Seminar: Nuclear Materials (JOINT)

Event Date: October 26, 2016
Speaker: Dr. Maria Okuniewski
Time: 3:30 - 4:20 p.m.
Location: WTHR 200
Contact Name: School of Nuclear Engineering
Contact Phone: 765-494-5739
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Open To: Graduate students, Undergraduate students
Priority: No
School or Program: Nuclear Engineering
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Dr Okuniewski
Dr. Maria Okuniewski
Assistant Professor of Materials Engineering
Purdue University

Understanding Microstructural and Mechanical Properties in Nuclear Fuels and Materials through the Utilization of Neutrons and Synchrotron X-rays 

Synchrotron x-rays and neutrons can be used as effective probes in nuclear fuels and materials due to their ability to penetrate and interact with these materials. A number of microstructural features can be studied using these particles, including lattice parameters, phase identification, phase fractions, texture, crystallite sizes, dislocation density, and porosity. Mechanical properties including spatially resolved stresses/strains and the elastic modulus can also be determined. These material attributes are of interest since they can provide potential insight regarding fuel fabrication techniques and ultimately fuel performance. Examples of applications of high energy x-rays and neutrons to assess microstructural features and mechanical properties in nuclear fuels and materials will be discussed. 

Dr. Maria Okuniewski has been a faculty member in the School of Materials Engineering at Purdue University since January 2016. She was previously a research and development staff scientist and engineer in the Fuel Performance and Design group within the Nuclear Fuels and Materials Division at Idaho National Laboratory, where she worked since 2008. She obtained her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in the Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering Department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Okuniewski received her Ph.D. in 2008. Dr. Okuniewski's interests include: (1) radiation damage in nuclear materials and fuels, (2) developing and utilizing non-destructive techniques for analyzing material properties, (3) microstructure and property relationships in materials, (4) in-situ and ex-situ transmission electron microscopy, and (5) multi-scale modeling of metallic nuclear fuels and cladding.


2016-10-26 16:30:00 2016-10-26 17:20:00 America/New_York Seminar: Nuclear Materials (JOINT) WTHR 200