• Gordon Kohse, left, and David Carpenter prepare an apparatus for burst testing of irradiated silicon carbide composite tubes in a radioactive materials laboratory at the Nuclear Reactor Laboratory.

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Silicon carbide cladding proves its mettle

Innovation is powerful, but in a field such as nuclear engineering, new materials, designs and processes must prove their merit under all foreseeable conditions before moving into everyday use.

A Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering team is using specialized facilities of the MIT Nuclear Reactor Laboratory to evaluate a new approach to protecting reactor fuel rods, with the prospect of enabling better reactor performance and safety, while also reducing waste production.

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Topics: Energy, Nuclear power and reactors, Nuclear science and engineering


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