Alfred researchers receive grant – nuclear applications

Alfred University researchers in the Inamori School of Engineering will receive funding through the U.S. Department of Energy’s Nuclear Energy University Program to explore additive manufacturing of ceramic materials for nuclear applications.

The USD 509,850 one-year grant will allow the University to acquire a lithography-based ceramic manufacturing system (LCM), which will be coupled with the extensive 3D printing capabilities at Alfred University. The goal is to establish processes for additive manufacturing (3-D printing) of ceramic materials, including designing and printing of oxides, carbides and nitrides for nuclear applications such as waste immobilization, fuel, and structural appliances.

The proposed capability can be used for processing many different ceramic materials additively for a variety of applications relevant to nuclear industries, including single and mixed-oxide fuels and silicon carbide and carbon composites.