Dr. Nicolas Stauff
Reactor and Fuel Cycle Analysis Section
Postdoctoral Researcher, Jan. 2012 - Jan. 2013
Supervisor: T.K. Kim
I joined the Nuclear Engineering Division of Argonne National Laboratory in January 2012 as a post-doc after receiving my PhD in reactor physics at the French CEA. I got involved in various international neutronic benchmarks on Sodium-cooled Fast Reactors (SFR) organized in the frame of the OECD/NEA and international DOE collaborations with China and France. These neutronic benchmarks consisted of modeling a SFR core using Argonne’s suite of fast reactor analysis codes, such as the MC2-3/DIF3D/REBUS-3/PERSENT(VARI3D), and comparing the core characteristics obtained by various participants. Such work requires a good understanding of the code systems used as well as of the reactor design, leading to strong interactions with both code developers and benchmark participants. It was a great opportunity to learn a lot about SFR modeling, for which Argonne has a well-established knowledge base.
My postdoc experience allowed me to continue work at Argonne National Laboratory as a nuclear engineer, and since then, I have worked on some other interesting projects. I performed fuel cycle analyses for the 2013 Fuel Cycle Evaluation and Screening conducted by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Nuclear Energy (DOE-NE), comparing the nuclear waste radio-toxicity for a variety of fuel cycles. I am also currently working on the neutronics analysis of the ASTRID core, which is a French Sodium-cooled Fast Reactor design. My research interests range from sensitivity analyses of neutronic and inherent safety calculations to modeling assumptions and nuclear data. I feel very fortunate to work in this multi-disciplinary environment, which is ideal for learning and innovating.
N.E. Stauff, T.K. Kim, T. Taiwo, L. Buiron, F. Varaine, J. Gulliford, “Evaluation of Sodium-cooled
Fast Reactor Neutronic Benchmarks,” Proceedings of FR’13, paper CN-199-254,
Paris, France (2013).