Rensselaer researcher received Nuclear Energy University Programs R&D award from the Department of Energy

The project entitled “Atomic-scale to Meso-scale Simulation Studies of Thermal Ageing and Irradiation Effects in Fe-Cr Alloys,” led by Professor Emily Liu, in the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Nuclear Engineering (MANE), and her collaborators at Boston University and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, receives Nuclear Energy University Programs (NEUP) award from the Department of Energy (DOE).

Currently, even though researchers are able to carry out Molecular Dynamics (MD) simulations at atomic-scale, we lack the capability to translate the results to meso-scale simulations such as Phase Field (PF). This project focuses on the development of an integrated modeling platform for MD and PF simulations of the thermal ageing and excessive irradiation of Fe-Cr alloys, with the potential to extend to other alloys, whereas Fe-Cr alloys are considered the base matrix for advanced ferritic/martensitic steels envisaged as fuel cladding and structural components in Gen-IV reactors and fusion reactors.

The NEUP research grants are part of a larger effort by the DOE to build on President Obama’s commitment to promote education in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math. The awards announced under the NEUP programs will support nuclear energy research and development and student education at 46 colleges and universities around the country.

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