Applied Nuclear Sciences

The ANS department does research within the OECD Halden Reactor Project Fuel and Materials Research Programme by analyzing and ensuring preservation of experimental data generated from hundreds of experiments conducted in the Halden reactor over the course of ca. 60 years of operation. Advanced techniques such as Machine Learning/Artificial Intelligence are being utilized to gain new insights into the experimental data.

The Applied Nuclear Sciences Department (ANS) is staffed by a multidisciplinary team of physical scientists and engineers that were responsible for design, planning, and analysis of nuclear fuel and materials experiments conducted in the Halden research reactor both within the OECD-Halden Reactor Project (HRP) and for bilateral customers. The ANS department continues to carry out the research within the OECD Halden Reactor Project Fuel and Materials Research Programme by analyzing and ensuring preservation of experimental data generated from hundreds of experiments conducted in the Halden reactor over the course of ca. 60 years of operation.

The experimental work carried out by ANS staff included: Designing experimental fuel assemblies, systems, and advanced in-core instrumentation; Performing neutronics calculations for experiments and for reactor operation; development of an advanced gamma-emission tomography system for non-destructive spent fuel characterization; design and analysis of experiments on nuclear fuel and materials with the aim of improving safety in nuclear power plants.

In addition to continuing traditional analysis of nuclear fuel and material experiments, advanced techniques such as Machine Learning/Artificial Intelligence are being utilized to gain new insights into the experimental data, and the competence and skills attained from conducting these experiments in the harsh, in-reactor environment are being leveraged towards other nuclear and non-nuclear fields, such as nuclear safeguards, spent fuel characterization, decommissioning, space, and robotics. ANS works closely with other departments at IFE and within the Digital Systems sector, participating in research, design, development, and evaluation of complex digital systems, including the recently-established Sensor and Robotics research laboratory.

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