Nuclear Engineering Sciences

Project Title: Backscatter Radiography for Non-Destructive Examination
Department: Nuclear Engineering Sciences
Faculty Mentor: James Baciak, jebaciak@mse.ufl.edu
Ph.D. Student Mentor(s): Shuang Cui, cuishuang413@ufl.edu
Terms Available: Fall, Spring, Summer
Student Level: Junior, Senior, 1 student per semester
Prerequisites:  The undergraduate student must be willing to take the University of Florida’s radiation safety course, and be willing to work in the Surge Area. Student should be in Nuclear Engineering Program, Electrical Engineering, or Computer Information Science and Engineering.
Credit:  0-3 credits via EGN 4912
Stipend: $10/hr up to 8 hrs/wk; can be increased through University Scholars Program
Application Requirements: resume, UF unofficial transcripts, faculty interview; email pdf file to Jim Baciak, jebaciak@mse.ufl.edu
Application Deadline: March 1 for Summer and Fall terms; November 1 for Spring term
Website:  n/a
Project Description: In this project, students will develop the use of backscatter x-ray radiography as a non-destructive examination technique for the identification of flaws and features in materials and components. The undergraduate student selected for this project will work with a PhD student to acquire data, generate images, and identify any features of interest in the images. The student may also get involved with computational modeling and radiation transport simulations associated with the project.

Project Title: Time-Dependent Neutron Transport Methods Development and Applications
Department: Nuclear Engineering Sciences
Faculty Mentor: Sedat Goluoglu, goluoglu@ufl.edu
Ph.D. Student Mentor(s): Zander Mausolff, zanderm@ufl.edu
Terms Available: Fall, Spring, Summer
Student Level: Junior, Senior, 1-2 students per semester
Prerequisites:  Required: strong desire to do research and commitment to assigned project(s) to produce timely results; must be comfortable with Linux operating systems; Required for development projects only: strong Fortran programming skills; Linux scripting language familiarity
Credit:  0-3 credits via EGN 4912
Stipend: $10 per hour up to 10 hours a week
Application Requirements: Resume, UF unofficial transcripts, faculty interview; email pdf file to Sedat Goluoglu, goluoglu@ufl.edu, to request an interview
Application Deadline: March 1 for Summer and Fall terms; November 1 for Spring term
Website:  goluogluresearch.com
Project Description: The project entails working with our time-dependent transient analysis code TDKENO. TDKENO is a hybrid (deterministic+MonteCarlo) transient analysis code that is use to solve the time-dependent Boltzmann transport equation with explicit representation of delayed neutrons. The student(s) will work on developing features for the code (in Fortran) as well as applications. Code development includes state-of-the art parallelization options including GPUs and coupling with thermal-hydraulic analysis codes. Current application is the modeling and simulation of transients for the transient test facility (TREAT) at the Idaho National Laboratory that is scheduled to restart operations in 2018.

Project Title: Improved Accident Tolerant Nuclear Fuel
Department: Nuclear Engineering Sciences
Faculty Mentor: James Tulenko, TULENKO@ufl.edu (Emeritus Professor)
Ph.D. Student Mentor(s): Tim Ironman, tji3@ufl.edu
Terms Available: Fall, Spring, Summer
Student Level: Junior, Senior, 2 students per semester
Prerequisites:  Required: strong desire to do research and commitment to assigned project(s) to produce timely results; must be comfortable with Linux operating systems; Required for development projects only: strong Fortran programming skills; Linux scripting language familiarity
Credit:  0-3 credits via EGN 4912
Stipend: $10 per hour
Application Requirements: Resume, UF unofficial transcripts, statement of research interest, faculty interview; email pdf file to James Tulenko, TULENKO@ufl.edu to request an interview
Application Deadline: March 1 for Summer and Fall terms; November 1 for Spring term
Website:  n/a
Project Description: The project is working with Areva and the Nuclear Energy Agency to determine the benefits of adding high thermal conductivity materials to UO2 to greatly improve the low thermal conductivity of UO2. The project already has sample pellets in the ATR reactor undergoing irradiation to determine if the improvement measure before burnup can be sustained through the burnup process.

Project Title: Chemical Interaction Between FeCrAl Cladding and Fission Products
Department: Nuclear Engineering Sciences
Faculty Mentor: Yang Yong, yongyang@ufl.edu
Ph.D. Student Mentor(s): n/a
Terms Available: Fall, Summer
Student Level: Junior, 1 student per semester
Prerequisites:  With a good understanding on materials science basis.
Credit:  0-3 credits via EGN 4912
Stipend: $500 per semester
Application Requirements: Resume, UF unofficial transcripts; one pdf file with all application requirements to Colin Paulbeck, cpaulbeck@ufl.edu
Application Deadline: March 1 for Summer and Fall terms
Website:  n/a
Project Description: This project is aimed to find out whether FeCrAl is subject to the chemical attack from iodine and cesium during a normal reactor operation.