Mentor: Dr. Yong Yang
College of Nuclear Engineering
"I applied to the University Scholars program to gain a better understanding of the research process and better prepare myself for graduate school. Along with gaining a better understanding of the study of structural materials for nuclear systems. My goals for this academic year are to finish all my graduate school applications, get a high score on my GRE, and finish my last year of undergraduate strong."
Experimental nuclear materials and computational nuclear materials, with a focus on nuclear fuel
Dean’s List, 6 times August 2009 – May 2012
Anderson Scholar with Distinction August 2009-May 2011
After first two years at the University of Florida, maintained a GPA above 3.90
- Alpha Sigma Nu, the Nuclear Engineering Honor Society
- Tau Beta Pi, the Engineering Honor Society
Through Tau Beta Pi: Gator TRAX, a program to teach elementary schools the basic principles of engineering and make math and science exciting
Hobbies and Interests
- Playing Basketball
- Long distance running
Pulsed Magnetic Welding for Advanced Core and Cladding Steels
Project Description this research is aimed to investigate a solid-state joining method, pulsed magnetic welding (PMW), for welding the advanced core and cladding steels for Gen IV reactor system. The advanced core and fuel cladding steels developed for Gen IV reactor have a specially tailored microstructures, improved high temperature strength and exceptional radiation damage resistance. However, a potential issue that directly affects the field applications of advanced steels is the change in properties associated with the alternation of microstructures by conventional welding technologies. Since the superior properties depend on the uniform tempered martensitic microstructure for F/M steels and evenly distributed nano-sized oxide particles and precipitates for ODS and HT-UPS respectively, any changes induced by welding may be deleterious. Developing welding techniques that limit microstructural alteration is critical. The pulsed magnetic welding as a solid state welding technology with no melts and a minimal welding zone seems to be very promising. The proposal submitted to DOE Nuclear Energy office for studying PMW on advanced core and cladding was awarded for a period of three years since Oct 2010, and the research includes materials selection and procurement, pulsed magnetic welding and optimization, metallurgical examination and irradiation test on weldments. Currently, the work pieces of advanced steels have been fabricated and to be sent to PST at Germany for welding and optimization. It is planned to receive the weldments by April 2012 and then the weldments will be subjected to extensive microstructural examination, leak test and mechanical test. Figure 1 shows the work flow for post welding study and the Gantt chart is the timeline of the research to be performed during academic year of 2012-2013.