First Time Conference Attendee

Workshop Date: March 26 (Thur.)

Workshop Time: 9:00AM – 10:00 AM

Capacity: 30

Speaker: Ms. Lisa Marshall

Description: How do you navigate your first ANS conference? How do you get involved in your society’s activities? Why participation in ANS is one key to your professional career. Come hear how you can plug in and make a difference.

Molecular Modeling

Workshop Date: March 26 (Thur.)

Workshop Time: 10:00AM – 1:00 PM

Capacity: 30

Speaker: Dr. Benjamin Beeler

Description: Nuclear materials research encompasses fuel, cladding, gap bond, coolant, reactor pressure vessels, divertor, blankets and all other material systems of interest in fission and fusion reactor systems. A number of primary technological challenges facing the nuclear industry are all materials-based, such as extending to longer lifetimes, qualifying new fuel types for advanced reactors, and developing next generation reactor designs. This workshop will introduce participants to the field of computational nuclear materials science, with an overview of atomistic, mesoscale and fuel performance simulation methodologies. Participants will get hands-on training in molecular dynamics simulations on sodium cooled fast reactor metallic nuclear fuel systems utilizing the LAMMPS software package. LAMMPS is a state-of-the-art open source massively parallel molecular dynamics simulation code, that can be executed on a laptop.

***No prior computational experience is required, only an interest in nuclear materials research and a laptop is needed.

Uncertainty Quantification/Sensitivity Analysis

Workshop Date: March 26 (Thur.)

Workshop Time: 10:00AM – 1:00 PM

Capacity: 30

Speaker: Dr. Xu Wu

Description: Modeling and Simulation has made tremendous progress in many engineering disciplines. However, there are always discrepancies between ideal in silico designed systems and real-world manufactured ones. As a consequence, uncertainties must be quantified along with simulation to facilitate optimal design and decision making. Uncertainty Quantification (UQ) is the process to propagate the uncertainties from inputs to the model Quantities-of-Interest (QoIs), while Sensitivity Analysis (SA) is the process to quantify the impact/significance of inputs w.r.t. the QoIs. This workshop will cover brief reviews of UQ and SA methods, as well as recent developments in UQ/SA based on Scientific Machine Learning (SciML).

Advancement of Experimental and Modeling Capabilities in Support of Molten Salt Reactor Development and Deployment

Workshop Date: March 26 (Thur.)

Workshop Time: 10:00AM – 1:00 PM

Capacity: 30

Speakers: Dr. Jason Hou and Dr. Alexander Bataller

Description: Our increasing need for safe, abundant, reliable, and carbon-free energy sources is stimulating renewed interest for employing nuclear energy to power our world. New materials and technologies that can address sustainability, cost, and waste issues of current water-based reactors is critical for realizing a future powered by the atom. Among these concepts is the utilization of molten salts as both the reactor coolant and as a fuel solvent, namely, the molten salt reactor (MSR). This workshop will provide an overview of the MSR concept and current technological challenges facing its development and deployment. On the experimental side, we will compare classical approaches to molten salt characterization with modern-day developments, with an emphasis on laser-based diagnostics. We will discuss the challenges associated with the modeling and simulation (M&S) capabilities, introduce the important physics spaces relevant to various MSR designs, discuss the tight coupling of single physics modules to enable multi-physics simulation of the core and system.

 


Probabilistic Risk Assessment

Workshop Date: March 26 (Thur.)

Workshop Time: 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Capacity: 30

Speaker: Dr. Mihai Diaconeasa

Description: How safe is safe enough? Probabilistic Risk Assessment (PRA), also called Quantitative Risk Assessment (QRA), has been very effective in supporting better decisions on how to manage safety by making the risks involved, the contributors, and the options for controlling the risk transparent; and, quantifying the uncertainties, the primary contributor to rare event risk. Moreover, a new generation of methodologies, often referred to as Dynamic PRA (DPRA) or simulation-based PRA, is starting to receive attention for nuclear reactor PRA. These methodologies explicitly account for the time element in the probabilistic system evolution, quantify the effects of phenomenological variability and uncertainties, and are driven by plant analysis tools (e.g., RELAP, MAAP5) to model possible dependencies among failure events that may arise from hardware/software/human interactions. They have shown great promise in reducing user-to-user analysis variability, modeling passive safety systems, aging effects, and human performance. This workshop will cover the principles of PRA, hands-on examples, as well as brief reviews of recent developments in simulation-based PRA methodologies.

 

Open MC

Workshop Date: March 26 (Thur.)

Workshop Time: 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Capacity: 30

Speaker: Mr. Sterling Harper

Description: Come join this interactive workshop and learn about OpenMC, an open source Monte Carlo code. We will introduce some of the basics of the code and also give you a chance to try a few of the more advanced features unique to OpenMC. You will be able to run our examples in the cloud via a web browser so please bring a laptop.

 


Taking Care of You: Student-Mentor Relationships

Workshop Date: March 26 (Thur.)

Workshop Time: 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Capacity: 30

Speakers: Ms. Kelley Verner, Ms. Katie Mummah, Dr. Rachel Slaybaugh, Dr. Robert Borelli, Ms. Lisa Marshall
Description: A great mentoring situation can pave the way for success out of undergraduate or graduate school. Likewise, a poor or unhealthy mentoring relationship can cause lasting negative consequences on the students. Many times these interactions go undiscussed, and one goal of this workshop is to empower students to talk about and take charge of unhealthy mentoring relationships. This student and faculty-led workshop will explore multiple facets of this relationship, including how to identify the right mentor for you, what it means to maintain a good student-mentor relationship, how to identity unhealthy situations, and what resources are available to students who may find themselves in such situations. This workshop will include panel discussion, small-group discussion, panelist-led role-playing, and an open Q+A.

Persuasive Speaking

Workshop Date: March 26 (Thur.)

Workshop Time: 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Capacity: 30

Speakers: Ms. Margaret Harding and Ms. Laura Hermann

Description: It’s not new that the most effective persuasion relies more on finding commonalities than on changing people’s minds. As Abraham LIncoln observed, “If you wish to win a man over to your ideas, first make him your friend.” This workshop brings together technical expert and frequent nuclear commentator, Margaret Harding, with communication strategist Laura Hermann to lead discussion and debate on the dark arts of persuasion and what it means to be authentic and trusted communicators on the benefits of nuclear energy. We’ll review findings from Stanford’s decision science unit on how to talk about climate change and evaluate what is applicable to nuclear advocates. Session participants will explore the common frames used to describe nuclear science and technology and identify how Agency, Compassion, Purpose and Resisting Adversity influence behaviors beyond stated opinions.