In this episode, we discuss...


  • David’s personal journey in the nuclear industry

  • David’s work as Director for the U.S. Department of Energy innovation hub, Consortium for Advanced Simulation of Light Water Reactors

  • Core design and refiguration of fuel between cycles

  • Influence of temperature on water density and its effect on the reactor

  • Inherent safety of light water reactors

  • Independent analysis of reactor core design and fuel optimization

  • Global trends and interactions in the nuclear field

  • Focus of CASL, energy innovation hub at NC State

  • CRUD-induced power shift and CRUD-induced localized corrosion

  • A deep dive into pellet clad interactions

  • Thermohydraulics, dry spots, and departure of nucleate boiling

  • The Future of CASL and its contributions to the nuclear industry

David Kropaczek

Consortium for Advanced Simulation of Light Water Reactors, Oak Ridge National Labs

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