PhD Opportunities
TitleSupervisorsDescriptionHow to applyClosing date
High-fidelity modelling of clad ballooning during a loss-of-coolant accident Dr Michael Bluck and Dr Mark Wenman

The loss-of-coolant accident (LOCA) is generally the limiting design-basis accident in a Light Water Reactor. In the event of such an accident, the fission chain reaction is automatically shutdown, however there remains ‘decay heat’ generation, perhaps 7% of operating power, for some hours following the accident. A major focus of the reactor safety case is therefore to ensure that the consequences of a LOCA are manageable. To do so, we must understand and model both the complex mechanical behaviour of the fuel and outer cladding, and the coolant flow over the fuel pins. Indeed, these effects are strongly interdependent. The aim is to develop a state-of-the-art computer code system to predict the 3-D clad ballooning behaviour of rods in a LWR fuel bundle during a LOCA.

Please ensure you meet the academic and residency requirements detailed in the project description and e-mail m.bluck@imperial.ac.uk with an up-to-date CV.  Until filled
Alternatively, please explore opportunities within our Centre for Doctoral Training.
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