Faculty Advisor

Currier, Blake Hoag

Abstract

As the global population continues to rise, the need for clean sustainable energy remains a top priority. Nuclear power, for the last 70 years, has been a consistent source of electrical power around the world and future designs of Generation IV reactors could provide carbon free, efficient, and safe energy for a more sustainable future, in a compact modular design. The goal of this qualifying project is to explore the role of small modular reactors (SMRs) within the energy landscape, with a focus on design feasibility and radiation safety. Monte Carlo N-Particle transport (MCNP) simulations and 3D models were used to evaluate dose to a hypothetical person based on the proposed design of Oak Ridge National Laboratories' (ORNL) small modular molten salt reactor.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

2020-05-18

Major

Physics

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Physics

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