Published on Friday September 18, 2009
A. W. Grosvenor Professor of Materials Science and Engineering Michel Barsoum and collaborators at the Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) have been awarded a grant to perform experiments with the Advanced Test Reactor (ATR) National Scientific User Facility (NSUF) at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Idaho National Laboratory (INL). Dr. Elizabeth Hoffman (B.S. 2002, Ph.D. 2007; advisor: Michel Barsoum) of SRNL is a co-PI on the grant.
The proposal, "Advanced Damage Tolerant Ceramics: Candidates for Nuclear Structural Applications" was accepted through the FY09 ATR NSUF Call for Proposals and is one of two new research projects to make use of the facility.
Barsoum and collaborators will investigate how a new class of materials holds up under extremely high temperatures and radiation loads. The researchers will employ the ATR to evaluate the suitability of these compounds-ternary carbides and nitrides-as building materials for structures deep within nuclear power reactors.
INL is one of the DOE's 10 multiprogram national laboratories. The laboratory performs work in each of DOE's strategic goal areas: energy, national security, science and environment. INL is the nation's leading center for nuclear energy research and development. Day-to-day management and operation of the laboratory are the responsibility of Battelle Energy Alliance.