Centrus Energy Corp.
Nuclear Criticality Safety Analysis
With the higher-assay requirements of many advanced reactor fuel designs, nuclear criticality analysis beyond that conducted for current commercial fuels will be essential to developing, fabricating, and transporting fuels that will pass regulatory scrutiny and lead to successful design licensing.
Centrus’ team of engineers, regulatory experts, and partner network have successfully completed Safety Analysis for many levels of enrichment and various fuel types and can assist customers with safe and effective management of their innovative reactor supply chain.
Transportation and Packaging
Centrus has decades of experience handling and shipping nuclear fuel, nuclear-grade components, and waste materials around the United States and the world. For developers of HALEU fuel, Centrus has been developing transportation solutions and protocols to support the licensing of fuel containers for higher-assay fuel types. This work includes package design and certification for U.S. and international transport. Centrus is also skilled in the design and manufacturing of package inserts and adaptors for custom applications.
Component Design & Engineering
With a multi-disciplined design team experienced in solving complex engineering problems, Centrus offers customers the ability to rapidly design, revise, and prototype first-of-a-kind components that will be critical to the success of these new plants. Centrus has more than a decade of experience designing a variety of novel components for operation in a nuclear environment with a focus on reliability, manufacturability, and affordability.
Manufacturability Analysis & Design for Manufacturability
Initial designs may look good on the computer, but can they be created in the real world at a cost that supports deployment? Assessing the manufacturability of key components will ensure that an innovative reactor design is not sidelined by uneconomic or unbuildable parts. Centrus’ team of design and manufacturing experts can review and improve existing designs before the first metal is formed, machined, or welded, saving time and money in first-of-a-kind and commercial deployments.
Over the past 15 years, Centrus has designed, built, tested, operated, and validated the world’s most advanced uranium enrichment centrifuges – a classified technology supporting U.S. national security missions. These machines operate at extreme conditions, requiring the tightest tolerances and utilizing a variety of complex materials and innovative manufacturing techniques. Centrus offers these world-class engineering and precision manufacturing capabilities to advanced reactor developers and advanced fuel cycle enterprises.
Centrus operates a 440,000 square foot, NQA-1-compliant prototyping and manufacturing facility in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, with the ability to make classified and unclassified components, large or small, whether one piece or thousands. Centrus’ team of scientists and engineers transform innovative ideas into proven designs and high-quality products and components.
http://Next-generation reactors will require innovative nuclear fuel. A fuel design that maximizes a future customer’s operations while minimizing costs will drive the commercial success and marketability of the reactor.