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Researchers at GW receive federal funds to study the effect earthquakes have on nuclear reactors
Date:6/8/2012

nology Center in Ashburn, Va. Dr. Manzari and Dr. Balaras will simulate the experimental results with the end goal of testing and validating ANL's Simulation-based High-Efficiency Advanced Reactor Prototyping, or SHARP, concept.

"ANL and the CEA are no-cost collaborators on this project," said Dr. Bardet. "One purpose of this project is to validate a numerical model, called SHARP that Argonne National Lab has been developing over the years. SHARP is used for designing new nuclear reactors and fuel and analyzing the safety of new and existing nuclear reactor plants."

Students of both Dr. Balaras and Dr. Manzari will play roles in the research. Several of Dr. Balaras' students will build a detailed computational model of the experiment setup that Dr. Bardet and Dr. Manzari are designing.

"It will be a high-fidelity model able to provided detailed information of the dynamics of the overall system," said Dr. Balaras.

Meanwhile Dr. Manzari's student will assist in the design of the test section of the support structure which include testing on the shake table and performing some numerical simulations associated with the infrastructure of a reactor. All the experiments will take place at the VSTC campus.

"One of the main questions we are trying to address is can fuel assemblies containing the nuclear fuel be damaged during an earthquake?" said Dr. Bardet. "There are no accurate tools to address this question."


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Contact: Latarsha Gatlin
lgatlin@gwu.edu
202-994-5631
George Washington University
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