The Tennessee Valley Authority’s Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant Unit 2 in Alabama has become one of the first plants in the world to use 3D-printed fuel assembly brackets. In detail, the plant is employing four of these first-of-a-kind devices produced at DOE’s Manufacturing Demonstration Facility at ORNL.
A research team at Oak Ridge National Laboratory have 3D printed a thermal protection shield, or TPS, for a capsule that will launch with the Cygnus cargo spacecraft as part of the supply mission to the International Space Station. The launch will mark the first time an additively manufactured TPS has been sent to space.
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, the University of Kentucky, and the U.S. Army have announced a new five-year, $50 million advanced manufacturing project aimed at developing the next generation of military equipment.
Norwood Middle School won the sixth annual Dream it. Do it. competition sponsored by the Anderson County Chamber of Commerce and Consolidated Nuclear Security. CNS provided $1,000 to the sponsoring teacher for classroom resources. The second and third place schools received donations of $750 and $500, respectively. This competition is an important way to introduce middle school students to opportunities in manufacturing.
As a computer engineer at ORNL, Gina Accawi has long been the quiet and steady force behind some of the Department of Energy’s most widely used online tools and applications. She has written the code that industry throughout the United States relies on – from MEASUR, the platform allowing manufacturers to assess the efficiency of energy systems and equipment within a plant, to the Building Science Advisor, the website advising builders on how to construct energy-efficient envelope systems.