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Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences pres.

Special Colloquium: Small Modular Reactors: What is New?

Speaker: Esam Hussein, University of Regina, Canada, Dean and Professor, Engineering and Applied Science

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Abstract
Small modular reactors (SMRs) are currently attracting attention because of the many advantages they offer, particularly in providing emission-free power and/or heat. Close to 100 designs have been reported, offering inherent and passive safety features, some of which are quite novel. This seminar will discuss some of these design features and their role in ensuring a level of defence-in-depth that allows SMRs to be in installed in proximity to users. Some suggested research and development topics related to the licensing of these reactors will be presented. An overview of efforts in the Canadian Province of Saskatchewan (a non-nuclear but a uranium-rich jurisdiction) in support of the prospect of adopting SMRs, will be summarized.

Biography
Esam Hussein earned degrees in nuclear engineering from Alexandria University (BScE and MScE) and McMaster University (PhD). He is currently the Dean of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Regina, Canada (on research leave to the end of the year) and was an engineering professor at the University of New Brunswick, and a nuclear design engineer with Ontario Hydro. His research has focused on the application of atomic/nuclear radiation in nondestructive testing and imaging, but he has turned his attention lately to the technology of small modular reactors.
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