Symposium EN17—Fundamental Materials Science to Enable the Performance and Safety of Nuclear Technologies
The aim of this symposium is to present and discuss fundamental materials science behind material design in nuclear related applications with particular emphasis on efficient production systems, improved operating life, performance and safety, maximum system availability, sustainability, and cost reduction. Materials challenges include, but are not limited to, understanding reactivity during accidents, cladding oxidation, hydriding and the evolution of mechanical properties, thermal conductivity, property evolution due to irradiation in general (swelling, creep, amorphization, hardening, etc.), chemical, mechanical and irradiation stability (waste forms). Innovative materials, advanced manufacturing, real time sensing, and microstructural sensitive design capabilities are aimed at addressing some of these challenges. The symposium is interested in fundamental materials research that guides these capabilities. Of specific interest are contributions that combine experimental discovery with modeling and simulation to develop predictive models of material behavior in nuclear environments.