Excellence in Research and Innovation for Humanity

Assist. Prof. Dr. Imane Khalil


University of San Diego


Mechanical Engineering Department

Research Fields

Heat Transfer, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Nuclear Engineering


Two-Dimensional Modeling of Spent Nuclear Fuel Using FLUENT
In a nuclear reactor, an array of fuel rods containing stacked uranium dioxide pellets clad with zircalloy is the heat source for a thermodynamic cycle of energy conversion from heat to electricity. After fuel is used in a nuclear reactor, the assemblies are stored underwater in a spent nuclear fuel pool at the nuclear power plant while heat generation and radioactive decay rates decrease before it is placed in packages for dry storage or transportation. A two-dimensional computational model using FLUENT to predict the heat transfer and the maximum temperature inside a spent fuel assembly is presented in this paper along with preliminary studies for a mathematical method that combines computational fluid dynamics with MATLAB data analysis.