NCSU to host program on particle transport simulation with Monte Carlo accuracy

October 19, 2022, 3:00PMANS Nuclear Cafe


Join North Carolina State University’s Department of Nuclear Engineering for the 2022 Nuclear Engineering Distinguished Technical Lecture on Thursday, October 20, from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. EDT.

Alireza Haghighat, professor and director of the nuclear engineering program in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Virginia Tech, will deliver a presentation, “New Paradigm for Real-Time, High-Fidelity Particle Transport Simulation with Monte Carlo Accuracy.”

In person and via Zoom: Haghighat will be delivering his lecture in person. Interested individuals are welcomed to attend the speech on campus in Raleigh, in Lecture Hall 1202 in the Burlington Engineering Labs Raleigh. Alternatively, a Zoom link will be provided upon request via email.

What it’s about: Haghighat will discuss his work developing novel particle transport methodologies and formulations based on deterministic and Monte Carlo approaches and their hybrids. These methodologies include multistage response-function transport (MRT) and hybrid techniques with applications to nuclear reactor systems, nuclear security, and medical image reconstruction. The focus of the talk will be the RAPID (Real-time Analysis for Particle transport and In situ Detection) code system for steady-state and transient simulation of nuclear reactor systems, including reactor cores, spent fuel pools, and spent fuel casks. Haghighat has demonstrated that RAPID can quickly yield high-fidelity solutions for real-world problems on a single computer core.

About the speaker: Haghighat is both director of the nuclear engineering program at Virginia Tech’s Blacksburg campus and director of the Mechanical Engineering Program at the National Capital Region Campus in Arlington. He was formerly chair of the University of Florida’s nuclear and radiological engineering department, as well as director of the University of Florida training reactor. He has been involved in the development of new particle transport methodologies and large computer codes for modeling and simulation of nuclear systems during the past 35 years. Among the advanced software programs he has helped develop are PENTRAN, A3MCNP, TITAN, INSPCT-s, AIMS, TITAN-IR, and RAPID. Haghighat has published more than 280 papers; has received several best paper awards; and has presented numerous workshops, seminars, and papers nationally and internationally.

Related Articles

RaFTS: The Radiation Field Training Simulator

Training for the realities of radiological incidents and emergencies

July 9, 2021, 2:43PMNuclear NewsGreg White, Steve Kreek, William Dunlop, Joshua Oakgrove, Dan Bower, Dave Trombino, Erik Swanberg, and Steven Pike

One of the biggest challenges in training for incidents and emergencies that involve high-radiation-dose hazards is balancing between realism and safety. To be truly prepared for the realities...

CASL completes 10-year mission

August 17, 2020, 9:30AMNuclear News

The Department of Energy established the Consortium for Advanced Simulation of Light Water Reactors (CASL) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in 2010 as a national collaboration of government,...