Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering

NRE 8011/8012 and MP 6011/6012 Seminar

Nuclear & Radiological Engineering and Medical Physics Programs


Nuclear Fuels Research at Oak Ridge National Laboratory: A Good Time for Nuclear Engineers


Dr. Rodger Martin


Oak Ridge National Laboratory


Thursday, October 28, 2010 at 11:00:00 AM


Boggs Building, Room 3-47 (3rd Flr)


Dr. Chris Wang


Spurred by environmental concerns and changing energy needs, nuclear fuels research is on an upswing in the United States. This talk will review the ongoing nuclear fuel-related research and supporting infrastructure at ORNL. TRISO particle fuel fabrication and testing programs, mixed oxide irradiated fuel rod examinations, and specialized and fundamental fuel properties testing programs are underway. Some examples are high temperature fission product release and cladding integrity under accident conditions, electron microscopy of irradiated microstructures, thermal and structural properties of irradiated materials, and the recently formed Consortium for Advanced Simulation of LWRs.


Dr. Rodger Martin worked in nuclear fuels and isotopes at ORNL since 1990, primarily in fission product transport and performance of TRISO particle fuels. He has led several groups ranging from nuclear fuel materials to heavy element production, and served as the director of the Californium User Facility for Neutron Science. He managed special projects ranging from miniature neutron source fabrication to plutonium-beryllium radiochemical separations and currently serves as program manager for specialized testing of irradiated nuclear fuel properties. He received a B.S. in Chemistry from Lebanon Valley College, M.S. in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana, and Ph.D. in Applied Plasma Physics & Fusion Engineering from UCLA.


Refreshments will be served.