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IBC and MIT to R&D nuclear fuel

IBC Advanced Alloys is having MIT predict and analyze the performance of its beryllium oxide nuclear fuel technology.


June 6, 2012
by PLANT STAFF

VANCOUVER: IBC Advanced Alloys Corp. is having the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) predict and analyze the performance of its beryllium oxide (BeO) nuclear fuel technology and how it performs with the addition of silicon carbide cladding.

The Vancouver manufacturer of products using rare metals and beryllium-based alloys said under the terms of the sponsored R&D agreement, the focus will be on critical parameters of pellet clad interaction, peak and average fuel temperatures, fission gas release and fuel rod internal pressure.

“It is hoped this research will further demonstrate the commercial viability of a new combined fuel technology which has the potential to deliver significant fuel performance improvements and operational safety benefits to the nuclear industry,” the company said in a statement.

The IBC research will be led by Dr. Mujid Kazimi, the MIT Tokyo Electric Power Co. Professor in Nuclear Engineering at MIT, the science and technology university based in Cambridge, Mass.

IBC, which has 80 employees, manufacturers products that serve a variety of industries including nuclear energy, automotive, telecommunications and a range of industrial applications.