Operating at 85 MW, HFIR is the highest flux reactor-based source of neutrons for research in the United States, and it provides one of the highest steady-state neutron fluxes of any research reactor in the world. The thermal and cold neutrons produced by HFIR are used to study physics, chemistry, materials science, engineering, and biology. The intense neutron flux, read more....
- April 18th - MasterCraft (Joe Michniacki)
- April 25th @ 9:00 am - Graphite Reactor (Bob Filip)
- April 26th @ 9:30 am - ProNova (Bob Kutschera)
Because of the small number of sign-ups, we are postponing the ProNova tour until sometime this fall.
- May 9th - ORNL National Transportation Research Center/Manufacturing Demonstration Facility (Joe Michniacki)
- May 20th @ 11:00 am - Proton Therapy (Bob Kutschera)
Bob Kutschera, Provision Proton Center & ProNova Manufacturing Facility Tours
Get a behind the scenes tour including a complete walk though of a patient's experience, up close viewing of the massive equipment that makes proton therapy work, and the new generation of proton equipment.
ProNova Manufacturing Facility:
This tour will consist of a walking tour of the factory and up close viewing of the components that are being built for our first installation of the equipment in Nashville.
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Linda Bailey is our tour coordinator for the Volkswagen tours. VW has temporarily suspended plant tours pending model change over. We will be advised when tours can begin again.
Neutron Sciences at ORNL is home to High Flux Isotope Reactor and Spallation Neutron Source, providing researchers with unmatched capabilities for understanding the structure and properties of materials, macromolecular and biological systems, and the fundamental physics of the neutron. Read more ...
Manufacturing Demonstration & National Transportation Research Center houses several highly sophisticated experimental ORNL research laboratories. As a User Facility, NTRC offers industry, academia, and other agencies the opportunity to access state-of-the-art technologies, equipment and instrumentation, and computational resources to advance transportation technologies.
MasterCraft. "We are one of the finalist factories for Industry Week’s North America’s plant/factory of the year."
In 1968, Rob Shirley, an aerospace engineer-turned-ski school instructor, was frustrated with the lack of technology available for towing skiers. To solve this problem, Rob and his team designed the first true performance ski boat. MasterCraft Hull #1 was born in a barn .... read more
The Volkswagen Chattanooga Assembly Plant began production in April 2011 and has a projected annual production of 150,000 cars.
The local plant will allow the manufacturer to avoid exchange rate fluctuations, more closely monitor US automotive market trends, and reduce extended supply chain vulnerability.
Tour of the Oak Ridge Graphite Reactor
The birthplace of Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the X-10 Graphite Reactor was the world’s first continuously operated nuclear reactor. Built during World War II Manhattan Project, the Graphite Reactor successfully produced plutonium (239Pu) and enabled the demonstration of the chemical separation processes used to produce plutonium ….. read more
(Department of Energy) Oak Ridge
NOTE: This tour is limited to 18 people.
This tour starts at the American Museum of Science and Energy in Oak Ridge. There is a cost for this tour of $5 for adults, $4 for seniors (65+) which is the admission price for the museum.
There is time for individual touring of the American Museum of Science and Energy in Oak Ridge prior to the start of the bus tour at 11:30.
Bus Tour Itinerary 11:30 - 2:30
- Y-12 New Hope Visitor Center (bus stop): The visitor facility houses the spacious History Center featuring displays about the Manhattan Project, the Cold War, and other Y-12 missions.
- Bethel Valley Church (bus stop): New Bethel Baptist Church and Cemetery, founded in 1851, was officially closed by former church members as a house of worship in 1949 following the area’s Manhattan Project incorporation into the Oak Ridge Reservation. The cemetery features covered grave houses that are unique to the region. The church is still used for special events and homecoming celebrations.
- Graphite Reactor at ORNL (bus stop): A national historic landmark, the Graphite Reactor located at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory served as the pilot project that led to the first production of plutonium. Visitors will view the world’s oldest nuclear reactor.
- Spallation Neutron Source (drive by): The Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) is an accelerator-based neutron source facility that provides the most intense pulsed neutron beams in the world of scientific research and industrial development.
- East Tennessee Technology Park: Heritage
Center, formerly K-25 (drive by): Tour visitors learn about the gaseous
diffusion process that enriched uranium (later sent to Y-12 for further
enrichment) to power the first atomic bomb.
The combination of CPUs and GPUs will allow Titan and future systems to overcome power and space limitations inherent in previous generations of high-performance computers.
Because they handle hundreds of calculations simultaneously, GPUs can go through many more than CPUs in a given time. Yet they draw only modestly more electricity. By relying on its 299,008 CPU cores to guide simulations read more ...