Sawan, Wilson team developing predictive capabilities for nuclear fusion systems
A team led by Distinguished Research Professor Mohamed Sawan and Professor Paul Wilson, both of the Department of Engineering Physics, has received a $900,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to develop advanced nuclear predictive capabilities for nuclear fusion systems. Their ultimate goal is enable direct coupling between CAD models, neutronics analysis and other engineering analyses such as computational fluid dynamics and structural analyses. Applications areas for this research include geometrically complex fusion devices such as the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor currently being built in France. In addition, the team will participate in the design of other near-term fusion devices and address several challenging research and development issues related to performance under the severe nuclear environment in fusion systems.