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smrInfographic%20long Nuclear energy continues to be an important part of America’s diverse energy portfolio, and the Energy Department is committed to supporting a domestic nuclear industry. While we are supporting the deployment of passively safe large nuclear reactors, both in the United States and around the world, we are also looking to the next generation of nuclear energy technologies. Today, the Department announced a new award that supports first-of-its-kind engineering, design certification and licensing for an innovative small modular reactor (SMR) design. Supporting this innovative technology will help advance low-carbon nuclear energy deployment in the United States. What is a Small Modular Reactor? Small modular reactors are approximately one-third the size of current nuclear power plants or about 300 megawatts — enough to power almost 230,000 homes each year. These reactors feature simplified, compact designs that are expected to be cost-effective and incredibly safe. For example, small modular reactors could be manufactured in factories and transported to sites where they would be ready for installation upon arrival, reducing both capital costs and construction times. SMR designs also have built-in passive safety systems that use the natural circulation of air, water and steam to maintain the right conditions for operation. At the commercial scale, SMRs could expand the options for nuclear power in the U.S. and around the world. The smaller size also makes these reactors ideal for small electric grids and for locations that cannot support large reactors, in addition to offering utilities the flexibility to scale production as demand changes. The investment made today builds upon the Department’s broader efforts to promote a sustainable nuclear industry in the U.S., including cultivating the next generation of scientists and engineers and solving common challenges across the industry. Check out more on these efforts at www.energy.gov/nuclear.

As this stunning time-lapse video shows, engineers have made huge progress on the construction of Chernobyl’s New Safe Confinement, an immense shield that will replace the infamous reactor’s crumbling sarcophagus. As previously reported in The Engineer, in order to protect engineers from unsafe levels of radiation the development of this vast steel arch called for an innovative construction approach that has seen it assembled 600m away from the reactor and then slid into place along specially built tracks. The shield is being assembled in two halves which are being joined together before being moved into place above the reactor The shield is being assembled in two halves which are being joined together before being moved into place above the reactor Funded by 46 different countries and organisations through the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the shelter is the key element in a €2.15bn international effort to clean up the remains of mankind’s worst nuclear accident. Completion of the project is scheduled for the end of 2017. The EBRD recently agreed (December 2014) to provide an additional €350m funding for the project in order to help close an anticpated funding gap of€615m. The G7 / European Commission are also organising a pledging event for other potential donors that is due to take place in the spring of 2015. Chernobyl’s New Safe Confinement – the facts Weight – 30,000 tonnes Height – 110m Width – 250m length – 150m

Type of position: 6 month contract – could go direct Rate range: 40-45 hr range depending on experience. Description:
  • Product concept realization and feasibility using sketches, solid modeling, and FDM prototyping.
  • Develop elegant and robust mechanical solutions for product concepts with tight spatial constraints, which require small mechanisms, integrated electronics, and complex appearance surfaces.
  • Use engineering analysis and simulation to design in product quality in the early design stages.
  • Translate concepts into a manufacturable and cost effective detailed design.
  • Create design documentation for release to manufacturing including bill of materials and part/assembly drawings.
  • Support design through production tooling, qualification testing, and manufacturing introduction.
  • Must have a BS in Mechanical Engineering.
  • Pro/E experience with strong surfacing skills.
  • Must have plastics injection molding experience and experience in part design.
  • Other skills may include experience in metal part design, working with overseas product development and manufacturing, and creating 2D inspection drawings and GD&T tolerances.
  • Experience with Algor FEA, FMEA, DOE, and Moldflow is a plus

Location: Johnstown, PA Duration: 3-6 months Start date: immediate Rate range: 40-45 hr range Job Description:
  • 3-5 years detail design experience using 3D CAD software; experience with Pro/E – Creo is required
  • Skills and experience working with large complex 3D models, experience designing and developing heavy structural components and mechanical systems
  • Experience working with structural steels, detail design, dimensioning and tolerancing as well as exposure to manufacturing processes is desirable
  • BSME or BSMET preferred but equivalent experience is fine
Soft skills: Must be able to work effectively; both independently as well as in a cross functional team environment. Fact and data based decision maker. Results focused, committed to achieving objectives and deliverables.