Nuclear Engineering Sciences

Nuclear Engineering Sciences

Project Title: Cross Section Development for Multiphysics Modeling
Department: Nuclear Engineering Sciences
Faculty Mentor: Justin Watson, justin.watson@ufl.edu 
Ph.D. Student Mentor(s): N/A
Terms Available: Fall, Spring, Summer
Student Level: Junior, Senior, 1 student per semester
Prerequisites: Strong programming skills in Python, FORTRAN, C++, or other language. Familiarity with reactor physics nodal codes and thermal hydraulics codes a plus.
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 one pdf file to Justin Watson, justin.watson@ufl.edu 
Application Deadline: Rolling until filled 
Website: watson.mse.ufl.edu
Project Description: In this project, students will help to develop models and cross section libraries for transient analysis of reactor systems. The initial emphasis will be to develop depletion dependent cross section libraries that include transient branch calculations. The students will help develop python scripts to generate these libraries and form libraries of few group cross sections for various applications.

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: 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.

Project Title: Relativistic Electron Formation and Evolution in Fusion Devices
Department: Nuclear Engineering Sciences
Faculty Mentor: Chris McDevitt, cmcdevitt@ufl.edu 
Ph.D. Student Mentor(s): n/a
Terms Available: Fall, Spring, Summer
Student Level: Junior, Senior; 1-2 students per semester
Prerequisites: Interest in computational or theoretical modeling of fusion plasmas.
Credit:  0-3 credits via EGN 4912
Stipend: $10 per hour
Application Requirements: Resume, UF unofficial transcripts, statement of research interest, faculty interview; one pdf file with all application requirements to Chris McDevitt, cmcdevitt@ufl.edu, to request an interview with Chris McDevitt.
Application Deadline: March 1 for Summer and Fall terms; November 1 for Spring term
Website:  n/a
Project Description: This project involves the treatment of the formation and evolution of a relativistic electron population in a fusion device. Emphasis is placed on Monte Carlo modeling of a relativistic electron population, radiative cooling of the bulk plasma, and impurity transport. The student(s) will work on contributing to the development of a relativistic electron solver along with a coupled system of fluid equations.