Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering

NRE/MP Seminar

Nuclear & Radiological Engineering and Medical Physics Programs

Title:

Seminar on GIT Subcritical Advanced Burner Reactor Concept

Speaker:

Dr. Weston Stacey

Affiliation:

Georgia Institute of Technology

When:

Thursday, September 22, 2016 at 11:00:00 AM

Where:

Boggs Building, Room 3-47

Host:

Dr. Nolan Hertel
nolan.hertel@me.gatech.edu
404-894-3601

Abstract

Over the course of a long career in Nuclear Engineering Prof. Stacey has been involved in a number of nuclear (fission and fusion) reactor designs. Over the past decade he and his students and faculty colleagues at Georgia Tech have developed a design concept for a subcritical metal fuel sodium pool fast reactor, based on the ANL IFR concept that was prototyped in the EBR-2 Project, for burning (fissioning) the transuranics remaining in spent nuclear fuel. The neutron source for this SABR fusion-fission hybrid burner reactor is based on the tokamak D-T fusion physics and technology that will be prototyped in the ITER Project during the 2020s. Fuel cycle studies indicate that implementation of SABRs with LWRs in a 1-t0-3 power ratio would reduce the requirements for high level waste repositories for nuclear power by a factor of 10-100. Ongoing research is examining the possibility of achieving passive safety in both the fission and fusion nuclear systems.


Biography

Weston M. Stacey is the Callaway Regent’s Professor of Nuclear Engineering at Georgia Tech. He has worked on the design of a number of fission and fusion nuclear reactors over the course of his career. For the past decade, he and his students and faculty colleagues have developed a design concept for a fusion-fission hybrid reactor for fissioning the transuranics remaining in spent nuclear fuel. Prof. Stacey is author of a few hundred research papers and several books on the physics and technology of fusion and fission nuclear reactors.