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Title: National Ignition Facility monthly status report--April 2000

Abstract

The Project provides for the design, procurement, construction, assembly, installation, and acceptance testing of the National Ignition Facility (NIF), an experimental inertial confinement fusion facility intended to achieve controlled thermonuclear fusion in the laboratory by imploding a small capsule containing a mixture of the hydrogen isotopes, deuterium and tritium. The NIF will be constructed at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), Livermore, California as determined by the Record of Decision made on December 19, 1996, as a part of the Stockpile Stewardship and Management Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (SSM PEIS). Safety: On Saturday April 29, 2000, while preparing the Ringer crane for operation at the NIF site, a mechanical malfunction was observed by the operator. He stopped work and consulted with line management. They agreed with the operator's assessment, and with the Livermore Emergency Duty Officer, implemented a precautionary evacuation of the area around the crane. DOE was notified of the situation. The crane was then placed in a safe condition. A crane maintenance vendor is inspecting the crane and a management team headed by the Beampath Infrastructure System Associate Project Manager is reviewing the documentation, crane history, and repairs to ensure that the crane is fully safe before reuse.more » Technical Status: The general status of the technologies underlying the NIF Project remains satisfactory. The issues currently being addressed are (1) cleanliness for installation, assembly, and activation of the laser system by Systems Engineering working groups; (2) laser glass, where a second pilot run at both commercial suppliers is expected to confirm the mitigation steps identified in the first pilot run; and (3) operational costs associated with Final Optics Assembly (FOA) optics components, where methods are being developed to mitigate 3 {omega} damage and to resolve beam rotation issues. Schedule: The project completion schedule remains a major concern for the quarter. Completion of the Beampath Infrastructure System (BIS) design and award of the contract for the Integration Management and Installation (IMI) Contractor are on the critical path schedule. The procurement package has been reviewed with DOE Procurement and NNSA Project organizations. DOE HQ approved moving forward with the request for proposal (RFP) for the IMI on April 24, and LLNL procurement has requested the proposal for the BIS IMI Services contract. The construction status of the Conventional Facilities at the end of March 2000 is 87% complete. Cost: The NIF Project Total Project Cost (TPC) is $1.2B. The Project has obligated 78% of the TPC funds. The remaining contingency is $16.7M. Because of schedule delays and projected increases in the design, construction management, assembly, and installation of the system infrastructure, cost growth of the TPC is anticipated and will remain a major concern until the budget rebaseline process is completed. The cost estimates and schedules were reviewed with the Level 1 and 2 Baseline Change Control Boards (BCCB) in preparation for the Energy Systems Acquisition Advisory Board Meetings scheduled in early May.« less

Authors:
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
15013113
Report Number(s):
UCRL-ID-137613-00-3
TRN: US0600881
DOE Contract Number:  
W-7405-ENG-48
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
29 ENERGY PLANNING, POLICY AND ECONOMY; 70 PLASMA PHYSICS AND FUSION TECHNOLOGY; DEUTERIUM; ENERGY SYSTEMS; ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENTS; GLASS; HYDROGEN ISOTOPES; INERTIAL CONFINEMENT; LASERS; MITIGATION; MIXTURES; OPTICS; PROCUREMENT; ROTATION; SAFETY; STOCKPILES; TESTING; TRITIUM; US NATIONAL IGNITION FACILITY

Citation Formats

Moses, E. National Ignition Facility monthly status report--April 2000. United States: N. p., 2000. Web. doi:10.2172/15013113.
Moses, E. National Ignition Facility monthly status report--April 2000. United States. doi:10.2172/15013113.
Moses, E. Fri . "National Ignition Facility monthly status report--April 2000". United States. doi:10.2172/15013113. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/15013113.
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abstractNote = {The Project provides for the design, procurement, construction, assembly, installation, and acceptance testing of the National Ignition Facility (NIF), an experimental inertial confinement fusion facility intended to achieve controlled thermonuclear fusion in the laboratory by imploding a small capsule containing a mixture of the hydrogen isotopes, deuterium and tritium. The NIF will be constructed at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), Livermore, California as determined by the Record of Decision made on December 19, 1996, as a part of the Stockpile Stewardship and Management Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (SSM PEIS). Safety: On Saturday April 29, 2000, while preparing the Ringer crane for operation at the NIF site, a mechanical malfunction was observed by the operator. He stopped work and consulted with line management. They agreed with the operator's assessment, and with the Livermore Emergency Duty Officer, implemented a precautionary evacuation of the area around the crane. DOE was notified of the situation. The crane was then placed in a safe condition. A crane maintenance vendor is inspecting the crane and a management team headed by the Beampath Infrastructure System Associate Project Manager is reviewing the documentation, crane history, and repairs to ensure that the crane is fully safe before reuse. Technical Status: The general status of the technologies underlying the NIF Project remains satisfactory. The issues currently being addressed are (1) cleanliness for installation, assembly, and activation of the laser system by Systems Engineering working groups; (2) laser glass, where a second pilot run at both commercial suppliers is expected to confirm the mitigation steps identified in the first pilot run; and (3) operational costs associated with Final Optics Assembly (FOA) optics components, where methods are being developed to mitigate 3 {omega} damage and to resolve beam rotation issues. Schedule: The project completion schedule remains a major concern for the quarter. Completion of the Beampath Infrastructure System (BIS) design and award of the contract for the Integration Management and Installation (IMI) Contractor are on the critical path schedule. The procurement package has been reviewed with DOE Procurement and NNSA Project organizations. DOE HQ approved moving forward with the request for proposal (RFP) for the IMI on April 24, and LLNL procurement has requested the proposal for the BIS IMI Services contract. The construction status of the Conventional Facilities at the end of March 2000 is 87% complete. Cost: The NIF Project Total Project Cost (TPC) is $1.2B. The Project has obligated 78% of the TPC funds. The remaining contingency is $16.7M. Because of schedule delays and projected increases in the design, construction management, assembly, and installation of the system infrastructure, cost growth of the TPC is anticipated and will remain a major concern until the budget rebaseline process is completed. The cost estimates and schedules were reviewed with the Level 1 and 2 Baseline Change Control Boards (BCCB) in preparation for the Energy Systems Acquisition Advisory Board Meetings scheduled in early May.},
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