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New lab brings the latest in thermal hydraulics research to U-M

Associate Professor Annalisa Manera was able to take her background in both experiential and computational research to develop a lab that will investigate the phenomenon of operations and safety in reactors.| Short Read
EnlargePortrait of Annalisa Manera. Photo: Joseph Xu, Michigan Engineering.
IMAGE:  Annalisa Manera. Photo: Joseph Xu, Michigan Engineering.

Thermal hydraulics for nuclear reactors is a pillar of nuclear engineering and now the Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Science department at the University of Michigan has the newest lab in education. Associate Professor Annalisa Manera was able to take her background in both experiential and computational research to develop a lab that will investigate the phenomenon of operations and safety in reactors.

“It was a wonderful opportunity for me to take a blank slate and design a lab that will assist our students working and conducting research,” says Manera. “I had the freedom to gather ideas from both government and other educational labs to develop the kind of lab that will work best for our students.”

The Experimental and Computational Multiphase Lab will be a resource for:

  • experiments for single-phase and two-phase flows using advanced high-resolution experimental techniques
  • validation and further development of CFD models for single-phase and two-phase flows
  • design of passive safety systems for Gen-III+ LWRs, SMRs, and advanced reactor
    development of high-fidelity multi-physics computational methodologies for nuclear systems
  • application of one-dimensional thermal-hydraulic system codes (RELAP5, TRACE) for safety analyses

“We teach our students how to gather data to develop and validate models. With exposure to modeling and experiments they have a better understanding of how to use and interpret data when developing models and experiments to be the most useful,” says Manera.

To learn more about the research that will conducted in the new lab visit the Experimental and Computational Multiphase Lab website.

Eleanor Shelton contributed this story.

Portrait of Annalisa Manera. Photo: Joseph Xu, Michigan Engineering.
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