- About Us
These research groups and their associated research areas have been formulated in consultation with our key stakeholders, Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) and the Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR). The links below outline the activities of each group, list their current resources and identify the Principal Investigators (PIs) and associated research faculty and staff.
The primary research subjects of Nuclear Instrumentation and Control Laboratory are the development and evaluation of nuclear I&C systems. Our research activities are related to the systems which receive thousands of plant field signals and process them to control the plants in normal and abnormal conditions. Since the whole systems include massive signals and electronic devices, and human operators, this research field involves not only nuclear engineering but also electrical engineering, computer science, industrial engineering, and cognitive science. Our research has a great potential to impact other research areas because we deal with such extreme conditions where ultra-high safety and reliability are requiredand massive information should be processed simultaneously. The representative research activities of our laboratory are the reliability estimation and development methodologies of digital systems including human performance, efficient evaluation of man-machine interface systems, and studies of cognitive engineering.
The reference plant of this simulator is Kori 3 Nuclear Power Unit in Korea which is a Westinghouse 3 Loop PWR plant. The Simulator capabilities includenormal plant operation evolution, malfunctions and abnormal plant conditions over the whole operating range.
Eye Tracking System detects frequency and duration of eye blinks and fractional closure of eyes during blinks, where he/she is staring at and how long. Eye movement data are used as the complementary measures for the evaluation of workload.
This system can be used not only for brain wave measurements but also for heart rate and contraction-relaxation of muscles measurements. Using the brain wave, it is possible to measure human operator’s stress and awakening.
Thermal Imaging Camera is used for facial skin temperature measurement to calculate operators’ stress or workload
Audio/Video system is used for recording human operators’ actions and communications. This system is especially useful for estimating team situation awareness (TSA).
Simulation, measurement and management of radioactivity in the environment and the radiological environmental impact of nuclear waste.
Nuclear Environment and Waste Management is a branch of nuclear engineering/science concerned with the application of interaction between the Nuclear Engineering, science and environment technology. The research areas of nuclear environment and waste management group includes environmental radiation monitoring, environmental impact assessment around nuclear facilities, nuclear fuel cycle policy, spent nuclear fuel management, radioactive waste treatment/disposal technology, performance assessment of waste disposal sites and etc. These research areas are important in the view of protecting the public against the potential hazards of radiation and maintaining a clean environment. In recent years, concerns for environmental preservation have increased the demand for Environmentally Safe and Sustainable Energy Development. Therefore, it is necessary to develop and apply the appropriate environmental assessment methodology covering the whole nuclear power generation cycle from the view point of the protection of the environment, workers and the public.
Our research focus:
Gamma-ray Spectroscopy System
Low Background Alpha and Beta Counter
Liquid Scintillation Counting (LSC) System
Dispersion Modelling and Simulation Codes
Measurement of electrochemical properties and stress corrosion cracking behavior of materials, Simulation of mechanical behavior of structures in nuclear power plants.
Major research interests in in nuclear materials science group center on the integrity of structural materials in nuclear power plants (NPPs) and nuclear facilities. By aging all structural materials in NPPs suffer from various degradation phenomena such as corrosion and stress corrosion cracking in reactor coolant conditions and external conditions. Since such material degradation could affect the safe operation of NPPs, it is very important to identify possible degradation mechanisms for components and structures, to investigate their kinetics, and to evaluate their consequences. This research group has studied the degradation mechanisms and their kinetics of structural materials for reactor coolant pressure boundary (RCPB) component and reactor containment buildings (RCBs) using electrochemical techniques and finite element numerical simulation.
Our research focus:
PWSCC Loop System
Electrochemical Measurement system
The Nuclear Safeguards and Security Group supports stakeholders in the areas of: development and characterization of measurement systems for nuclear material detection and quantification; assessment of safeguards and security measures for fresh and spent nuclear fuel; Monte Carlo modeling of radiation detection and measurement systems.
Development and assessment of numerical codes and methods used to conduct safety analysis and thermal-hydraulics for in-the-design-phase or existing nuclear power plants.
We combine the latest research from state-of-the-art system-scale safety analysis codes and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) to provide a more comprehensive understanding of the phenomena expected to occur under beyond design basis accidents (BDBAs) and to provide the best guidelines for accident managements.
A major focus of our group is the development of robust methodologies to predict thermal hydraulic phenomena in single component and integral nuclear power plant systems to minimize the risks of faults.
Our tools lead the way for more detailed design optimization approach to enhance the safety and the economic efficiency of nuclear power plants with the nuclear sector stakeholders’ research priorities in mind. We are also developing and testing novel nuclear reactor/thermal energy storage (TES) coupled system in view to maintain constant reactor power operations with highly variable power demand profiles, hence, improving the capacity factor of the nuclear power plant.
As a research group we are also developing novel numerical algorithms to achieve a shorter and more affordable physical simulation time for transient CFD analysis through the use of High Performance Computing (HPC).
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