copy for American Nuclear Society member subscribers and others.

Nuclear Technology is an international journal of the American Nuclear Society and is edited by Dr. Nicholas Tsoulfanidis.

The September issue contains the following peer-reviewed articles:

ANS journals are available for purchase by edition or by article. Please click here to go to the online journals page. A menu of ANS’s publications is available online by clicking here.

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August edition of ANS’s NSE available

The August 2012 edition of the technical journal Nuclear Science and Engineering (NSE) is available electronically and in hard copy for American Nuclear Society member subscribers and others.

NSE is the international research journal of ANS and is edited by Dr. Dan G. Cacuci.

The August issue contains the following peer-reviewed articles:

  • Best-Estimate Predictions and Model Calibration for Reactor Thermal Hydraulics, by Madalina C. Badea, Dan C. Cacuci, and Aurelian F. Badea
  • Fission Neutron Spectrum Sensitivity Study for the Case of Advanced Heavy Water Reactor, by Anek Kumar and S. Ganesan
  • A Robust Arbitrary High-Order Transport Method of the Characteristic Type for Unstructured Grids, by Rodolfo M. Ferrer and Yousry Y. Azmy
  • Nonlinear Acceleration of Transport Criticality Problems, by H. Park, D.A. Knoll, and C.K. Newman
  • Generation of Few-Group Diffusion Theory Constants by Monte Carlo Code McCARD, by Ho Jin Park, Hyung Jin Shim, Han Gyu Joo, and Chang Hyo Kim
  • Simulation of Neutron Pulse Height Distributions with a
    Response Matrix Method, by S. Prasad, S. D. Clarke, S. A. Pozzi, and E. W. Larsen
  • Neutron Interactions with 3He Revisited—I: Elastic Scattering Around and Beyond 10 MeV, by M. Drosg, R. Avalos Ortiz, and P. W. Lisowski
  • Theoretical Calculations and Analysis of n + 27Al Reaction, by Yinlu Han, Yongli Xu, Haiying Liang, Hairui Guo,
    Chonghai Cai, and Qingbiao Shen

The August issue of NSE also contains the following technical note:

  • Measurements of the 71Ga(n,γ)72m+gGa Cross Section
    in the Neutron Energy Range of 13.5 to 14.8 MeV, by Junhua Luo, Rong Liu, and Li Jiang

ANS journals are available for purchase by edition or by article. Please click here to go to the online journals page. A menu of ANS’s publications is available online by clicking here.

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Sowing the seeds of curiosity

I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.

~Albert Einstein

by Suzy Hobbs Baker

Everyone can remember at least one teacher from childhood who actually made learning fun rather than a task, and inspired students to keep digging for more knowledge after the bell had rung. Really good teachers do more than just teach—they sow the seeds of curiosity.

For me, it was my seventh grade biology teacher, Mrs. Smith. Every class was something new and exciting (cell-shaped cakes, anyone?).

Her enthusiasm for science was contagious, and for me it began a deep-seated interest in biology that persists today.

Nuclear energy professionals, advocates, and communicators can certainly learn a few things from Mrs. Smith and all the great teachers out there.

Over the weekend, a very good example of how to cultivate public curiosity was successfully put into practice by a group of pronuclear environmentalists in South Australia. The environmentalists—Ben Heard, Barry Brooks, Geoff Russell, and Corey Bradshaw—each presented to about 100 local citizens on their respective areas of expertise relating to energy, climate, and the environment, followed by Geiger counter readings of pinchblende (also known as uraninite) that Brooks put right up to his face! How’s that for entertainment? The full story from Heard is available here.

Something notable about their approach was the conscientious creation of a unified front for the sake of outreach. Each of the environmentalists support nuclear energy for very good scientific reasons—and that was the overarching message that these scientists sent to the public. These guys really listened and spoke to the concerns of their community, and they did it with enthusiasm.

The bottom line is that the environmentalists created a public forum that was informative and honest, and—most importantly—that cultivated genuine curiosity in the subject of nuclear power. One hundred citizens walked away from the meeting with a new-found interest in nuclear science, and I would be willing to bet that most in attendance will continue searching for information on their own.

The environmentalists achieved all of this forward motion in their community despite antinuclear activists working against them throughout the planning process and even at the actual event.

Improving the ways we conduct outreach has the potential to increase the number of nuclear projects, lower the cost of projects already underway, and reduce the negative environmental and human health impacts of energy production. These are HUGE stakes.

In fact Steve Kidd, the deputy director of the World Nuclear Association, has made a formal call for a new, more personal approach to outreach in a series of articles on public acceptance in Nuclear Engineering International magazine (I highly recommend reading the whole series): http://www.neimagazine.com/story.asp?storyCode=2062221

Kidd states clearly, “Last month I argued that there is a clear link between the degree of public and political acceptance of nuclear projects and their cost. It is highly likely that a substantial part of both the escalation in nuclear investment costs over the past decade and also some of the gap between these costs in the Western world and Asia can be explained by the industry’s failure to achieve greater public support. So those people who argue that ‘public acceptance is the biggest issue facing the future of the nuclear industry’ may indeed have a very good case.”

This is not just about good PR. It’s about good business, and about responsible energy generation. So the next time we each make a school visit, or talk to a neighbor about nuclear energy, let’s do it with the zeal and passion of Mrs. Smith, or with the humor of Barry Brooks, who despite being a world-renowned scientist, isn’t afraid to have a little fun! Let’s sow the seeds of curiosity and get people interested in the truly awesome power of the atom.

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Hobbs Baker

Suzy Hobbs Baker is the executive director of PopAtomic Studios, a nonprofit organization that conducts educational outreach through the Nuclear Literacy Project. Baker is an ANS member and a frequent contributor to ANS Nuclear Cafe.