Reactor and Nuclear Systems Division

Rob Howard

Robert L. Howard

Senior Project Engineer
Used Fuel Research, Development, and Demonstration
Reactor and Nuclear Systems Division
Nuclear Science and Engineering Directorate
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
P.O. Box 2008, Bldg. 5700
Oak Ridge, TN 37831-6170
Phone: 865.241.5750
Fax: 865.574.3527
howardrl1@ornl.gov

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

  • Modeling and safety analyses of radioactive waste containment systems
  • Regulatory interactions and license application/safety analysis report development
  • Integrated safety management and environmental, safety, and health program implementation

Education

  • M.S., Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Las Vegas, 1997
  • M.A., English, Virginia Tech, 1990
  • B.S., Electrical Engineering, Virginia Tech, 1988

Publications

E. L. Hardin, D. J. Clayton, R. L. Howard, J. Clarity, J.M Scaglione, J.T. Carter, W.M. Nutt, and R.W. Clark, "Evaluation of Direct Disposal of Spent Fuel in Existing Dual-Purpose Canisters," Radwaste Solutions 21, 26-39, January 2014.

E. L. Hardin, D. J. Clayton, R. L. Howard, J. M. Scaglione, E. Pierce, K. Banerjee, M. D. Voegele, H. R. Greenberg, J. Wen, T. A. Buscheck, J. T. Carter, T. Severynse, and W. M. Nutt, Preliminary Report on Dual-Purpose Canister Disposal Alternatives (FY13), FCRD-UFD-2013-000171 Rev. 1, prepared for the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Used Nuclear Fuel Disposition, December 2013.

L. J. Ott, R. H. Howard, R. L. Howard, J. L. McDuffee, and Y. Yong, "Preparation of Prototypic Irradiated Hydrided-Zircaloy Cladding for UFDC Programs," LWR Fuel Performance Meeting/Top Fuel 2013, Charlotte, NC, September, 15-19, 2013.

H. Wang, J-A. J. Wang, T. Tan, H. Jiang, T. S. Cox, R. L. Howard, B. B. Bevard, and M. E. Flanagan, "Development of U-Frame Bending System for Studying the Vibration Integrity of Spent Nuclear Fuel," J. Nucl. Materials 440(1-3), 201-213, September 2013.

J-A. J. Wang, H. Wang, B. B. Bevard, R. L. Howard, and M. E. Flanagan, "Reversible Bending Fatigue Test System for Investigating Vibration Integrity of Spent Nuclear Fuel during Transportation," in Proceedings of 2013 PATRAM: 17th International Symposium on the Packaging and Transportation of Radioactive Materials, San Francisco, CA, August 18-23, 2013.

R. L. Howard, D. R. Giuliano, T. L. Lessard, J. Carter, and P. O. Rodwell, "A Modular Design Concept for Spent Nuclear Fuel Repackaging Facility," in Proceedings of the 14th International High-Level Radioactive Waste Management Conference (IHLRWMC), Albuquerque, NM, April 28-May 2, 2013.

A. M. Bevill, G. Radulescu, J. M. Scaglione, and R. L. Howard, "ADVANTG Shielding Analysis for Closure Operations in an Open-Mode Repository," in Proceedings of the 14th International High-Level Radioactive Waste Management Conference (IHLRWMC), Albuquerque, NM, April 28-May 2, 2013.

R. H. Howard, Y. Yan, R. L. Howard, J. L. McDuffee, and L. J. Ott, "Production of Simulated High-Burnup Used Fuel Cladding in the HFIR," in Proceedings of the 14th International High-Level Radioactive Waste Management Conference (IHLRWMC), Albuquerque, NM, April 28-May 2, 2013.

E. Hardin, T. Hadgu, D. Clayton, R. Howard, H. Greenberg, J. Blink, M. Sharma, M. Sutton, J. Carter, M. Dupont, and P. Rodwell, "SNF Disposal Concepts for Small and Large Waste Packages," in Proceedings of the 14th International High-Level Radioactive Waste Management Conference (IHLRWMC), Albuquerque, NM, April 28-May 2, 2013.

M. Nutt, R. L. Howard, I. K. Busch, J. T. Carter, P. O. Rodwell, A. Delley, E. Kalinina, E. Hardin, and T. Cotton, "Used Fuel Management System Architecture and Interface Analyses," in Proceedings of the 14th International High-Level Radioactive Waste Management Conference (IHLRWMC), Albuquerque, NM, April 28-May 2, 2013.

J-A. J. Wang, H. Wang, B. B. Bevard, R. L. Howard, M. Flanagan, "Test System for Evaluating Spent Nuclear Fuel Bending Stiffness and Vibration Integrity," in Proceedings of the 14th International High-Level Radioactive Waste Management Conference (IHLRWMC), Albuquerque, NM, April 28-May 2, 2013.

R. L. Howard, I. K. Busch, M. Nutt, E. Morris, F. Puig, J. Carter, A. Delley, P. Rodwell, E. Hardin, E. Kalinina, R. Clark, and T. Cotton, "Used Fuel Management System Interface Analyses," Proceedings of WM 2013, Phoenix, Arizona, February 24-28, 2013.

E. Hardin, T. Hadgu, D. Clayton, R. Howard, H. Greenberg, J. Blink, M. Sharma, M. Sutton, J. Carter, M. Dupont and P. Rodwell, Repository Reference Disposal Concepts and Thermal Management Analysis, FCRD-USED-2012-000219 Rev. 2, prepared for the U.S. Department of Energy, Used Fuel Disposition R&D Campaign, November 2012.

M. Nutt, E. Morris, F. Puig, J. Carter, P. Rodwell, A. Delley, R. Howard, D. Giuliano, Used Fuel Management System Architecture Evaluation, Fiscal Year 2012, FCRD-NFST-2013-000020 Rev. 0, prepared for the U.S. Department of Energy Used Fuel Disposition Campaign and Nuclear Fuel Storage and Transportation Planning Project, October 31, 2012.

G. T. Mays, R. Belles, M. S. Cetiner, R. L. Howard, C. Liu, D. Mueller, O. A. Omitaomu, S. K. Peterson, and J. M. Scaglione, Application of Spatial Data Modeling Systems, Geographical Information Systems (GIS), and Transportation Routing Optimization Methods for Evaluating Integrated Deployment of Interim Spent Fuel Storage Installations and Advanced Nuclear Plants, ORNL/TM-2012/237, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tenn., June 2012.

E. Hardin, J. Blink, J. Carter, F. Massimiliano, H. Greenberg, and R. L. Howard, "Generic Repository Concepts and Thermal Analysis for Advanced Fuel Cycles," in Proceedings of the Waste Management Symposia Conference, Phoenix, AZ, February 26-March 1, 2012.

K. T. Clarno and R. L. Howard, Problem Specification for FY12 Modeling of Used Nuclear Fuel during Extended Storage, ORNL/TM-2012/80, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tenn., February 2012.

J. C. Gehin, D. E. Holcomb, G. F. Flanagan, B. W. Patton, R. L. Howard, and T. J. Harrison, Fast Spectrum Molten Salt Reactor Options, ORNL/TM-2011/105, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tenn., July 2011.

P. N. Swift, K. Knowles, J. McNeish, C. W. Hansen, R. L. Howard, R. MacKinnon, and S. D. Sevougian. "Long-Term Performance of the Proposed Yucca Mountain Repository, USA," in Hyatt, N.C., D.A. Pickett, and R. B. Rebak, Scientific Basis for Nuclear Waste Management XXXI, Materials Research Society Symposium Proceedings, Vol. 1124, p. 3-14, symposium held December 1-5, 2008, Boston, MA (2009).

R. W. Andrews, G. Neider-Westermann, J. Bailey, and R. Howard. "Repository Design-Postclosure Safety Analyses Iterations--A Retrospective Evaluation of the Last Decade of Development of the Yucca Mountain Repository" (invited paper), Scientific Basis for Nuclear Waste Management XXXI, Materials Research Society Symposium Proceedings, Vol. 1124, p. 3-14, symposium held December 1-5, 2008, Boston, MA (2009).

P. N. Swift, K Knowles, J. McNeish, C. W. Hansen, R. L. Howard, R. MacKinnon, and S. D. Sevougian, "Yucca Mountain 2008 Performance Assessment: Summary," in Proceedings of the 2008 International High Level Radioactive Waste Conference, Las Vegas, NV, September 7-11, 2008, American Nuclear Society, p. 575-581 (2008).

P. Swift, and R. Howard, "The Role of Uncertainty in Performance Assessment for Radioactive Waste Repositories" (abstract), invited presentation at Symposium CC, Scientific Basis for Nuclear Waste Management, Materials Research Society Spring Meeting, April 12-16, 2004, San Francisco, CA (2004).

J. McNeish, P. Swift, R. Howard, D. Sevougian, D. Kalinich, and R. MacKinnon, "Proceeding Toward a License Application for U.S. Nuclear Waste Repository: Total System Performance Assessment Approach," in Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Environmental Remediation and Radioactive Waste Management, September 21-25, Oxford, England (2003).

E. R. Siegmann, J. K. McCoy, and R. L. Howard, "Cladding Evaluation in the Yucca Mountain Repository Performance Assessment," Scientific Basis for Nuclear Waste Management XXI, Materials Research Society (1999).

R. L. Howard, W. E. Culbreth, and J. T. Cardle, "Hydrothermal Modeling of the Oklo Natural Reactors," in Proceedings of the 1998 High Level Radioactive Waste Management Conference, American Nuclear Society (1998).

R. L. Howard and R. W. Clark, "Application of Quality Assurance Program Criteria to Performance Assessment Activities," in Proceedings of the 1998 High Level Radioactive Waste Management Conference, American Nuclear Society (1998).

R. L. Howard and R. Murthy, "The Application of Quality Assurance to Site Characterization," in Proceedings of the 1993 High Level Radioactive Waste Management Conference, American Nuclear Society (1993).