OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

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Nuclear Reactor Systems Design

This area examines the overall design features of existing and advanced nuclear power generation systems, including the examination of light water reactor nuclear fuel, core cooling systems, main steam systems, power generation equipment, process instrumentation, containment, and active and passive engineered safety features. General studies of the neutronics of nuclear reactors include the theory of steady state and transient behavior of nuclear reactors, including reactivity effects of control rods and fuel, determination of nuclear reaction cross sections, and steady state and transient reactor behavior. Thermal hydraulic studies related to nuclear reactor design include hydrodynamics, conductive, convective and radiative heat transfer in nuclear reactor systems, core heat removal design, and single and two-phase flow behavior. Nuclear criticality safety studies include design and neutronic analysis of storage and transportation facilities for spent fuel and weapons materials.

For more information contact Professor Brian Woods.