Three UCBNE Faculty Receive NEUP Funding Awards
Professor Max Fratoni has received a $400K R&D award for a project entitled "Molten Salt Reactor Experiment Benchmark Evaluation"
Professor Fratoni and his team will employ the data archive on the Molten Salt Reactor Experiment (MSRE) and develop a set of high-quality Molten Salt Reactor (MSR) reactor physics benchmarks for inclusion in the IRPhE Handbook that currently does not contain any benchmark set related to MSR technology.
Professor Peter Hosemann submitted an infrastructure proposal that has been awarded. This project will allow UCBNE to enhance laboratory safety with the purchase of a hand foot detector as well as enhance the mechanical property testing capability in order to test reactor irradiated materials on all length scales and temperatures. In addition, localized physical property probing will allow UCB to support particular fuels related work while nondestructive testing equipment will enhance the thermohydraulics work and engineering scale failure analysis.
Professor Digby Macdonald has been awarded an $800K R&D award for his project entitled "Development and Integration of Light Water Reactor (LWR) Materials Degradation Codes into
Professor Macdonald and his team will develop powerful codes for predicting environmentally-assisted localized corrosion in the primary coolant circuits (PCCs) of Generation II BWRs and PWRs. These codes and resulting models will be embedded into GRIZZLY. This will greatly extend the applicability of GRIZZLY to components in PCCs that are susceptible to pitting corrosion, stress corrosion cracking, and corrosion fatigue and will provide the stress intensity factor solutions for the crack growth rate models.