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Welding System Could Help Extend Lives of Nuclear Power Plants

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OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Feb. 12, 2018 — A system for welding highly irradiated metal alloys has been developed by researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in partnership with the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). The system, designed and installed in a hot cell at ORNL’s Radiochemical Engineering Development Center, safely encloses equipment for laser and friction-stir welding. ORNL and EPRI built an enclosed welding system in a hot cell of ORNL’s Radiochemical Engineering Development Center. C. Scott White (ORNL) performs operations with remotely controlled manipulators and cameras.The system...Read full article

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