Source Newswise, May 13, 2014

Newswise — OAK RIDGE, Tenn., May 13, 2014 – Some of the nation’s foremost authorities on nuclear energy will be at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory Wednesday and Thursday for a Nuclear Energy Institute industry fact-finding mission.

Participants will be briefed on some of the latest ORNL research, including advanced simulations for extended reactor operations and materials aging.

NEI members and representatives from universities and industry will have a chance to meet ORNL scientists and tour some of the nation’s premier facilities, including the Consortium for Advanced Simulation of Light Water Reactors (http://web.ornl.gov/ornlhome/b_roll/casl.shtml). They will also tour the Spallation Neutron Source (http://www.ornl.gov/user-facilities/sns), the Manufacturing Demonstration Facility (http://www.ornl.gov/user-facilities/mdf) and the High Flux Isotope Reactor (http://neutrons.ornl.gov/facilities/HFIR/). Also on the agenda is a visit to Watts Bar Nuclear Plant and the historic Graphite Reactor.

“These meetings are invaluable to ensure that scientists, engineers, academia and policymakers work together to take full advantage of the nation’s considerable talents and resources,” said Leslie Barbour, NEI’s director of Federal Programs-Appropriations. “With its rich history and impressive capabilities in nuclear energy, ORNL provides the perfect backdrop for this annual meeting.”