The adverse effects of radiation on nuclear fuel could soon be better controlled thanks to research involving UT’s College of Engineering.
Department of Nuclear Engineering News
Professors from the UT College of Engineering are part of three separate nuclear safety research projects that collectively have been awarded $2.6 million.
Researchers in UT’s College of Engineering have been tied to advancements in safety and detection surrounding nuclear-related issues since the dawn of the atomic age.
An international research team led by assistant professor Haixuan Xu has received a US Department of Energy grant to help with work involving a key component of nuclear reactors.
Hash Hashemian, an adjunct professor of nuclear engineering, has been named a fellow of the American Nuclear Society, one of the highest honors in his field.
The College of Engineering’s strong connection to the research, development, and governmental activities of the various facilities in the Oak Ridge area was on display again this week, as officials from UCOR presented Dean Wayne Davis the latest installment in a $250,000, five-year commitment to the college.
Several members of the College of Engineering’s Department of Nuclear Engineering recently took home awards at the American Nuclear Society’s annual meeting in Reno, Nevada, with Professor Lawrence Townsend receiving a particularly high honor.
Analysis and Measurement Services Corporation has announced the formation of the AMS Nuclear Engineering Graduate Fellowship UT, with Maryville native Vic Lollar the first recipient. Lollar’s research in graduate school will be directed toward nuclear power plant instrumentation and control, as well as monitoring issues.
A team from UT’s Department of Nuclear Engineering recently took top honors for its research at the European Conference of the Prognostics and Health Management Society in Nantes, France. The group’s paper, “Prognostics for Light Water Reactor Sustainability: Empirical Methods for Heat Exchanger Prognostic Lifetime Predictions,” tackles the need to check on equipment in existing nuclear reactors as those facilities’ licenses are renewed.
The university’s Nuclear Engineering Department has climbed from the twelfth-ranked program in US News and World Report to the fifth-ranked in just four years. One of the reasons why: the amount of research conducted in the department. That was a key point College of Engineering Dean Wayne Davis and department head Wes Hines shared with the UT Board of Trustees Wednesday. Investment in research almost quadrupled from 2008 to 2013, climbing from $2.1 million to $8.2 million over that span.