To engineers’ surprise, radiation can slow corrosion of some materials

In certain alloys, exposure to proton irradiation can extend the material’s lifetime, study finds.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
July 9, 2020 ~5 min

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A layered approach to safety

Using 3D fabrication, researchers develop novel nuclear materials that optimize both accident tolerance and performance.

Leda Zimmerman | Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering • mit
June 11, 2020 ~8 min

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Making nuclear energy cost-competitive

Three MIT teams to explore novel ways to reduce operations and maintenance costs of advanced nuclear reactors.

Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering • mit
May 27, 2020 ~8 min

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A scientist turns to entrepreneurship

After delivering novel computational methods for nuclear problems, nuclear science and engineering PhD candidate Pablo Ducru plunges into startup life.

Leda Zimmerman | Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering • mit
May 20, 2020 ~7 min

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Zeroing in on decarbonization

Wielding complex algorithms, nuclear science and engineering doctoral candidate Nestor Sepulveda spins out scenarios for combating climate change.

Leda Zimmerman | Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering • mit
Jan. 15, 2020 ~8 min

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3Q: Yet-Ming Chiang on reopening the case of cold fusion

The materials science and engineering professor is part of a multi-institution effort to investigate the possibility of cold fusion in a scientifically rigorous way.

Rachel Kemper | Department of Materials Science and Engineering • mit
May 27, 2019 ~7 min

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Breakthrough in boiling

High-fidelity simulations by MIT nuclear researchers point the way to optimizing heat transfer in current and next-generation reactors.

Leda Zimmerman | Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering • mit
April 22, 2019 ~8 min

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Getting to the bottom of the “boiling crisis”

New understanding of heat transfer in boiling water could lead to efficiency improvements in power plants.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
April 4, 2019 ~7 min

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Fine-tuning multiphysics problems

Nuclear science and engineering graduate student Miriam Kreher codes to create better models for complex interactions within nuclear reactors.

Leda Zimmerman | Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering • mit
March 25, 2019 ~7 min

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Chernobyl: How bad was it?

A scholar’s book uncovers new material about the effects of the infamous nuclear meltdown.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office • mit
March 5, 2019 ~9 min

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