in an overall field of 79 proposals, UW-Madison research teams received
three of 10 recently awarded Department of Energy University-Nuclear
Energy Research Initiative (U-NERI) grants, which support innovative
research in advanced nuclear technologies. Under the grants, which total
approximately $1.73 million over three years, the researchers will conduct
multiscale modeling and experimental projects to study fission product
transport in TRISO-coated particle fuels, oxidation and surface modification
treatments of candidate materials for very high temperature reactor
pressure vessel applications, and materials corrosion and heat transfer
issues in the use of liquid salts as media for process heat transfer
from very high temperature reactors.
The researchers include Wisconsin
Distinguished Professor Michael
Corradini and Grainger Professor Gerald
Kulcinski, Assistant Professor Todd
Allen, Research Professor Kumar
Sridharan and Associate Scientist Mark
Anderson, and Materials Science and Engineering Assistant Professors
Izabela Szlufarska and Dane Morgan.
Pictured: Undergraduate Dustin Jacqmin
(seated) and PhD students Luke Olson (center) and James Ambrosek are among
researchers working on the molten salt heat transfer project.