The nuclear power industry is rapidly changing. New advanced reactor designs are now being developed to serve future generations. Advanced reactor designers need more than a vision to bring their technologies to market – they need a trusted partner that can identify future deployment risks and help manage them effectively.
Centrus Technical Solutions provides an integrated solution for meeting the advanced nuclear industry’s manufacturing and fuel needs. Drawing on decades of experience, Centrus can assist with the design and manufacture of critical components as well as the business planning, project and supply chain management, design, and licensing of facilities to produce new fuels.
From design and engineering to NQA-1 precision manufacturing, Centrus Technical Solutions is the trusted, full-service partner for advanced reactor developers.
Next-generation reactors will require innovative nuclear fuel. A fuel design that maximizes a future customer’s operations while minimizing costs will drive the commercial success and marketability of the reactor.
Centrus has the expertise to produce and manufacture affordable new reactor fuels to customer specification based on decades of experience providing enrichment services to utility customers around the world and producing a wide range of enrichment levels supporting U.S. Government requirements. This expertise includes uranium chemistry, nuclear facility licensing, and alternative uranium fuel cycles.
Centrus is the author of USEC-651, the international standard manual for the safe handling of uranium hexafluoride (UF6), the chemical form of all commercially produced enriched uranium fuel. Our experience from decades of continuous operations at two large uranium enrichment plants will support your needs for UF6, UF4 and other fuel forms.
With the higher-assay requirements of many advanced reactor fuel designs, nuclear criticality analysis beyond that conducted for current commercial fuels will be essential to developing, fabricating, and transporting fuels that will pass regulatory scrutiny and lead to successful design licensing.
Centrus’ team of engineers, regulatory experts, and partner network have successfully completed Safety Analysis for many levels of enrichment and various fuel types and can assist customers with safe and effective management of their innovative reactor supply chain.
Centrus has licensed four facilities through the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and has successfully operated multiple facilities under NRC regulations for more than two decades. The licensing process is complex and challenging. Centrus’ licensing experts can anticipate the problems reactor vendors will face and provide real-world solutions to keep your license application on track.
Over the past 15 years, Centrus has designed, built, tested, operated, and validated the world’s most advanced uranium enrichment centrifuges – a classified technology supporting U.S. national security missions. These machines operate at extreme conditions, requiring the tightest tolerances and utilizing a variety of complex materials and innovative manufacturing techniques. Centrus offers these world-class engineering and precision manufacturing capabilities to advanced reactor developers.
Centrus operates a 440,000 square foot, NQA-1-compliant prototyping and manufacturing facility in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, with the ability to make classified and unclassified components, large or small, whether one piece or thousands. Centrus’ team of scientists and engineers transform innovative ideas into proven designs and high-quality products and components.
With a multi-disciplined design team experienced in solving complex engineering problems, Centrus offers customers the ability to rapidly design, revise, and prototype first-of-a-kind components that will be critical to the success of these new plants. Centrus has more than a decade of experience designing a variety of novel components for operation in a nuclear environment with a focus on reliability, manufacturability, and affordability.
Initial designs may look good on the computer, but can they be created in the real world at a cost that supports deployment? With thousands of novel components and engineered solutions to be manufactured for the first time, assessing the manufacturability of key pieces will ensure that an innovative reactor design is not sidelined by uneconomic or unbuildable components. Centrus’ team of design and manufacturing experts can review and improve existing designs before the first metal is formed, machined, or welded, saving time and money in first-of-a-kind and commercial deployments.
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