Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering

NRE 8011/8012 and MP 6011/6012 Seminar

Nuclear & Radiological Engineering and Medical Physics Programs


Westinghouse Electric Company - Nuclear Fuel: Driving Fuel Performance through Core and Product Design


Mr. Jeffrey Bradfute, P.E.


Westinghouse Electric Company


Thursday, February 12, 2015 at 11:00:00 AM


Boggs Building, Room 3-47


Dr. Farzad Rahnema


A brief overview of the current Westinghouse Electric Company, including the status of new builds in the US and globally, and the Nuclear Fuel Division’s product lines and global customers will be provided. The key focus of presentation is on Westinghouse’s continued drive to achieve flawless fuel performance for its global customer base. In the post-Fukishima era, Westinghouse is leading the effort to develop accident tolerant fuels that if introduced would mitigate or eliminate the possibility of core meltdown. The status of this effort will be covered.


Mr. Jeffrey L. Bradfute currently works for Westinghouse Electric Company where he has held the position of Vice President, Global Fuel Engineering and Product Management in the Nuclear Fuel Division since 2012. He has over 30 years of industry and nuclear related experience working for Westinghouse, South Carolina Electric & Gas and the U.S. Navy. He is responsible for PWR and BWR fuel hardware design, development and testing, as well as the technology development functions supporting nuclear physics, thermal hydraulic and fuel performance methods for PWR and BWR fuel and reload core designs. Westinghouse currently supplies nuclear fuel to 145 units worldwide. Mr. Bradfute received his BSNE (Suma cum Laude) from the University of Cincinnati, MSE degree in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Michigan, MBA from the University of Pittsburgh, and is a licensed professional engineer. He serves on several government and university advisory boards including the ORNL Nuclear Science Engineering Directorate Advisory Board, University of Michigan, Nuclear Engineering & Radiological Sciences Advisory Board and University of South Carolina College of Engineering Advisory Board. Mr. Bradfute is an active member of the American Nuclear Society and has served in a number of local and national leadership positions.