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New Research Depicts Precisely How Sand Flows
2012-04-10 04:53:35

Lee Rannals for RedOrbit.com New research from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) may have an impact in a range of industries, from engineering to pharmaceutical manufacturing. Ken Kamrin of MIT's Department of Mechanical Engineering has created a model that predicts the flow of granular materials under a variety of conditions. Sand's behavior, which is part fluid, part solid, has made it difficult for researchers to predict how it and other granular materials flow under...

2012-03-29 06:22:27

Analysis of 251 Reactors Built or Cancelled in the U.S. Finds that Intractable Safety Issues Have Steadily Escalated Nuclear Costs and Fukushima Makes It Likely That Future Reactors Will Suffer the Same Fate, Driving Final Nail in Coffin of "Nuclear Renaissance" WASHINGTON, March 29, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Are affordable new nuclear power and safe nuclear power fundamentally incompatible? The high cost of addressing nuclear power safety concerns that are steadily multiplying...

2012-03-25 23:00:59

AGC's 2012 Grand Award for Construction Safety Excellence goes to PCL Denver, Colo (PRWEB) March 24, 2012 The PCL family of companies has received the 2012 Association of General Contractors´ (AGC) Grand Award for Construction Safety Excellence. The announcement was made at the AGC national convention in Hawaii. “Our safety vision has become a core value that was created with craft worker input and adopted by all of our business units,” said Robert Saiz, PCL director of...

Experts Call For Long-Term Nuclear Meltdown Research Project
2012-03-09 05:31:28

With the one-year anniversary of the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant reactor coming up this weekend, three US university professors are calling for a long-term study of how such fuels respond to such extreme environmental conditions. University of Notre Dame Professor of Civil Engineering and Geological Sciences Peter C. Burns, University of Michigan Earth and Environmental Sciences Professor Rodney Ewing, and Alexandra Navrotsky of the University of California-Davis...

2012-03-02 12:49:36

One year after an earthquake and tsunami hit Japan on March 11, 2011, an independent investigation panel has highlighted the country's failures in disaster planning and crisis management for the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station. The article, out now in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, published by SAGE, shows that agencies were thoroughly unprepared for the cascading nuclear disaster, following a tsunami that should have been anticipated. The Rebuild Japan...

2012-02-06 10:02:00

KENNESAW, Ga., Feb. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- ENERCON, a multi-disciplined engineering, environmental and technical consulting energy company since 1983, has received patents (USPN 8048319 and USPN 8054932) for a filter medium for strainers used in nuclear reactor Emergency Core Cooling Systems (ECCS). (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20120206/AQ48044) (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20111122/AQ11481LOGO-b) ENERCON's product was developed in response to the...

2012-02-01 11:32:00

NORRISTOWN, Pa., Feb. 1, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Department of Environmental Protection is asking anyone who knows the history of an antique medical kit found in a Chester County trash bin to contact the agency's Bureau of Radiation Protection. "The radioactive material may have been contained in the kit for more than 80 years," Bureau Director David Allard said. "The metal box likely came from a basement, an attic or a collector's stash. Anyone who tampered with it or stored it...

2012-01-23 13:00:00

PITTSBURGH, Jan. 23, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Utilities throughout the United States are choosing Westinghouse Electric Company's SHIELD® reactor coolant pump (RCP) passive thermal shutdown seal to further enhance the safety of their nuclear plants. To date, the Westinghouse SHIELD shutdown seal has been installed in one dual-unit nuclear plant, and Westinghouse has received orders from five more for a total of 37 reactor coolant pump (RCP) installations. The SHIELD passive thermal...

2012-01-11 08:00:00

Dade Moeller announces that Wayne M. Glines has joined the Company as Senior Health Physicist. Glines adds more than 32 years of Federal health physics expertise to Dade Moeller´s well-known depth in this technical field and becomes the Company´s 37th Certified Health Physicist. Richland, WA (PRWEB) January 11, 2012 Nationally recognized health physics [radiation protection] firm Dade Moeller announces that Wayne M. Glines has joined the Company as Senior Health Physicist. Glines...

2011-12-28 10:00:00

Give Long-Term Uncontrollable Costs and Short-Term Pressure from Needed Post-Fukushima Safety Regulations, Nuclear Reactors Even Less Able to Take on Natural Gas, Other Alternatives WASHINGTON, Dec. 28, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- With the Fukushima disaster, earthquake-related reactor shutdowns, further reactor project cost escalation, infighting at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), and cheap natural gas, 2011 was a year the nuclear power industry would prefer to get...