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Nuclear Engineering

Nuclear Engineering

Nuclear Engineering

SC&A’s nuclear engineering specialists provide engineering analysis in support of the licensing, operation, and cleanup of nuclear facilities:

  • Comparative analysis of alternative cleanup technologies
  • Development of hardware for the detection of air and water contaminants
  • Design and construction of soil cleanup systems
  • Engineering cost analysis
  • Evaluation of emission controls on the release of radioactive materials to the environment
  • Assessments of waste quantities
  • Evaluation of the impact on indoor air quality of various HVAC systems
  • Engineering audits
  • Treatability studies

Sample Projects

  • For the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), SC&A helped develop a guide to estimate the costs of generic NRC requirements and helped prepare regulatory impact analyses of new rules.
  • For the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), SC&A reviewed the design of the proposed Yucca Mountain repository with respect to the performance of engineered and natural barriers designed to mitigate the release and transport of radionuclides from the engineered canisters to the accessible environment.
  • For EPA, SC&A designed and constructed a pilot plant at a Superfund site for the particle size separation of soil contaminated with radioactivity into clean and contaminated fractions.
  • For the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, SC&A evaluated the capability of a continuous wave terahertz spectrometer to detect low-vapor-pressure chemicals, including explosives.
  • For the American Petroleum Institute, SC&A evaluated the performance of technologies to remove radium from petroleum-produced waters.
  • For several private companies, SC&A optimizes the design of waste treatment facilities to minimize the impact of naturally occurring radioactive materials resulting from the extraction of natural gas.
  • For EPA, SC&A evaluated alternative technologies for the control of radionuclide emissions at phosphogypsum stacks.

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