RPS2: Learning from History: A Case Study in Nuclear Fuel

    Robertson, J. A. L.
    Deep River, Ontario

    Pages: 11    Published: Jan 2010


    Abstract

    The award of the 1993 W. J. Kroll Zirconium Medal recognized the value of cooperative, multidisciplinary, applied research in tackling practical problems. This paper suggests that several other lessons relevant to the current debate on science-and-technology (S&T) policy can be drawn from our experience a quarter of a century ago. It outlines how close cooperation among those involved with the fuel for the Canadian CANDU heavy-water reactors identified a problem, then proceeded to solve it expeditiously. This capability for a rapid response to an unforeseen problem was no accident, but arose out of the conditions that existed at the Chalk River Laboratory of Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL) and a deliberate policy to maintain this capability even when the utility's power reactors were demonstrating excellent performance. The original paper was published by ASTM International in STP 1295, Zirconium in the Nuclear Industry: Eleventh International Symposium, 1996, pp. 3–11.

    Keywords:

    nuclear fuel, history, science policy


    Paper ID: MNL12115R

    Committee/Subcommittee: B10.02

    DOI: 10.1520/MNL12115R


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    ISBN13: 978-0-8031-7018-6