Small Modular Reactors (SMRs) and Advanced Reactors

Nuclear power plants have been providing carbon-free, baseload electricity for decades. However, advances in technology have made it possible to develop new types of nuclear reactors that are smaller, more efficient, and safer than traditional large reactors. Small Modular Reactors (SMRs) and Advanced Reactors are the new frontier in nuclear power technology.

Current Status
ASME has been actively working on standards development in the field of Small Modular Reactors (SMRs) and Advanced Reactors. These efforts are driven by the need to ensure public safety, support global trade, and foster knowledge transfer in the nuclear industry.

ASME Standards and Codes are critical for the design, construction, and operation of nuclear power plants. The following standards are relevant to the development and operation of Small Modular Reactors (SMRs) and Advanced Reactors:

ASME is actively involved in the further develop of existing standards and the development of new standards and guidelines for SMRs and Advanced Reactors to meet the unique requirements of these innovative technologies. These efforts are being driven by a range of stakeholders, including industry, regulatory bodies, and academic institutions.

To see a list of all of ASME's activities addressing SMRs, please see ASME's SMR and Advance Reactors Portfolio

Meetings and Events
ASME organizes a range of events and meetings focused on the development and deployment of Small Modular Reactors (SMRs) and Advanced Reactors.  All of ASME's Standards Development meetings are open to any interested party.  These meetings are in conjuction with their respective Standards Committees.  Meeting information, frequency and staff contact information can be found on our Standards development committee platform C&S Connect

Staff Contact
For more information about ASME's work in the field of Small Modular Reactors (SMRs) and Advanced Reactors, please contact ASME's Director of Nuclear Codes and Standards, Kathryn Hyam.

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