Monday, November 14
Clayton T. Smith
Technical Services Director and Fluor Fellow
Fluor Nuclear Power division of Fluor Enterprises, Inc.
Presentation Title: Roadmap to Success for the Nuclear Industry Today
Abstract: In these difficult economic times, and to help guarantee the continuation of a successful Global Nuclear Renaissance, we should evaluate and consider methods to maximize organizational strengths and productivity while streamlining operational control to ensure project and operational costs and schedule are efficient and meet stakeholder expectations.
Additionally, with this growth of the Global Nuclear Market, companies are being provided opportunities worldwide with differing and competing construction, design, and quality expectations and requirements. As we all know, "Necessity is the mother of invention;" therefore, to be successful we need an effective methodology, to combine these competing elements into a complete technical requirements package, then overlap that complete technical requirements package with quality requirements. This ensure that the project team leverages established and proven operational processes into consistent cost effective construction and installation processes seamlessly, while meeting stakeholders expectations. The session will identify the important elements of Nuclear Power Generation, including both operating and future plant designs, as well as how current events are impacting the overall Nuclear Community.
Biography: Mr. Smith's over 26 years of experience includes extensive 10 CFR Part 50,
Appendix B, ASME Section III, ASME Section XI, and NQA-1 Quality Assurance
program creation. He specializes in Nuclear Safety Related and ASME Section
III, Division 1 & 2 design, construction, and procurement; Section XI nuclear
power plant repair and replacements coupled with traditional non-nuclear ASME
Code design & construction; and National Board Inspection Code (NBIC)
alteration and repair activities.
Mr. Smith received his Bachelor of Science degree in Nuclear Engineering
Technology from TESC, and holds a Commission from the National Board of
Boiler and Pressure Vessels (NBBI) with the following endorsements A, B, C, I,
N, IS, & NS. He regularly authors and presents many technical papers,
participates in industry and technical panels, is a Member of the American
Society of Mechanical Engineers, American Society of Quality, and is an ASME
NQA-1 Qualified Lead Auditor. Mr. Smith is a multidiscipline NDE and QC Level
III, and holds various ACI certifications. Mr. Smith serves on the ASME Board of
Nuclear Codes and Standards, and as chair/vice-chair, as well as being an active
member, in many ASME Nuclear Code Committees. Finally, Mr. Smith is the
Secretary of the ASME Nuclear Engineering Division (NED) Technical
Committee 4, "Safety, Codes, Standards and Regulation,” and participates on the
Nuclear Energy Institute's CAP & QA Task Forces.
Tuesday, November 15
National Renewable Energy Laboratory, CO
Presentation Title: "Challenges & Future of Energy Storage - the Role of Batteries"
Abstract: While the quest for renewable energy continues to grow, one of the key issues in this area that is investigated with renewed attention is energy storage and portability. The challenges in energy storage vary with the intended use, the scale of energy needs and the duration. The emphasis on clean energy brings in additional constraints to the table. A variety of custom-solutions are currently being proposed to address vehicular applications Vs stationary use (e.g., back-up or standalone power). This talk will carry-out a reality check on the acclaimed benefits, the technical and economic challenges faced by the battery community and the future expectations on batteries, to meet the energy demands in the long run. A quantitative comparison of the alternative scenarios will be presented.
Biography: Dr. Santhanagopalan is a Senior Engineer at the Advanced Vehicles Group of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. He analyzes and develops novel designs to address the limitations of various electrochemical energy storage systems and to optimize their performance, life, and safety. He has extensively investigated thermal behavior of battery packs for transport applications, built materials for next generation batteries, and developed test methodologies for large-format batteries over the last 10 years, working with several leading battery manufacturers and automakers around the world. He is an active member of the Electrochemical Society, the SAE and the AIChE. He has over 50 publications, presentations, book chapters, patents and invention-disclosures in this discipline.