A trio of faculty-led projects in Colorado School of Mines’ interdisciplinary nuclear science and engineering program recently garnered grants from the U.S. Department of Energy, ranging from $500,000 to $800,000.
Chemistry professor and nuclear science/engineering chair Mark
Jensen was granted $800,000 to locate and resolve “bottlenecks” between certain
chemical elements for the purpose of increasing waste repository capacity.
Mechanical Engineering associate professor Mark Deinert also
received $800,000 towards creating a web-based tool letting non-technical users
understand and compare energy choices, breaking down the options by cost,
carbon release, resource use and dependability. Deinert plans to develop an application
programming interface to permit third-party developers to create
Metallurgical and materials engineering associate professor Jeffrey King and his colleague, mechanical engineering assistant professor Douglas Van Bossuyt, received a total of $500,000. The pair plans to use the Idaho National Laboratory’s advanced test reactor for irradiation work, demonstrating how stainless steel and Inconel alloys that have been produced using additive manufacturing behave when irradiated. One set of specimens will be irradiated at the test reactor while another set will be thermally aged at the mines school, after which the engineering researchers will compare results.