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Richard J. Kapernick

Richard J. Kapernick has been a lead engineer on space power reactor designs at LANL since 2001 and is responsible for thermal-hydraulic and structural design. From 1996 until 2001 he was the lead engineer responsible for the blanket design for the Accelerator for the Production of Tritium project. From 1968 until 1996, he worked at General Atomics on the design, testing, and startup/operation of gas-cooled reactors (HTGRs). He developed thermal-hydraulic and fuel performance analysis methods and performed thermal-hydraulic and fuel performance analyses. He was responsible for testing programs at GA and French AEC that covered core thermal performance, seismic, fuel and graphite irradiations, fission product release, and transport. He was a section leader for core thermal-hydraulic design and later, branch manager for reactor internals (for the NPR project). He also spent 4 years as a shift physicist and later, manager of core start-up operations and testing at the Fort St. Vrain Reactor. He has been a consultant to Hochtemperatur-Reaktorbau, Kawasaki Heavy Industry, Mitsubishi, and Fuji Electric. He was the lead engineer on a startup-up support contract for JAERI's HTTR. He has BS and MS degrees in mechanical engineering from Stanford University, is a licensed professional nuclear engineer in California, and is a member of Tau Beta Pi.


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