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NSE’s Boyd and Dykhuis win 2015 Innovations in Fuel Cycle Research Awards

NSE’s William Boyd and Andrew Dykhuis have won awards in the 2015 Innovations in Fuel Cycle Research Awards sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Fuel Cycle Technologies.

William Boyd, a Ph.D. student in Nuclear Science and Engineering, has been awarded a First Place prize in the category of Nuclear Science and Engineering. His award-winning research paper, “The OpenMOC Method of Characteristics Neutral Particle Transport Code,” was published in the Annals of Nuclear Energy in June 2014.

Andrew Dykhuis, also a Ph.D. student in Nuclear Science and Engineering, has been awarded a Second Place prize in the category of Advanced Fuels. His award-winning research paper, “HOGNOSE: A New Model for Corrosion in PWRs,” was presented at the American Nuclear Society Annual Meeting in June 2015.

The Innovations in Fuel Cycle Research Awards program is designed to: 1) award graduate and undergraduate students for innovative fuel-cycle-relevant research publications, 2) demonstrate the Department of Energy’s commitment to higher education in fuel-cycle-relevant disciplines, and 3) support communications among students and DOE representatives.

The program awarded 18 prizes in 2015 for student publications relevant to the nuclear fuel cycle. In addition to cash awards, award-winning students will have a variety of other opportunities.

Learn more about the Innovations in Fuel Cycle Research Awards program

photo William Boyd (L), Andrew Dykhuis (R)

Four NSE students win NEUP support

NSE’s Sterling Harper was one of 32 graduate students across the country to be awarded a Nuclear Energy University Programs Fellowship given by the US Department of Energy. Harper’s project focuses on modeling nuclear reactors. He is writing software that can be used to calculate how many neutrons of different energies are in a reactor and is designing tools to determine the reactor’s safety, failure modes, power potential, and radioactive waste production. Harper works with NSE Professors Benoit Forget and Kord Smith.

As an NEUP graduate fellow, Harper will receive $50,000 annually over the next three years in addition to a summer internship at a National Laboratory.

NSE undergraduates Luisa Kenausis, Sean Lowder, and Vivian Tran (course 22 and course 8) are among 59 undergraduates awarded scholarships in nuclear energy-related engineering and science programs at universities across the country. Kenausis has completed three UROPs with Professor Forget; Lowder will be spending this summer working with Professor Jacopo Buongiorno; and Tran has worked Professors Forget, Short, and Yildiz on four UROP projects. Undergraduates will each receive a $7,500 scholarship.

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photo L to R: Harper, Kenausis, Lowder, Tran


NSE’s Miaomiao Jin win best poster award at CASL workshop

NSE graduate student Miaomiao Jin has won the award for the best poster presented at the 2015 CASL Annual Education Workshop.

Jin works with NSE Professor Short, in the meso-scale nuclear materials (MNM) group which focuses on microstructural level and engineering scale modeling and experiments. He works on the porous corrosion deposits on fuel rod surfaces, known as CRUD (an abbreviation for ‘Chalk River Unidentified Deposits’), in nuclear reactors. Jin’s work contributes the development of a mulitphysics model (MAMBA-BDM) to characterize the deposition and influences of CRUD on fuel rods.

The winning poster featured a study on film boiling and heat transfer regimes in CRUD. With the assumption of film boiling in CRUD at high heat fluxes, the study shows how heat transfer, fluid flow, and chemical reactions can be coupled and solved to characterize the distribution of several key variables including temperature. These measurements can in turn be used in subsequent calculations of cladding oxidation.

CASL is the US Department of Energy’s Consortium for Advanced Simulation of Light Water Reactors. It connects fundamental research and technology development through an integrated partnership of government, academia, and industry that extends across the nuclear energy enterprise.

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NSE’s Guanyu Su wins poster award

NSE graduate student Guanyu Su won the 3rd Place Poster Award at the 9th International Conference on Boiling and Condensation Heat Transfer, which took place in Boulder Colorado. The poster titled “Experimental study of boiling inception under exponentially escalating heat flux” was co-autored by Guanyu Su, Matteo Bucci, Thomas McKrell and Jacopo Buongiorno, and was among 60 posters presented at the conference.

2015 NSE Awards

The Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering and the student chapter of the American Nuclear Society hosted the annual awards dinner on on April 29, 2015. Meet the award winners.

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NSE’s Jake Jurewicz wins best student paper award at NUTHOS10

NSE graduate student Jake Jurewicz has won the award for the best student paper submitted to the 10th International Topical Meeting on Nuclear Thermal Hydraulics, Operation and Safety (NUTHOS10). Jurewicz’s paper describes the detailed design of a spar-type platform for an offshore floating nuclear power plant.He presented the paper to an international audience at the conference in Okinawa, Japan on December 18th.

At MIT Jurewicz works with Professors Jacopo Buongiorno, Michael Golay, and Neil Todreas in a multidisciplinary group that studies various technical aspects of an offshore floating nuclear plant (OFNP). This relatively new and growing group, which also includes students from MIT’s Ocean Engineering Center, assesses a broad range of topics including plant security, refueling, power cycle optimization, safety systems, public opinion, and economics.

Jurewicz has been working closely with each member of the group over the last year and a half to fully integrate the design of the offshore platform with all of the nuclear systems and design constraints raised by the group members. His research, along with the rest of the OFNP group, is seeking to develop a new paradigm of safety and construction efficiency in nuclear plant design.

Jake Jurewicz
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NSE’s Andrew Dykhuis wins best Technical Content award for presentation in Sapporo

NSE graduate student Andrew Dykhuis has won the award for the best technical content for a student poster at the 2014 Nuclear Plant Chemistry Conference in Sapporo.

Dykhuis’s winning poster was entitled "Three Dimensional Multiphysics Modeling and Validation of CRUD-Induced Localized Corrosion (CILC) in PWRs”, and describes Dykhuis’s work in NSE Professor Michael Short’s lab.

Dykhuis and Short are developing a science-based, mechanistic, multiscale finite-element model of Zircaloy corrosion to investigate the behavior of various Zircaloys under a range of applicable conditions and accidents. The new model, known as HOGNOSE, links together detailed simulations of the effects of CRUD (an abbreviation for ‘Chalk River Unidentified Deposits’) on cladding and Zircaloy corrosion, thereby simulating CRUD-cladding behavior under both operating and accident conditions.

In contrast with other corrosion models HOGNOSE uses a variety of mechanistic parameters to tune the simulation, including three-dimensional simulations to predict the effects of a CRUD flake on the corrosion of the cladding beneath it.

Multiphysics Modeling & Simulation of Porous CRUD Deposits in PWRs
Short Lab

NSE’s Lulu Li wins best poster award at CASL workshop

NSE graduate student Lulu Li has won the award for the best poster presented at the 2014 CASL Annual Education Workshop. Li’s poster described a new physics-based multi-grid acceleration method implemented and tested in the OpenMOC framework.

At MIT Li works with Professors Kord Smith and Benoit Forget in the Computational Reactor Physics Group (CRPG). CRPG focuses on computational physics methods for modeling and simulation of nuclear reactor cores, including reactor physics analysis methods, core loading design and optimization, and transient safety analysis.

Li is one of the co-developers of the open-source Method of Characteristics neutron transport code called OpenMOC. Her research on nonlinear acceleration techniques is contributing to the development of the numerical algorithms and acceleration schemes that are necessary for efficient simulation of reactor problems.

CASL is the US Department of Energy’s Consortium for Advanced Simulation of Light Water Reactors. It connects fundamental research and technology development through an integrated partnership of government, academia, and industry that extends across the nuclear energy enterprise.

Lulu Li
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Colin Josey awarded NEUP Fellowship

NSE's Colin Josey was one of 33 graduate students across the country to be awarded a Nuclear Energy University Programs Fellowship given by the US Department of Energy. Josey is working on the development of new methods to handle Doppler broadening for Monte Carlo methods in the resolved resonance range. Current techniques require large amounts of memory to work, which is at a premium in planned supercomputers. By implementing the Windowed Multipole formalism in OpenMC, he hopes to reduce memory requirements and improve performance when studying reactors operating at hot full power. Josey works with NSE Professors Benoit Forget and Kord Smith.

As an NEUP graduate fellow, Josey will receive $50,000 annually over the next three years in addition to a summer internship at a National Laboratory.

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Benjamin Lawrence Magolan wins Rickover Fellowship

NSE graduate Benjamin Lawrence Magolan was recently awarded a Rickover Fellowship in Nuclear Engineering. Magolan is a first year graduate student in NSE, whose research focuses on the implementation of the linear and quadratic k-epsilon turbulence model into Hydra-TH, an advanced Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) code being developed at Los Alamos National Laboratory as part of the CASL project. This model will better capture the anisotropy of turbulent flows in rod bundle channels. His work consists of programming and implementing the model into the Hydra-TH software, in addition to verifying and validating these contributions via numerous simulations and by comparison to other turbulence models, CFD software, and experimental results. Magolan works with Professor Emilio Baglietto in NSE.

The Rickover Fellowship provides 24 months of funding for students enrolled in a full-time masters degree program and 48 months of funding for those in a doctoral degree program. The Fellowship is designed to meet the needs of the Naval Reactors Division of the Department of Energy for appropriately trained personnel for the maintenance and development of science and engineering technology as it pertains to naval nuclear propulsion.

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