Alternate energies: nuclear and beyond
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The University of Texas at Arlington supercomputing facilities and the Texas Advanced Computing Centre at Austin are conducting simulations to test the atomic level behavoir of uranium, plutonium, and other radioactive materials. The objective is to understand the basic nature of these elements and their interactions with atmospheric gases and other common systems such as hydrogen, oxygen, and water. The main purpose of these simulations is to make more informed decisions for the safe storage or disposal of hazardous radioactive materials. These studies largely focus on the atomic-level surface interactions and hopefully will guide the decision makers to dispose of dangerous unwanted materials with greater knowledge and safety.