Nuclear Power Research

Research Overview

Department of Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering at Illinois has been well known for its pioneering research in the area of reactor power engineering. Its graduates have gone to leadership positions in industry, national laboratories and academia. Research in the Nuclear Power sub-discipline covers all aspects of power generation using nuclear energy on land, underwater (submarine) and in space. It is an inherently multifaceted discipline, relying on several branches of physics and engineering for design and analysis of large complex systems. These include aspects of reactor physics, reactor thermal-hydraulics, reactor safety, reliability and risk, instrumentation and control, training and education, human factors engineering, reactor materials, nonproliferation, etc. Safety and continued operation of existing reactors and new reactor designs are also being explored in the department. Cross-cutting areas of research include multi-physics and multi-scale modeling and simulation, high performance computing, reliability and risk, validation and verification, and uncertainty analysis.

Nuclear Power Faculty


Subtopics in this Area

  • Advanced Reactor Designs
  • Computational Multi-Fluid Dynamics
  • Instrumentation and Control
  • Interfacial Area Transport
  • Multi-Physics Modeling and Simulation
  • Reactor Analysis Methods
  • Reactor Physics
  • Reactor Thermal-Hydraulics
  • Reactor Transient and Accident Analysis
  • Training and Education, Human Factors
  • Two-Phase Flow and Heat Transfer
  • Verification, Validation and Uncertainty Methods
  • Reliability and Risk