This is an Engineering Physics Department Colloquium.
The Consortium for Advanced Simulation of Light Water Reactors (CASL) was established in 2010 as the first U.S. Department of Energy Innovation Hub. CASL’s mission is to develop advanced modeling and simulation (M&S) capabilities that can help address Light Water Reactor operational and safety performance challenges. In its first five years, CASL has developed a M&S capability called the Virtual Environment for Reactor Applications (VERA) that integrates simulation capabilities for key physical phenomena for pressurized water reactors with a focus on in-vessel physics: neutronics, thermal-hydraulics, chemistry, and material performance. CASL has recently been renewed for a second five-year phase, in which VERA activities on PWR modeling are being expanded along with broader research for light-water based small modular reactors and boiling water reactors. The seminar will provide an overview of CASL including its technical scope and progress.
Dr. Jess Gehin joined the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in 1992 and is currently the Director of the Consortium for Advanced Simulation of Light Water Reactors. Previous positions at ORNL include leading Reactor Technology R&D Integration, Senior Program Manager, and Lead of the Reactor Analysis Group. His primary areas of expertise are nuclear reactor physics, advanced reactors, and fuel cycle technology. Dr. Gehin earned a B.S. degree in Nuclear Engineering in 1988 from Kansas State University and M.S. (1990) and Ph.D. (1992) degrees in Nuclear Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Gehin also holds the position of Joint Associate Professor in the Nuclear Engineering Department and the Bredesen Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Education at the University of Tennessee.