INL 3D prints safer nuclear power cells

INL 3D prints safer nuclear power cells

In a bid to develop safer nuclear fuel under the DoE’s Technology Commercialization Fund, Idaho National Laboratory has developed an innovative additive manufacturing process for uranium-based feedstocks. Dubbed Additive Manufacturing as an Alternative Fabrication Technique (AMAFT), the process makes fuel for common light water reactors (LWRs) that constitute approximately 359 of the 449 nuclear reactors around the world. Nuclear power as produced by a pressurized water reactor, one of the three different types of light water reactor. Animated diagram by the U.S. NRC Safer nuclear power AMAFT fuses milling, the traditional way of processing uranium ore (yellowcake), with an […]

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