Hosted by the UF ANS Student Section
The ANS Student Conference is an annual event where hundreds of students within nuclear science and technology gather to present research, network, and participate in dozens of other activities relevant to the field. The 2018 ANS Student Conference will be held from April 5-7 of 2018 within the newly renovated J. Wayne Reitz Union located on the University of Florida’s Gainesville campus.
The theme of the 2018 Student Conference is “Nuclear Equality in Policy, Energy Access, & Within the Engineering Community”. In addition to several technical activities and presentation of research, attendees will also have the unique opportunity of participating in a variety of workshops, panels, and special events that center around equality in energy policy, equal energy access, and being a successful engineer in an increasingly diverse nuclear community.
In order to remain competitive, we must shape public perception and policy makers to realize the benefits of large scale, on demand, and carbon free energy for the United States. Assurance of a secure energy system in place in the coming decades relies on the next generation of scientists and engineers to be vocal advocates for nuclear energy. A fair and balanced policy towards nuclear science and technology will help ensure a future of carbon free, baseload energy.
A cursory look through world history shows that the largest changes in standard of living came at times when humans were able efficiently generate electricity better than previous. Never before has that been more true than today. The extreme difference in lifestyles between citizens worldwide comes primarily from a population’s ability to generate electricity effectively. For many countries, this is the largest barrier to transforming from an agrarian to industrial society.
While there is a vast number of issues relating to nuclear energy that require special attention, it is important to keep our field accepting of all religions, ethnicities, sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions. While it may seem obvious for many, we need to be mindful and reiterate such goals. Collaborative venues such as science and engineering achieve the best results when everyone has an equal voice. Current and future leaders will be required to work and build ideas within a diverse community of scientists and engineers.
Several tours will be taking place the Thursday of April 5th.
Registration will be available for tours in November
The Multiphysics Object-Oriented Simulation Environment (MOOSE) is a finite-element, multiphysics framework primarily developed by Idaho National Laboratory. It provides a high-level interface to some of the most sophisticated nonlinear solver technology on the planet. MOOSE presents a straightforward API that aligns well with the real-world problems scientists and engineers need to tackle. Every detail about how an engineer interacts with MOOSE has been thought through, from the installation process through running your simulation on state of the art supercomputers, the MOOSE system will accelerate your research.
This workshop will give an intensive one-day introduction to the MOOSE framework. MOOSE is an open source, object-oriented framework for coupled multiphysics simulations. It has been developed by the Idaho National Laboratory since 2008 and has been applied to many areas of science and engineering, including nuclear engineering, material microstructure evolution, chemistry, geomechanics, superconductivity, and more.Click here for more info on MOOSE
To further educate future researchers and engineers as to the capabilities of High Performance Computing (HPC), this three-hour workshop will consist of lectures covering the basics of interacting with large computers, computer architecture, and programming paradigms in HPC. Examples of future computing issues will be discussed in the context of nuclear simulations. In addition, students who are new to the concept of a UNIX- like environment will be able to perform their own demo jobs and get a first taste of this environment in a measured and explained flow as they go through the hands-on exercises.
The University of Florida’s Research Computing department has agreed to support this conference and allow a limited number of guest accounts to be made. These guest accounts will have access to the university’s HiPerGator supercomputing cluster to use during hands-on activities.Click here for more info on the HiperGator
The first part of the workshop will be an hour-long overview of common characterization tools, like Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) and Transmission Electron microscopy (TEM). Within the hour attendees will be able to learn what tools they need to know what their material looks like (on multiple scales and orders of magnitude), what is in their material, and the quantity of what is in their material. The next part, demonstrations, will be based around the SEM and TEM that the University is scheduled to have installed by 2018 for exclusive use by the nuclear engineering program’s faculty and students.
The ‘lecture group’ will be split into two subgroups, with one group participating in an hour-long session with the SEM during which they will be able to individually control the SEM with a pre- prepared and well-known sample loaded, with a trained operator present to answer any questions and provide guidance as necessary. The other group will work with the TEM for thirty minutes, during which time another trained operator will work with a pre-prepared and well-known sample to demonstrate interesting facets of the sample, as the TEM requires significantly greater training to handle properly. The TEM group will then be given a thirty-minute rest period, after which they will switch out with the SEM group and the two groups will participate in the other’s respective exercises.
The KENO Monte Carlo modeling and simulation tools in the SCALE Code System have been internationally used for more than four decades for criticality safety and reactor physics applications. This workshop will introduce participants to the theoretical aspects of KENO simulations, including the fundamentals of Monte Carlo methods and resonance self-shielding techniques, and will discuss hands-on examples for KENO’s use, including: building complex geometries in KENO-VI using either continuous energy or multigroup physics, specifying SCALE material compositions, running KENO simulations in parallel, the Fulcrum GUI for building SCALE inputs, and visualizing the simulation results using the new graphical user interface available in SCALE 6.2. This workshop will conclude by briefly highlighting several more advanced KENO capabilities, including hybrid shielding analysis, sensitivity analysis, and uncertainty quantification.
By the end of this workshop students will gain the knowledge needed to build KENO-VI geometries for a variety of criticality safety and reactor physics applications. More experienced users are also encouraged to attend and develop more complicated models for their applications of interest.
This 4-hour workshop is open to all students at the conference. Participants wishing to follow along with the tutorials should bring their own laptop, have a valid license for SCALE 6.2.1, and have this SCALE version installed on their computer. Students are strongly recommended to request SCALE 6.2.1 from RSICC several months before the workshop at: RSICCClick here for more info on SCALE
On behalf of the ANS Student Conference planning committee we thank the individuals and organizations who are interested in supporting the 2018 student conference. Your support will go a long way in ensuring that we foster a successful forum for promoting nuclear science and technology within the academic community.
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