Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering

NRE/MP Seminar

Nuclear & Radiological Engineering and Medical Physics Programs


Engineering the Liquid-Fluoride Thorium Reactor






Monday, March 14, 2016 at 12:00:00 PM


MRDC Building, Room 4211




The liquid-fluoride thorium reactor (LFTR) is an energy-generating system that combines many engineering disciplines in order to realize a complete solution to humanity's energy needs for millions of years into the future. The chemical, mechanical, and nuclear engineering activities and drivers of this design will be discussed in this talk as well as how new and innovative ideas can improve this design, reduce costs, and enhance safety. Future research on LFTR at Georgia Tech may follow some of the possibilities described in this talk.


Kirk Sorensen is a founder of Flibe Energy and currently serves as President and Chief Technical Officer. Kirk has been a public advocate for thorium energy and liquid-fluoride thorium reactor (LFTR) technology for many years. He founded the weblog “Energy From Thorium” which has been the platform for the international grassroots effort to revive research and development of fluoride-based reactors. Prior to founding Flibe Energy, he served as Chief Nuclear Technologist at Teledyne Brown Engineering and with their support has pushed advance consideration of thorium. Previous to that, Kirk worked for ten years at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center spending the last two of those years on assignment to the US Army Space and Missile Defense Command. Kirk has briefed many senior military and civilian decision makers on LFTR technology and its compelling advantages, including its potential use in portable modular reactors for the US military. Kirk has a master of science in nuclear engineering from the University of Tennessee and a master of science in aerospace engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Kirk has been a prominent advocate for thorium energy with regular speaking engagements and media interviews across the world.