Our research activities lie in the Focus Area of Nuclear Power Design and Safety Analysis, primarily focusing on advancing scientific understanding of advanced nuclear reactor (AR) technologies. The development and deployment of AR systems, along with existing nuclear reactors, will fortify nuclear energy as a zero-emission clean energy source and a vital piece of the energy portfolio in the carbon neutral future of our society.
Our research is concentrated on the development, implementation, and application of state-of-the-art modeling and simulation (M&S) capabilities in a multiphysics context to accelerate nuclear innovation and deployment of ARs. These numerical tools are developed with deliberate balance between accuracy and efficiency to satisfy varying demands in different phases of technology development. They are well verified and validated through rigorously developed numerical and experimental benchmarks with sufficient sensitivity and uncertainty (S/U) analysis. To maximize the benefit of ARs for resource utilization and waste reduction, the complete nuclear fuel cycle is being investigated in accordance with the feature of each AR design. Moreover, we effectively integrated in R&D activities cutting-edge data analytics such as data-driven approach and machine learning (ML) techniques to create numerical models that can handle large volumes of data and improve continuously.