The mission of the Center for Nuclear Energy Facilities and Structures (CNEFS) is to perform research on innovative but rigorous solutions to problems in nuclear energy related facilities and to transfer this technology to the industry. These solutions reduce uncertainty, increase safety and reduce the cost of operating existing plants and of building new ones. Educating and training the next generation of work force in state-of-the-art methodologies is a related objective.
- Interdisciplinary Center between Civil and Nuclear Engineering Departments.
- Faculty expertise includes structural engineering, mechanics, severe accident management, thermal hydraulics, reactor safety, construction engineering, geo-technical engineering, ground motion characterization, external event risk assessment.
- Started as a research program in early 1990’s and soon developed into a premier university-based organization for research, training, and technology dissemination.
- Faculty and students conduct fundamental research and demonstrate applicability of research to industry applications.
- With support from the Office of Continuing Education, CNEFS will host the 25th International Conference on Structural Mechanics in Reactor Technology (SMiRT 25) in 2019.