TRISO Fuel Pellet Safety Development

Midshipman Researcher(s): 1/C Justin Budan

Adviser(s): Professor Marshall Millett, Professor Steve McHale

Poster #61

In order to minimize convoy use in the US Army and meet new power demand, mobile nuclear reactors are being developed. TRISO fuel pellets are recommended for fueling these reactors due to their safe nature compared to alternatives, but the unique risks of enemy weapons require further testing of this fuel to ensure safety. This research aims to accurately model of a TRISO fuel pellet based off of material properties and previous experimental data, and apply a variety of forces similar to that of an enemy weapon to the nuclear fuel to determine the likelihood of both damage and proliferation.

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