In operation since 1949, INL is a science-based, applied engineering national laboratory dedicated to supporting the U.S. Department of Energy's missions in nuclear and energy research, science, and national defense.
Flash X-ray system reveals explosives damage
Far out in the eastern Idaho desert, four men crowd behind a half-buried bunker and wait. James Schondel, a burly man with a thick mustache, leans over what looks like a lunch box with a long white wire attached ...
BISON enables complex nuclear fuel modeling, simulation
It's rare that a chipped nuclear fuel pellet makes its way into a reactor. But if one of the millions of pencil-sized pellets does have a small defect, it can affect the fuel's performance. How exactly these ...
Next-generation nuclear fuel withstands high-temperature accident conditions
A safer and more efficient nuclear fuel is on the horizon. A team of researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Idaho National Laboratory (INL) and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have reached a ...
Simulation capability illuminates geothermal energy potential
An Idaho FALCON is offering insight into underground happenings worldwide.
Gold used to test reactor beam quality, intensity after upgrade
(Phys.org) —A little engine work is a nice excuse to take a roadster for a spin and see how it performs. Similarly, a recent upgrade to a nuclear research workhorse at Idaho National Laboratory is driving ...
Scientist creates solution for looming broadband shortage
A new technology could help manage a potential data tsunami that might otherwise drastically restrict the use of smartphones, tablets and other wireless data technologies because of a nationwide mobile wireless ...
Laser research could benefit nuclear recycling
James Bond uses a laser beam to cut through windows and walls, but scientists at the Center for Advanced Energy Studies (CAES) are using a new laser that can melt metal.
Virtual control room helps nuclear operators, industry
Modernizing nuclear power plants to help extend their operating lifetimes is no small task. But the endeavor offers an opportunity to improve control-room design and layout.
Silver lining advances understanding of next-generation nuclear fuel
(Phys.org) —The long search for the location of a rare element within nuclear fuel particles has ended. Researchers have finally pinpointed where silver congregates inside irradiated particles of a new ...
Water footprint could tip scale for sustainable, emission-reducing energy options
Green energy won't be sustainable if it uses too much blue. Low-carbon energy options that increase water consumption could be swapping one problem for another.
New cybersecurity tool suite demonstrated
A new suite of cybersecurity software tools is being demonstrated at Idaho National Lab this week. The tools will help the electric utility industry protect their control system networks from cyber attack.
Idaho researcher building used nuclear fuel sensor
Much of the 6,200 metric tons of used nuclear fuel generated by U.S. power plants over the last 40 years is stored safely in giant stainless steel casks. Darryl Butt, a Boise State University professor, is ...
Understanding of radiation damage LEAPs forward
A faint nightclub beat greets visitors to a small room housing the Localized Electron Atom Probe (LEAP). But thats no stereo cranking out house music; its a rhythmic pump cooling a tiny sample ...
Reliable nuclear device to heat, power Mars Science Lab
NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission, which is scheduled to launch this week, has the potential to be the most productive Mars surface mission in history. That's due in part to its nuclear heat and power ...
Neural networks make intelligent sensors, smarter grids
In Hollywood movies such as Terminator or I, Robot, highly intelligent computers that can learn, reason and make decisions try to take over the world.