The research conducted at the division aims at improving performance and safety of existing and future nuclear power plants, using a combination of numerical simulation and experimental investigations.
Our research focuses on water- and lead-cooled reactors with conventional and advanced fuels. To this end, we apply a variety of computational techniques, including Monte-Carlo methods, computational fluid dynamics, Calphad methods, density functional theory and system codes for simulation of transients.
Moreover, the division operates a high-pressure, 1 MW heated water loop for two-phase flow studies and dry-out testing, and a nuclear fuel manufacturing laboratory, with equipment for manufacturing and characterisation of uranium nitride, silicide and composite fuels.
The following topical areas are currently being pursued:
- Thermo-mechanic and thermal-hydraulic modelling of LWRs
- Heat transfer in super-critical water
- Development and optimisation of advanced Monte-Carlo methods
- Nuclear fuel cycle modelling
- Design and safety analysis of lead-cooled reactors
- Science of radiation damage in nuclear steels
- Advanced nuclear fuel development (mixed oxides, nitrides and silicides)
Particular projects within the above areas are funded by and carried out in collaboration with external partners.
CEKERT, the Center for Nuclear Engineering, is a forum for coordination of research and education within nuclear engineering field at KTH Royal Institute of Technology.