UIT 2021 PhD award to Eric Cervi

Eric Cervi

Eric CERVI, PhD student of the POLIMI-NRGroup has been awarded the UIT (Unione Italiana di Termofluidodinamica) 2021 PhD award, on December 20, during the annual General Assembly of the Association.

The President of UIT awarded the prize to Eric as the best PhD thesis, for his work titled “An innovative multiphysics modelling approach for the analysis and the development of the Generation IV molten salt fast reactor“.

The work presents a novel numerical model for the Molten Salt Fast Reactor (MSFR), currently under development within the Euratom H2020 SAMOSAFER Project (https://samosafer.eu). This model couples different neutron transport solvers with two-phase, compressible fluid dynamics, and it is implemented within an open source  simulation library.

This new modelling approach has the capability to handle the presence of gas bubbles in the reactor coolant, evaluating their effect on reactivity, as well as to investigate fuel compressibility effect during accidental transients. Hence, the thesis is of relevance for the design and optimization of molten salt reactors and for the analysis of the reactor safety.

UIT is the Italian Union of Thermal-Fluid Dynamics. The association brings together Italian researchers, engineers and people interested in thermal and fluids problems and applications.