University of Wisconsin Neutronics Center of Excellence
The nuclear assessment has traditionally been the strength of the University of
Wisconsin (UW) fusion research program. On the national level, the success of
our nuclear effort led to the recognition of the
UW Fusion Technology Institute (FTI) as the nationwide leader
in the nuclear field. Our nuclear group has developed expertise in the
neutronics, radiation shielding, activation, and radwaste management areas of research.
The numerous publications in these areas reflect our active involvement
in 36 MFE and 24 IFE projects. During the past two decades, we
have led the nuclear task for the
the U.S. shielding activity for
ITER, and the nuclear activity
for the ST-FNSF,
APEX, IFMIF, and numerous IFE
projects. With the U.S. rejoining
ITER, we resumed our leading
role in the nuclear area, offering a novel approach for the 3-D modeling
of ITER and its subsystems.
UW FTI personnel have been designing conceptual MFE and IFE power plants and experimental facilities for over 40 years. We collaborated with research teams at national institutions and international organizations and participated in 60 projects. The majority of the research projects are large national design efforts aimed at developing environmentally attractive conceptual designs for future fusion power plants and experimental test facilities. We have been involved in the development of many fusion concepts and developed expertise in both magnetic and inertial confinement concepts that cover a wide range of design approaches, such as tokamaks, spherical tori, stellarators, tandem mirrors, and laser/heavy-ion/Z-pinch driven inertial fusion. Furthermore, we have been involved in several smaller-scale projects focusing on space, advanced D-3He fuel cycle, proliferation-resistance, and non-electric applications.
Specific areas of research and development at the UW-FTI include:
- Neutronics, shielding, and activation analyses
- Environment and radwaste management
- CAD-based neutronics
- Code development
- Medical applications
- Transmutation of fission waste
UW Ph.D. nuclear technology
graduates in neutronics areas occupy key positions in the
U.S. Industry, National Laboratories and Universities.