WSU Reactor
The Washington State University Reactor (WSUR) is housed in the Washington State University Nuclear Radiation Center (WSUNRC), and was completed in 1961. The (then) Washington State College Reactor was the brainchild of Harold W. Dodgen, a former researcher on the Manhattan Project where he earned his PhD from 1943 to 1946. He secured funding for the ambitious 'Reactor Project' from the National Science Foundation, the Atomic Energy Commission, and the College administration totaling $479,000 (roughly $3.5 million in today's dollars). Dodgen's basis for constructing a reactor was that the College was primly located as a training facility for the Hanford site, as well as Idaho National Laboratory because there was no other research reactor in the West at that time. After completing the extensive application and design process with the help of contractors from General Electric they broke ground in August 1957 and the first criticality was achieved on March 7, 1961 at a power level of 1W. They gradually increased power over the next year to achieve their maximum licensed operating power of 100 kW.
It was initially a General Electric MTR plate-type reactor, but was upgraded in 1967 to a 1MW General Atomics TRIGA (Teaching Research Isotopes General Atomics) reactor. Standard TRIGA fuel rods are cylindrical rods, clad in stainless steel utilizing Uranium-235 dispersed in a ceramic zirconium-hydride matrix as fuel. The WSUR operated with this TRIGA fuel until the Fuel Life Improvement Program (FLIP) once again upgraded the reactor in 1976 with a partial new core of high-enriched 'TRIGA FLIP' fuel designed for an extended lifetime. Two years later, in 1978, due to fears of nuclear proliferation it was federally mandated that all high-enriched reactor fuel (except for military use) be replaced with Low Enriched Uranium Fuel (LEU). Due to the extensive work, cost, and the number of research reactors undergoing the procedure, the WSUR was not converted until October 2008. All FLIP fuel was replaced by another TRIGA fuel known as 30/20 LEU and when the new core went critical on October 7, 2008 it became the world's only mixed 8.5/20(Standard TRIGA) and 30/20 LEU core. The facility license was renewed for an additional 20 years upon completion of a safety analysis and review. The effective date was September 30, 2011

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WSU's reactor 'can't melt down' - Spokesman.com - April 7, 2011
Apr 7, 2011 ... PULLMAN – As workers in Japan struggle to cool a nuclear power plant, the phone has been ringing at Washington State University's Nuclear ...
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Aug 23, 1997 ... In an action that may have more to do with golf than good science, Washington State University decided quietly this summer to shut down its ...
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Mar 10, 2011 ... A 50th anniversary wasn't celebrated with a bang Monday night, but rather with a glowing blue light in 65000 gallons of water. Staff and guests ...
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conversion reactor which utilizes a mixed HEU/LEU core. In accordance with Federal requirements, the WSU/NRC is cooperating with the United States ...
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Development of a strategy for sampling tree rings
Development of a strategy for sampling tree rings
Jerry A. Riehl, Environmental Monitoring and Support Laboratory (Las Vegas, Nev.), Northwest Environmental Technology Laboratories, 1979
The U of W reactor flux proved to be marginal for the analysis of the trace amounts of arsenic found in the small tree-ring samples; however, the larger WSU Reactor was adequate. The WSU Reactor was to be used if arsenic sensitivity proved to ...
The Boy from Reactor 4 (The Nadia Tesla Series, Book One)
The Boy from Reactor 4 (The Nadia Tesla Series, Book One)
Orest Stelmach, 2013
This debut thriller takes the reader from New York to Ukraine. Nadia Tesler is an immigrant’s daughter, and while she is fluent in Russian, she is not close to her mother and lost her father as a young teenager. All she remembers of him is a perpetually angry man, and she knows nothing of her family background. A stranger contacts her, saying he kn...
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United States. Environmental Protection Agency. Office of Research and Development, United States. Environmental Protection Agency. Office of Research and Monitoring, 1979
The U of W reactor flux proved to be marginal for the analysis of the trace amounts of arsenic found in the small tree-ring samples; however, the larger WSU Reactor was adequate. The WSU Reactor was to be used if arsenic sensitivity proved to ...
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High-grade Gliomas: Diagnosis and Treatment
Gene H. Barnett, 2007
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Dr. CHARLES E. TILL received his Ph.D. in nuclear engineering from the Imperial College, University of London, in 1960. Early in his career he worked on a variety of reactor concepts, including the U.K. gas-cooled reactor, the Canadian heavy water reactor and the U.S. light water reactor upon joining Argonne National Laboratory in 1963. There, afte...
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WSU’s reactor ‘can’t melt down’ - Spokesman.com - April 7, 2011
PULLMAN – As workers in Japan struggle to cool a nuclear power plant, the phone has been ringing at Washington State University’s Nuclear Radiation Center. The 50-year-old reactor, which is kept in a 65,000-gallon tank of purified water, is the only nuclear research reactor in the state of Washington. The center, established in 1961, provides research and teaching opportunities on the campus, and also produces isotopes for national laboratories and private companies across the country. It does not produce electricity for the campus.
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WSU Scientist Explains Radiation Threat - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com
PULLMAN, Wash. - Nuclear reactor operators at Washington State University say threats of contamination from Japanese plants will continue to lessen with each passing day. Corey Hines, who superv
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See the Good | 5 surprising things about Washington State University
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DOE money keeping WSU at forefront of radiochemistry training | Local & Regional | KEPR CBS 19 - News, Weather and Sports - Pasco, WA
Washington State University has been selected to receive four Department of Energy (DOE) grants with a combined value of just over $2 million.
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There was an emergency core shutdown which sounded like our tour guide had just gotten a phone call. He left for a moment to check with the office and then came back to say "don't worry, the core has just had an emergency shutdown which is fairly routine, we can go on with our tour.
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Hanford History Partnership preserves unique past of Tri-Cities « Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business
By WSU staff A team of 11 agencies has united to preserve the unique history of the Tri-Cities as it relates to the Hanford site back to 1907, well before the Manhattan Project of World War II. The Hanford History Partnership is coordinated by Washington State University Tri-Cities with outreach through its website, www.
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Watching Sustainability Unfold
A place where Washington State University’s actions and projects surrounding sustainability and the environment are showcased. New ideas that could be implemented at Washington State University will also be highlighted
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“BOOZE, SEX AND REALITY CHECKS” New Mandatory Class For ALL Incoming Freshmen At WSU | THE DAILY REACTOR
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