Unist RAdioactive NUclear Materials (URANUM) Lab.

The URANUM is an experimental lab that will allow the handling of nuclear fuel materials, such as uranium and thorium metals, alloys, and compounds, by 2017, perhaps for the first time among all university laboratories in the Republic of Korea. Thermophysical/metallurgical investigations on nuclear fuel materials is the centerpiece of our research. Experimental simulation of radiation-material interactions utilizing heavy ion-beam accelerators is another unique feature of the URANUM to interrogate the in-core performance of nuclear fuel and the safety of used nuclear fuel storage. We also attempt to develop a novel innovative nuclear fuel performance code based on semi-empirical modeling of nuclear fuel behavior under extreme environment of nuclear power plants including extensive radiation field and high temperature/pressure. These hands-on experience on nuclear fuel materials and affirmative theoretical understanding on irradiation effects in materials, both will promote students and researchers in the URANUM to be world-class experts in the corresponding fields. Above all, we, the URANUM, aim high to ultimately suggest and demonstrate state-of-the-art nuclear fuel concepts and designs to humanity all around the globe, as our contribution to the world energy and global warming crisis.