Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering

NRE 8011/8012 and MP 6011/6012 Seminar

Nuclear & Radiological Engineering and Medical Physics Programs


Overview of Ultra Safe Nuclears TRISO and FCM Fuel Manufacturing


Dr. Kurt Terrani


Ultra Safe Nuclear


Thursday, September 22, 2022 at 11:00:00 AM   Add to Calendar


Boggs Building, Room 347


Bojan Petrovic


Ultra Safe Nuclear has been working to vertically integrate and own its reactor and fuel manufacturing operations. A nuclear fuel supply chain for advanced reactors does not currently exist in the United States. The TRISO fuel particles and Ultra Safe Nuclears proprietary Fully Ceramic Microencapsulated, FCM, fuel form require a robust and sizeable supply chain. Vertically integrating and establishing this supply chain requires full demonstration and exercise of the advanced fuel manufacturing technologies at the necessary scale. In parallel, a comprehensive capability for testing and qualification of the nuclear fuel is expected to support reactor licensing. This talk provides and overview of these activities at Ultra Safe Nuclear in support of its Micro Modular Reactor MMRTM deployment.


Kurt Terrani leads the Core Division of Ultra Safe Nuclear Corporation , USNC, that is responsible for development and delivery of nuclear fuel and core structural materials for USNCs advanced energy systems. Kurt was previously a Senior Staff Scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and a National Technical Director for the U.S. DOE Office of Nuclear Energy. He received his Ph.D. in nuclear engineering from University of California, Berkeley in 2010. His research and technology development focuses on fundamental aspects of nuclear fuel and materials manufacturing, radiation effects, and behavior