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Title: University Reactor Conversion Lessons Learned Workshop for the University of Florida

Abstract

The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Idaho National Laboratory (INL), under its programmatic responsibility for managing the University Research Reactor Conversions, has completed the conversion of the reactor at the University of Florida. This project was successfully completed through an integrated and collaborative effort involving the INL, Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), DOE (Headquarters and Field Office), the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the Universities, and contractors involved in analyses, fuel design and fabrication, and SNF shipping and disposition. With the work completed with these two universities, and in anticipation of other impending conversion projects, INL convened and engaged the project participants in a structured discussion to capture lessons learned. The objectives of this meeting were to capture the observations, insights, issues, concerns, and ideas of those involved in the reactor conversions so that future efforts can be conducted with greater effectiveness, efficiency, and with fewer challenges.

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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Idaho National Laboratory (INL)
Sponsoring Org.:
DOE - NNSA
OSTI Identifier:
911941
Report Number(s):
INL/EXT-07-12603
TRN: US0800231
DOE Contract Number:
DE-AC07-99ID-13727
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
11 - NUCLEAR FUEL CYCLE AND FUEL MATERIALS; ANL; CONTRACTORS; DESIGN; EFFICIENCY; FABRICATION; RESEARCH REACTORS; University of Florida; university research reactor conversion

Citation Formats

Eric C. Woolstenhulme, and Dana M. Meyer. University Reactor Conversion Lessons Learned Workshop for the University of Florida. United States: N. p., 2007. Web. doi:10.2172/911941.
Eric C. Woolstenhulme, & Dana M. Meyer. University Reactor Conversion Lessons Learned Workshop for the University of Florida. United States. doi:10.2172/911941.
Eric C. Woolstenhulme, and Dana M. Meyer. Sun . "University Reactor Conversion Lessons Learned Workshop for the University of Florida". United States. doi:10.2172/911941. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/911941.
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