NSE Research Area
/   Nuclear Fuels and Nuclear Fuel Cycle   /
Nuclear fuel and the cladding tube are the place where the heat and the radiation are generated by fission and, at the same time, the first and the second barrier to keep the radioactive fission products from release to the environment. In this regard, the research on the fuel and cladding behavior in the reactor during normal operation and under accident condition is the most important part for the safety of the nuclear reactor, nuclear power plants. The nuclear fuels and nuclear fuel cycle lab focuses on the in-reactor performance of the fuel, including fission gas behavior, pellet cladding interaction, cladding corrosion, radiation damage of the materials, heat transfer in the fuel and the cladding, fuel fabrication technology. Also included in the research area are nuclear fuel cycle, nuclear safeguard, non-proliferation, and spent fuel behavior during long term storage.
/   Nuclear Materials   /
Nuclear materials engineering is focusing on research and development of fuel cladding and structural metals and alloys for operating and advanced nuclear energy system. Fundamental understanding of material behavior by nano-scale characterization using electron microscopy, SIMS and 3-D atom probe tomography as well as atomistic modeling using the first-principle calculation is a key R&D topic.
/   Nuclear Thermal-Hydraulics and Reactor Safety   /
Nuclear TH supports to fill important needs for more thorough treatments of the processes of energy (heat) generation in nuclear processes, the transport of that energy by the reactor coolant to the power cycle, and the limitations imposed by the transport mechanism on the design of nuclear reactor in terms of economics and safety.
/   Liquid Metal Magnetohydrodynamics (LMMHD)   /
The study is focused on the analysis and experimental characterization for the liquid metal coolant in the Liquid Metal Reactor and the Nuclear Fusion Reactor. The theoretical and experimental study on liquid metal circulation and electricity generation system is carried out through MHD approach.
/   Computational Nuclear Reactor Physics   /
The research of computational reactor physics lab is focused on the computational aspects of reactor physics in general in nuclear reactors. It involves nuclear data processing, numerical method developments to predict neutron behavior in the nuclear reactors, the design of advanced nuclear reactors, and high performance computing applied to the simulation of nuclear reactors.
/   Environmental Radiation Safety   /
The research covers the environmental radiation monitoring around nuclear installations and the radioactivity analysis on the radioactive waste from nuclear facilities. The study is implemented with the fundamental understanding of the health physics and radiation measurement.