Argonne News Brief: Argonne harnesses virtual power to study advanced nuclear reactors




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Published on Sep 18, 2019

Requiring billions of dollars and years of development, designing a new type of nuclear reactor is complicated. Because of the high cost, Argonne researchers are running a broad suite of computer codes on the laboratory’s supercomputers to speed design, add safety and lower cost.

Simulations produced at the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility allow scientists to accurately adjust and and capture the physics within nuclear reactors, addressing some of the most complex and large-scale challenges in nuclear science and engineering.

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