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UNR Engineering Professors Pradeep Menezes and Mano Misra researching solutions for the safe storage of spent nuclear fuels

Mechanical Engineering Associate Professor Pradeep Menezes and Chemical & Materials Engineering Professor Mano Misra have been awarded a $500,000 Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) grant for their project to strengthen storage canisters used for nuclear waste. The project, “Manufacturing of Spent Fuel Storage Canisters with Superior Stress Corrosion Cracking Resistance using Advanced Hybrid Laser-Arc Welding and High-Pressure Cold Spray Additive Post-Processing,” was funded in early 2024.

This project addresses chloride-induced stress corrosion cracking (CISCC) of stainless-steel containers used to store used nuclear fuel. The professors say their work promises to significantly advance nuclear safety and engineering, ensuring a more secure future for nuclear waste management.

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