Codebreaker: Nuclear Energy Materials Research in the Advanced Materials Laboratory at Boise State University

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A collaborative effort involving several national laboratories and universities studying the use of novel fuel forms in advanced nuclear reactors is the focus of the CAES Codebreaker webinar on Oct. 6 at 3:30 pm.
Brian Jaques, an assistant professor in the Micron School of Materials Science and Engineering at Boise State University who holds a joint appointment with Idaho National Laboratory (INL), will discuss the research being done by his team, which includes INL, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the University of Texas at San Antonio and the University of Manchester.
Although novel fuel forms have been identified for use in advanced reactors, extensive data necessary to support effective performance modeling is lacking. These data shortfalls result in uncertainties for fuel licensing readiness due to material variabilities such as thermophysical property degradation, mechanical properties and in-pile performance. The inconsistencies can originate due to varied fabrication conditions, impurities, additives and oxidant exposure during storage, handling and transportation. Jaques’ presentation will focus on his research team’s work addressing ambiguities and knowledge gaps in existing data used to support risk-informed decision making in the licensing and deployment of advanced reactor fuels.
Jaques will also discuss his career path, research interests and opportunities for collaboration on nuclear materials research at CAES and the Advanced Materials Laboratory at Boise State, where he serves as director.
The CAES Codebreaker webinar takes place on the first Thursday of the month. It provides a forum for students and researchers to address their work, communicate opportunities and challenges to a receptive audience, and increase dialogue among CAES affiliates.
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Phone number (audio only): 208-901-7635
Meeting ID: 266 353 893 702
Passcode: twk74H