Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Dan LaBrier joins the College of Engineering as the latest research faculty member hired to support advanced reactor research in the School of Nuclear Science and Engineering (NSE). He's the third NSE research faculty hire this academic year joining Izabela Gutowska and Seth Cadell.

LaBrier earned his doctorate in nuclear science and engineering form Idaho State University in 2013. He joins NSE after serving as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of New Mexico since 2014, with research focusing on the effects of corrosion on the emergency core cooling system for pressurized water reactors (PWR) during loss of coolant accident scenarios, under guidance provided by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

His primary research at Oregon State focuses on the behavior of reactor-grade materials under extreme environments. He will initially focus on the occurrence of critical heat flux during power transient events using the Transient Reactor Test Loop (TRTL).

The TRTL is a new, one-of-a-kind, large-scale thermal hydraulic experimental facility focused on delivering high-quality data related to the performance of reactor-grade materials during severe accident scenarios. Design work began in October of 2015, with fabrication progressing through much of 2016. The new experimental facility is scheduled for delivery and installation in one of the NSE’s thermal-hydraulic high-bay spaces at Oregon State in late April 2017. The facility is part of the Transient Reactor Test Facility (TREAT) restart project launched by Associate Professor Wade Marcum in 2015. 

“The importance in this work lies not only in testing current reactor technology and the phenomena behind its behavior in extreme conditions, but also for evaluating newly developed materials that will support the next generation of nuclear reactors” LaBrier said.

He and his wife are enjoying all that Corvallis and the surrounding area have to offer.