Colloquia 2007

Colloquia 2007

Generation IV Nuclear Power Systems

Dr. Maurice Ripley
Institute of Materials Engineering,
ANSTO

Date
4-5 p.m., Tuesday, 13 November 2007

Location
School of Physics Common Room
Room 64, Old Main Building

Abstract
Following a world-wide trend, there has been a renewed political interest in nuclear power in Australia in the past few years. The UMPNER (Switkowski) report looked at all aspects of the nuclear fuel cycle in the Australian context and the government has responded by, inter alia, moving to join the Generation IV Forum (GIF) and allocating $12.5 million over 5 years for nuclear-related research and training. In this talk the UMPNER findings, the GIF and the six Generation IV reactor designs are introduced briefly. The Gen IV designs judged to be of possible future interest to Australia, and hence those on which ANSTO will be focussing its research efforts, are discussed in more detail.

Maurice Ripley obtained his first degree in Metallurgy at UNSW and a doctorate from Oxford University. He has worked at ANSTO as a researcher in the Materials area since 1981, principally on fracture and remaining life of high temperature pressure vessels and more recently using diffraction techniques to measure residual stresses. After representing ANSTO at the IAEA for three years, being involved with the construction of the ANSTO's new OPAL research reactor, and last year spending six months in Canberra helping write the UMPNER report, he has learned about nuclear reactors, albeit at arms length.

The audience is invited to meet the speaker beforehand at 3.45 p.m. over wine and cheese in the Physics Common Room.

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