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Nuclear Engineering Sciences & Innovative Nuclear Space Power & Propulsion Institute
University of Florida
P.O. Box 116502
Gainesville, FL 32611

Phone: (904) 392-1427
FAX: (904) 392-8656

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Nils Diaz

Description of Research
Dr. Diaz' research efforts are focused on advanced nuclear space power and propulsion technology and systems. As Director of the Innovative Nuclear Space Power & Propulsion Institute, he leads industry/university/national labs research and development on investigation, experimental, computational and theoretical ultrahigh temperature processes (above 1500K) with and without nuclear fission effects. Advanced energy conversion systems are under study, including high temperature thermionics and magneto-hydro-dynamics generators. A joint program on fuels and materials is being conducted with the Research Institute of NPO LUTCH, Russia, jointly with U. S. aerospace companies.
Recent Papers or Publications
Keshavmurthy, S. P., Y. Watanabe, E. T. Dugan, and N. J. Diaz, "Design Optimization of Nuclear Vapor Thermal Rocket Core - A Thermo-mechanical Study, " Proceedings. 11th Symposium on Space Nuclear Power and Propulsion, Albuquerque, New Mexico, January 9-13, 1994.

Diaz, N. J., "Ultrahigh Temperature Fuel and Materials Research Program," Proceedings., Specialist Conference on Space Nuclear Power & Propulsion Technologies - Materials and Fuels (NEMF-93), Podolsk, Moscow Region, September 21-24, 1993.

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