Modeling and Design of Magnetically Levitated High-Temperature Molten Salt Pump (Post-Doctoral position)
There is an immediate opening for a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Department of Nuclear Engineering at the University of Tennessee (https://ne.utk.edu) to support a new, three-year grant from the Department of Energy.
This position involves the modeling and design of magnetic bearings and utilization of FEA analysis to support the development of a high-temperature, canned rotor, magnetic bearing pump for molten salt. The successful candidate will work with staff to design, fabricate, and test a high-temperature magnetically levitated pump for molten salt. The candidate will work on the design and analysis of the pump mechanical structures and heat transfer analysis using coupled physics simulations and finite element models. The candidate will help with material selection and failure analysis. The FEA task will focus on a coupled structural, thermal, and electromagnetic analysis of the pump. The high temperatures will require use of both ceramics and metals. The FEA analysis will analyze how differences in coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE) impact the interfaces between the different materials. Material compatibility requires the use of thin materials. The thin walled structure analysis tasks will focus on the fatigue strength, adhesion, creep, and stress analysis. The position will also involve helping staff with the fabrication, assembly, and testing of the pump.
Additional duties include technical interactions with graduate students and ORNL research staff members, contributing to and developing new research initiatives, and fiscal and technical management of research projects.
Internal Number: 208946
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