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Engineers receive $3.7 million for nuclear energy research

The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded UW-Madison engineering researchers nine of 42 total grants distributed through its Nuclear Energy University Program. The researchers received $3.7 million to advance nuclear education and develop the next generation of nuclear technologies. The research includes projects in fuel cycle research and development, generation IV reactor research and development, and innovative research in nuclear science and engineering. UW-Madison is among 23 U.S. universities to lead projects, which include:

  • Heat transfer salts for nuclear reactor systems: Chemistry control, corrosion mitigation and modelingEngineering Physics Senior Scientist Mark Anderson, Distinguished Research Professor Kumar Sridharan and Materials Science and Engineering Assistant Professor Dane Morgan

  • Modeling solute thermokinetics in LiCl-KCl molten salt for nuclear waste separation — Materials Science and Engineering Assistant Professor Dane Morgan

  • Study of interfacial interactions using thin-film surface modification: Radiation and oxidation effects in materials — Engineering Physics Distinguished Research Professor Kumar Sridharan

  • Corrosion in supercritical carbon dioxide: Materials, environmental purity, surface treatments and flow issues — Engineering Physics Distinguished Research Professor Kumar Sridharan, Senior Scientist Mark Anderson and Research Associate Guoping Cao

  • Pulsed magnetic welding for advanced core and cladding steels — Engineering Physics Assistant Scientist Yong Yang, Research Associate Guoping Cao, and Associate Professor Todd Allen

  • “Freeze-casting” as a novel manufacturing process for fast-reactor fuels — Engineering Physics Associate Professor Todd Allen

  • Critical experiments to understand the radiation response of materials for fast-reactor cladding and duct application — Engineering Physics Associate Professor Todd Allen

  • Understanding the irradiation behavior of zirconium carbide — Materials Science and Engineering Assistant Professors Dane Morgan and Izabela Szlufarska, and Engineering Physics Assistant Scientist Yong Yang and Associate Professor Todd Allen

  • Microstructure evolution in advanced structural materials under long-term and elevated temperature irradiation: A combined materials modeling and experimental investigation — Materials Science and Engineering Assistant Professor Dane Morgan

Renee Meiller
5/20/2010