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Materials Science at Oregon State University

Issues in Nuclear Energy Development and Materials Challenges

Date: Thursday, Nov 1st
Presenter: Prof. Andrew Klein, Department of Nuclear Engineering and Radiation Health Physics, Oregon State University

Abstract


Nuclear technologies currently are used to produce approximately 20% of the electricity used by the US. This energy source continues to be an important part of the energy mix for the US and the World, despite recent difficulties. This presentation will take a look at the current status and approaches to nuclear energy for electricity production, some of the challenges represented by its utilization and various approaches to future nuclear energy generation. In particular, discussion will focus on the materials challenges related to the extreme environments (radiation, temperature, pressure, special materials) that are being addressed to enable the continued future use of this technology.