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Nuclear Engineering

Students may apply to one or more of the below projects, indicating this in their statement of interest, or they may apply for "Nuclear Engineering: General," indicating in their statement of interest their skills and background and some faculty with whom they would be interested in working.  Nuclear Faculty List

Title Name Email Project Name Project Description Requirements
Prof. Rusi Taleyarkhan Tensioned metastable fluid detector sensor instrumentation - interdisciplinary R&D Student would first get up to speed on the interdisciplinary (mechanics, fluidics, materials, electric-computing, coding/control software, deep learning) technology under the guidance of mentors. A project pertaining to advancing the technology base for instrument control and learning based detection of femto-scale phenomena will be assigned - comprising both theoretical algorithm development coupled with experimentation. Strong analytical, computing, software-hardware skills alongside background in any/all of mainstream (ME, EE, MSE, ChemE, CompSci) engineering arenas.
Prof. Shripad T. Revankar CFD Analysis of Gas Distribution in High Temperature Gas Cooled Reactor Building  High temperature gas-cooled reactor (HTGR) designs are likely candidates for Generation IV reactors due to their varied potential applications including process heat for chemical reactions and direct (Brayton) cycle power conversion. One of the   accident scenario in this advanced reactor is a break resulting helium coolant is discharge to the reactor building mixing with air. Good knowledge of the spatial distribution of air and helium in the reactor-building cavity is important, and prediction of this requires both high fidelity data and accurate predictive tools. The student will perform CFD analysis on gas distribution using FLUENT or CFX.  An experimental facility is being constructed in Prof. Revankar’s Multiphase and Fuel Cell Laboratory (MFCRL) to obtain data. The student will learn CFD modeling for advanced reactor system and gain experience in the laboratory on design of the experiments by participating with the laboratory work.  Junior or senior undergrad with CFD knowledge and interest in  learning  experimental work. Previous experience using CFD codes such as FLUENT or CFX is highly desired.
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