The past decade has seen the emergence of the next generation of commercial nuclear
power plants, commonly referred to as Small Modular Reactors and Advanced Reactors
. The relatively compact reactors, capable of generating up to 600 MW of power,
can be “factory produced” and then transported in a few sections to a designated
location for assembly. In addition, these reactors employ passive safety technologies
that make them safer to operate.
Approximately twenty companies are developing clean, reliable, and economical technologies
that will play a significant role in meeting future demand in the U.S. and other
nations. It’s projected that hundreds of Small Modular Reactors / Advanced Reactors
will be needed by the late 2030s, requiring a significantly different manufacturing
approach than is currently used for constructing the current large Light Water Reactor
The fundamentally different approach to manufacturing Small Modular Reactors / Advanced
Reactors will challenge both nuclear suppliers as well as regulators. Numerous technical
issues must be considered to facilitate efficient production of Small Modular Reactors
/ Advanced Reactors, from addressing supply chain capabilities to developing mechanized/automated
manufacturing processes to support higher demand volumes.
A critical gap exists in providing proven applied advanced manufacturing techniques
to this emerging field.
Concurrent Technologies Corporation (CTC) is recognized as one of the world’s premier
nonprofit applied scientific research and development organizations for the creation
and implementation of advanced manufacturing technologies. The skills and processes
developed at CTC are leveraged by the Center for Advanced Nuclear Manufacturing
to benefit the U.S. Small Modular Reactors / Advanced Reactors industry and the
legacy reactor fleet.
CTC’s quality management system is certified to the ISO 9001:2015 and AS9100D:2016;
CTC’s environmental management system is certified to 14001:2015.
The Center for Advanced Nuclear Manufacturing (CANM), located in Johnstown, PA,
offers large-scale, state-of-the-art laboratories and demonstration facilities,
capable of component and prototype manufacturing. CANM is:
- Conducting design for manufacturing analysis
- Solving first-of-a-kind manufacturing issues
- Prototyping new component designs and manufacturing solutions
- Developing and transitioning innovative manufacturing technologies
- Helping manufacturers become more competitive
Contact us to learn how you can become part of the
advanced manufacturing network.