Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering

NRE 8011/8012 and MP 6011/6012 Seminar

Nuclear & Radiological Engineering and Medical Physics Programs

Title:

History and Technical Overview of Molten Salt Reactors

Speaker:

Dr. Jess Gehin

Affiliation:

Oak Ridge National Laboratory

When:

Thursday, February 10, 2011 at 11:00:00 AM

Where:

Boggs Building, Room 3-47

Host:

Bojan
Petrovic
404-894-8173

Abstract

The Molten Salt Reactor (MSR) concept was developed at ORNL in the 1950s-1970s including the operation of the Molten Salt Reactor Experiment in the late 1960ís as a demonstration of the concept. There has been increasing interest in MSR concepts to support long-term sustainability of nuclear energy through the use of thorium as a fuel and to address the transmutation of waste. This seminar will provide an overview of the history of the development of the MSR concept at ORNL and a summary of its technical aspects and features.


Biography

Dr. Gehin joined Oak Ridge National Laboratory in 1992 and is currently a Senior Program Manager in the Reactor and Nuclear Systems Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He earned a Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1992 and also holds the position of Adjunct Associate Professor in the Nuclear Engineering Department at the University of Tennessee.