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[en] During FY15 and FY16, a purchase order (PO) was placed with Japan Metals and Chemicals, USA after an open bidding procurement process for 282 kg of LaNi_4_._2_5Al_0_._7_5 and 226 kg. of LaNi_4_._1_5Al_0_._8_5. These materials were to be used in Tritium Facility replacement beds for existing beds that have reached the end of their useful life. As part of the PO, a 100 g. sample of each material was delivered to the SRNL Hydrogen Processing Group for characterization studies as is typically done for all newly acquired hydride materials. The PO actually employed a ''trust but verify'' approach where JMCUSA was allowed to ship materials it felt met specifications without SRS confirmation, as long as the data used to do so was delivered to SRS as part of the PO documentation package. Subsequent SRNL analysis revealed that the material met all specifications and was of very high quality. This report documents those findings.
[en] The ITER Cryostat is one of the most important and critical systems in the ITER project. It envelops the entire basic systems of the Tokamak and is a vacuum tight container. Cryostat provides vacuum environment for the thermal insulation to magnet system operating at 4.5k and thermal shield system operating at 80k. It is evacuated to a pressure of 10-4 Pa prior to cool down of the magnets and thermal shields in order to limit heat transfer by gas conduction and convection to a level tolerable to the cryogenically cooled components. The cryostat is also designed to support all the loads like gravity, electromagnetic forces, seismic, etc. that derive from the Tokamak basic systems, and from the Cryostat itself, to the floor of the Tokamak pit through its support structures during the normal and off-normal operational regimes, and at specified accidental conditions. ITER Cryostat conceptual design was reviewed last year and detailed design is reviewed in June 2010. At present Cryostat design is in its final stage of completion and final design review is planned in October 2010 to finalize the procurement specifications. Procurement Arrangement will be signed this year with Indian Domestic Agency and procurement cycle will start for the fabrication of the ITER Cryostat. This paper discusses the updated Cryostat design and analysis with integration of the different penetrations required for the communication within the In-Cryostat system and its maintenance.
[en] This paper describes the business structure and operations of MAC Isotopes (MACI) L.L.C., a newly created business resulting from the commercialization of a former U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) mission at the Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory (INEEL). MACI began its commercial operations on October 1, 1996, and is the first U.S. commercial isotope production business to result from the commercialization of DOE facilities or programs. The commercialization was the culmination of an -2-yr competitive procurement process by the DOE and Lockheed Martin Idaho Technologies Company (LMITCO). MACI was selected from this competitive process as the commercial business of choice on the basis of providing the best value to the DOE/LMITCO and having the greatest potential for commercial success
[en] This paper identifies and examines some of the significant procurement issues that confronts US utilities as they seek to assure a reliable and economic supply of nuclear fuel in the changing marketplace in the second half of the 1990s. It reviews those market changes that have occurred during the first half of the 1990s, and the current state of the market as it moves towards the end of the decade. It focuses on the need to reconsider existing procurement strategies in order to adapt to change. These issues differ for each of the 46 utilities operating the 110 commercial nuclear power plants in the USA. (author)
[en] The purpose of this National Ignition Facility Acquisition Plan is to describe the overall procurement strategy planned for the National Ignition Facility M Project. It was prepared for the NIP Prood Office by the NIF Procurement Manager
[en] Highlights: • We study supply function competition in an extended game. • Intercepts of supply functions are used as strategic variables. • Best replies slope down (up) if the slope of supplies is sufficiently low (high). • Simultaneous (sequential) play is selected if best replies are decreasing (increasing). • The mixed strategy equilibrium is also characterised. - Abstract: Multiplicity of equilibria under supply function competition is a two-layer problem. To prove it, we investigate an extended game with observable delay under duopolistic competition in affine supply functions. Firms use the intercepts of supply functions as their strategic variables. Best replies are downward (upward) sloping if the common slope of supply functions is sufficiently low (high). Accordingly, simultaneous (sequential) play is selected at the subgame perfect equilibrium when best replies are negatively (positively) sloped. When best replies are increasing, the mixed strategy solution cannot be circumvented. This makes the design of procurement more challenging than we were used to think.
[en] Becoming a knowledgeable customer is the first step to manage knowledge: • Vendors, consulting firms, TSOs can assist the future operator but it will remain the sole owner of the decisions; • Future owner operator has to become a knowledgeable customer: • Know what to ask for, • Know how to ask for it, • Know how to check if it got what it asked. • Where should knowledge management belong (management?, HRD?, procurement?) and is it important? What it means for DBKM ? (example): • The owner/operator (the licensee) is responsible in front of the safety agency: it should answer its questions at every stage of the program; • It will often turn back to its vendor/suppliers especially for detailed design questions; • But that means it has to know what to ask for and to check the result before talking to the regulator; • That also means it has to make sure knowledge is managed throughout the life of the program
[en] The Electron Cyclotron system for ITER is an in-kind procurement shared between five parties and the total installed power will be 24 MW, corresponding to a nominal injected power of 20 MW to the plasma, with a possible upgrade up to 48 MW (corresponding to 40 MW injected). Some critical issues have been raised and changes are proposed to simplify these procurements and to facilitate the integration into ITER. The progress in the design and the integration of the EC system into the whole project is presented in this paper, as well as some issues still under studies and some recommendations made by external expert committees.
[en] This document is a review of the effect of fuel costs on the procurement strategies of a utility and a conjecture that the same strategies may have an effect on the price of fuel. Factors affecting fuel costs are reviewed, and a number of procurement strategies taken to trim fuel costs are reviewed. The major trend is away from long-term enrichment contracts and into such strategies as: (1) Spot market purchases, (2) Inventory reduction, (3) Purchase of CIS material, and (4) Market-related contracts instead of base-escalated contracts
[en] This National Ignition Facility (NIF) Title II Design Plan defines the work to be performed by the NIF Project Team between November 1996, when the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) reviewed Title I design and authorized the initiation of Title H design and specific long-lead procurements, and September 1998, when Title 11 design will be completed