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NRC Program on Knowledge Management for Liquid-Metal-Cooled Reactors (NUREG/KM-0007)

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Manuscript Completed: May 2013
Date Published: April 2014

Prepared by:
G. F. Flanagan1
G. T. Mays1
I. K. Madni2

1Oak Ridge National Laboratory
P.O. Box 2008
Oak Ridge, TN 37831-6165

2NRC, Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research

I. K. Madni, NRC Project Manager

NRC Job Code N6472

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Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Washington, DC 20555-0001

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The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC’s) Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research has been actively engaged in an effort to develop and compile information on liquid-metal-cooled reactors (LMRs), particularly sodium-cooled fast reactors (SFRs), as part of a concerted knowledge management (KM) program for LMRs. The objective of this program is to apply KM principles to capture and retain technical knowledge related to LMRs that NRC staff might need to support evaluations as part of licensing activities as related to future LMR applications for design certification and combined operating licenses. In support of this objective, the NRC has focused its efforts on documenting previous NRC licensing activities associated with Fermi 1, Power Reactor Inherently Safe Module, and the Clinch River Breeder Reactor, as well as on international research and development, safety analyses, and licensing activities associated with LMRs. This includes information and documentation on LMR severe accidents, operational issues, and analysis tools and codes that would be relevant for licensing purposes. In addition to capturing historical information and discussing recent and current activities, a second objective was to develop informational tools to facilitate the compilation and access to this information such as an LMR Desk Reference and an SFR Technology Course that are described in this report. Much of the information compiled and collected for LMRs has been added to the NRC’s Knowledge Center, which is one of the agency’s key information technology applications for capturing and sharing knowledge.

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