Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering

NRE/MP Seminar

Nuclear & Radiological Engineering and Medical Physics Programs


Argonne National Laboratory


Dr. Nicolas Stauff


Argonne National Laboratory


Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at 11:00:00 AM


Boggs Building, Room ROOM 3-47


Abdalla Abou Jaoude


Light Water Reactors that are currently being deployed and operated in the U.S. are under economic stress in an evolving energy market with the low prices of natural gas and with the large fraction of intermittent sources of energy that is penetrating the power grid. Fast reactors associated with continuous recycling of Plutonium or Transuranics along with the recovered Uranium will provide benefit in terms of fuel utilization and nuclear waste generation. However, the development of such advanced fuel cycles requires demonstrating they can be used in an economically competitive way in the future U.S. energy market. Load following operation is investigated as a possible solution to improve the competitiveness of nuclear power in an energy environment disrupted by a large penetration of intermittent sources, by avoiding for instance power generation when electricity prices are low or negative. In this context, the capability of different nuclear reactor technologies (such as Fast Reactors) for following load variations is discussed and compared with that of Pressurized Water Reactors (PWR).


Nicolas Stauff has been working in the Nuclear Engineering Division of the Argonne National Laboratory since 2012. He is contributing to a variety of projects in the fields of reactor physics and fuel cycle analyses for advanced nuclear reactors. Nicolas contributes to the US DOE Fuel Cycle Options Campaign for which he is leading research on the compatibility of nuclear technologies with variable grid demand. He also works on various international collaborations: with CIAE (China) on the modeling of the CEFR reactor, with CEA (France) on the modeling of the ASTRID project, and with JAEA (Japan) on the development of the JSFR. Nicolas leads the development of a user interface to Argonne’s advanced reactors analysis codes within the Nuclear Energy Advanced Modeling and Simulation (NEAMS) program. Before joining Argonne, Nicolas performed research at the French Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He received his Ph.D. in nuclear engineering from the University of Paris XI and his M.S and B.S. in electrical engineering from the SUPELEC school in France.


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