Nuclear Engineering

Students may apply to one or more of the below projects, indicating this in their statement of interest, or they may apply for "Nuclear Engineering: General," indicating in their statement of interest their skills and background and some faculty with whom they would be interested in working.  Nuclear Faculty List

Title Name Email Project Name Project Description Requirements
Asst. Prof. Janelle Wharry jwharry@purdue.edu Advanced Manufactured Ni Alloy 718 for Nuclear Applications Nuclear reactors are large structures, with heavy components made from metallic materials such as steels and Ni-base alloys.  Over the past 60 years, these alloys have been made by conventional casting or forging.  However, recent developments of advanced manufacturing processes have spurred interest in using novel methods to fabricate nuclear reactor components that possess improved properties and parameters.  This project explores Ni-base alloy 718 produced by direct laser metal deposition (DLMD) advanced manufacturing.  We will explore the microstructure and mechanical response of these materials.  We will study the materials in their as-built condition, and after conducting several heat treatments aimed to strengthen the materials.  The student will investigate the grain size of the materials, conduct tensile testing to obtain stress-strain curves, and carry out nanoindentation to determine hardness. Introduction to Materials Science & Engineering course strongly desired.  Any laboratory experience in materials characterization, testing, or metallography desired but not required.  Most critical is your interest and motivation to work on the project.

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