Sandia to Play Major Role in DOE-Funded Simulation of “Virtual” Nuclear Reactor.

Sandia National Laboratories (06/14/10) Singer, Neal

Sandia National Laboratories computational scientists are leading a U.S. Department of Energy effort to create a “virtual” nuclear reactor that will be headquartered at Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Nuclear Energy Modeling and Simulation Energy Innovation Hub. The virtual reactor will use supercomputers to attempt significant leaps forward in nuclear reactor design, engineering, and operation. The virtual reactor should enable engineers to improve reactor safety, increase reactor power production, and extend reactor life. The Hub, named the Consortium for Advanced Simulation of Light Water Reactors (CASL), includes partners from universities, industry, and other national laboratories. Sandia scientists also will work with researchers from North Carolina State University to incorporate advanced methods for verification and validation of the computational models and for quantification of uncertainties as they are executed within the virtual reactor. “This Hub has the ability to transform the nuclear power industry through the research, development, and application of new mathematical models, advanced computational methods, and leading-edge high performance computing,” says CASL’s Jim Stewart.

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