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Mr Syed Bahauddin Alam

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Syed Bahauddin Alam

Research Student

Academic Division: Energy, Fluid Mechanics and Turbomachinery

Research group: Energy

Telephone: +44 1223 7 61263

Email: sba26@eng.cam.ac.uk

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Research interests

  • Monte Carlo and Deterministic methods for reactor physics analysis;
  • Modeling techniques and design of advanced reactor core;
  • Thermal-hydraulics safety analysis;
  • Fuel performance analysis;
  • Nuclear fuel cycle optimization;
  • Accident-tolerant fuel.

Research projects

  • The Design of Reactor Cores for Civil Nuclear Marine propulsion

The Design of Reactor Cores for Civil Nuclear Marine propulsion: This research focuses on the 3D neutronics, fuel performance and thermal hydraulics feasibility of soluble-boron-free, high power density (>120 MW/m3) and long core life (>20 years) small modular reactor PWR and VVER cores with accident-tolerant cladding Silicon Carbide for civil marine propulsion. Broadly, my research focuses on the Monte Carlo and Deterministic methods for reactor physics analysis, Lattice physics; Cross-section generation and processing; Modeling techniques and design of advanced reactor core; Radionuclide inventories; Thermal-hydraulics safety analysis; and Fuel performance analysis.

  • 3D Reactor Physics Modeling of the Reduced-Moderation Water Reactor (RMWR) Fuel Assembly

The research project was to study the 3D reactor physics modelling of a Reduced-Moderation Water Reactor (RMWR) fuel assembly and compare the results using three computational codes: WIMS (Deterministic code), MONK (Monte Carlo code) and EVENT (Finite Element Method). The comparison among the three codes has been carried out with 1D axial slab, 3D lattice and 3D pincell models of an RMWR fuel assembly model. "EVENT" code uses the finite element method (FEM) to radiation transport problems. EVENT is written in standard Fortran 77. A general purpose mesh generator and data preparation code called GEM has been developed to enable the automatic generation of the finite-element mesh and input data for EVENT.

  • Experimental Analysis of Advanced Cladding Materials Silicon Carbide (SiC) for Advanced Nuclear Reactors

This project conducts an experimental analysis of the accident tolerant cladding material Silicon Carbide (SiC) for advanced small modular civil marine nuclear reactor core. This experiment assesses the oxidation behavior of sintered tubular silicon carbide in a pure steam environment. The objective of this study is to (1) experimentally explore phenomenological aspects of SiC cladding linear weight loss behavior in a pure steam environment, and (2) assess its ramifications on the structural strength of the material for very long life and high power density (>100 MW/m3) marine core.

  • Microstructure Analysis of Oxidized Silicon Carbide

This project focuses on the microstructural characterization of the oxide formed on the surface of the Silicon Carbide (SiC) samples used for nuclear fuel cladding for long core-life and high power density reactor core using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and X-ray diffractometry (XRD).

 

Selected Publications

PEER-REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS: ON  PHD PROJECT

1. Syed Bahauddin Alam, B.A. LINDLEY, and G.T. PARKS,  'Feasibility Study of the Design of Homogeneously Mixed Thorium-Uranium Oxide and All-Uranium Fueled Reactor Cores for Civil Nuclear Marine Propulsion' in International Congress on Advances in Nuclear Power Plants (ICAPP 2015), Nice, France, 3–6 May (2015).

2. Syed Bahauddin Alam, Hassan Mohamed, B.A. LINDLEY,  and G.T. PARKS, 'Lattice Design and Coolant Selection for a 333 MWth PWR Civil Marine Propulsion Core using Checkerboard Micro-heterogeneous ThO2-UO2 Fuel' in International Congress on Advances in Nuclear Power Plants (ICAPP 2016), San Francisco, CA, USA, 17–20 April (2016). [Best Student Paper Award]

3. Syed Bahauddin Alam, B.A. LINDLEY,  and G.T. PARKS,  'Hot Channel Analysis of a 333 MWth Civil Nuclear Marine Core Using the COBRA-EN Code' in 16th International Topical Meeting on Nuclear Reactor Thermal Hydraulics (NURETH-16), Chicago, USA, August 30—September 4 (2015).  ["Best Technical Poster Award" by American Nuclear Society, out of 677 papers]

4. Syed Bahauddin Alam, B.A. LINDLEY,  and G.T. PARKS, 'Design of Microheterogeneous Thorium Based Fuel and Homogeneously Mixed All-Uranium Fuel Configurations for 333 MWth Civil Nuclear Marine Pressurized Water Reactor Core. PART 1: Design Methods and Burnable Poison Design' in preparation to be submitted in Annals of Nuclear Energy (2015).

5. Syed Bahauddin Alam, B.A. LINDLEY,  and G.T. PARKS, 'Design of Microheterogeneous Thorium Based Fuel and Homogeneously Mixed All-Uranium Fuel Configurations for 333 MWth Civil Nuclear Marine Pressurized Water Reactor Core. PART 2: Design of Control Rod and Whole-Core Analysis'  in preparation to be submitted in Annals of Nuclear Energy (2015).

6. Syed Bahauddin Alam, B.A. LINDLEY, and G.T. PARKS, 'Neutronic Performance of High Power Density Marine Propulsion Cores Using UO2 and Microheterogeneous ThO2-UO2 Duplex Fuels' in The Physics of Reactors (PHYSOR), Sun Valley, Idaho, USA, May 1-5, (2016).

7. Syed Bahauddin Alam, B.A. LINDLEY,  and G.T. PARKS, 'Hot Assembly and Whole-Core Thermal-Hydraulic Analysis of a High Power Density Marine Core With Neutronic/Thermal-Hydraulic Coupling' in The Physics of Reactors (PHYSOR), Sun Valley, Idaho, USA, May 1-5, (2016).

8. Syed Bahauddin Alam, B.A. LINDLEY,  and G.T. PARKS, 'Investigation of the Novel Improved Burnable Poisons Design for Soluble-Boron-Free Civil Nuclear Marine PWR Core' in The Physics of Reactors (PHYSOR), Sun Valley, Idaho, USA, May 1-5, (2016).

9. Syed Bahauddin Alam, Hassan Mohamed, B.A. LINDLEY,  and G.T. PARKS, 'Analysis and Design of a High Power Density Marine PWR Core using Mixed D2O-H2O Coolant and Checkerboard Micro-heterogeneous ThO2-UO2 and All-Uranium Fuel' in International Congress on Advances in Nuclear Power Plants (ICAPP 2016), San Francisco, CA, USA, 17–20 April (2016).

10. Syed Bahauddin Alam, M Nelson and G.T. PARKS, 'Utilizing the Energy Share Improvement of Thorium-Based Seed-Blanket Fuel for Very Long Life Civil Nuclear Marine Propulsion Cores'' in 24th International Conference on Nuclear Engineering (ICONE 24), Charlotte, NC, USA, 26–30 June (2016).

 MANUSCRIPTS IN PREPARATION: ON PHD PROJECT

1. Syed Bahauddin Alam, B.A. Lindley, and G.T. Parks. ‘Thorium-Based Accident Tolerant Fuels for Very Long Life Civil Nuclear Marine Propulsion Cores: A Neutronic Evaluation.’ in preparation to be submitted in the Nature Energy, 2016.

2. Syed Bahauddin Alam, B.A. Lindley, and G.T. Parks. ‘Utilizing the Energy Share Improvement of Thorium-Based Seed-Blanket Fuel for Very Long Life Civil Nuclear Marine Propulsion Cores.’ in preparation to be submitted in the Progress in Nuclear Energy, 2016.

3. Syed Bahauddin Alam, B.A. Lindley, and G.T. Parks. ‘Axially Graded Improved Burnable Poisons Design for Soluble-Boron-Free and Very Long Life Civil Nuclear Marine PWR Core.’ in preparation to be submitted in the Progress in Nuclear Energy, 2016.

4. Syed Bahauddin Alam, B.A. Lindley, and G.T. Parks. ‘ Reactor Physics Analysis of High Power Density and Long Core Life Marine Propulsion PWR Cores Using Microheterogeneous ThO2 − UO2 Duplex Fuels.’ in preparation to be submitted in the Annals of Nuclear Energy, 2016.

5. Syed Bahauddin Alam, B.A. Lindley, and G.T. Parks. Thermal-Hydraulic and Fuel Performance Analysis of a High Power Density and Long Core Life Marine Core with Neutronic and Thermal-Hydraulic Coupling.’ in preparation to be submitted in the Annals of Nuclear Energy, 2016.

6. Syed Bahauddin Alam, H. Mohamed, B.A. Lindley, and G.T. Parks. ‘Utilization of Mixed D2O − H2O Coolant for Extended Core lifetime of A High Power Density Marine PWR Core using Micro-heterogeneous ThO2 − UO2 and All-Uranium Fuel.’ in preparation to be submitted in the Annals of Nuclear Energy, 2016.

7. Syed Bahauddin Alam, H. Mohamed, B.A. Lindley, and G.T. Parks. ‘Neutron Energy Spectrum Analysis for a 333 MWth PWR and VVER Civil Marine Propulsion Core using Micro-heterogeneous ThO2−UO2 Fuel.’ in preparation to be submitted in the Annals of Nuclear Energy, 2016

8. Syed Bahauddin Alam, H. Mohamed, B.A. Lindley, and G.T. Parks. ‘Neutronic Assessment of the Advanced Cladding Materials with Micro-heterogeneous ThO2 − UO2 Fuel for Ultra-Long Life and High Power Density Marine PWR Cores.’ in preparation to be submitted in the Annals of Nuclear Energy, 2016.

PREVIOUS UNDERGRADUATE PUBLICATIONS:

1. MN Sakib, S.B. Alam, C Shahnaz, SA Fattah “A Basic Digital Watermarking Algorithm in Discrete Cosine transformation Domain.” 2nd International Conference on Intelligent Systems, Modelling and Simulation, Malaysia, 25-27 Jan, 2011.

2. HMD Kabir, S.B. Alam. “A Theory of Loss-less Compression of High Quality Speech Signals with Comparison.European Modelling Symposium, pp. 136-141, Pissa, Italy, 17-19 Nov, 2010.

3. HMD Kabir, S.B. Alam. “Non-linear Down-sampling and Signal Reconstruction, Without Folding.” European Modelling Symposium, pp. 142-146, Pissa, Italy, 17-19 Nov, 2010.

4. MN Sakib, ABR Sazzad, S.B. Alam, C Shahnaz, SA Fattah. “Security Enhancement Protocol in SMS-Banking using Digital Watermarking Technique.” European Modelling Symposium, pp. 170-173, Pissa, Italy, 17-19 Nov, 2010.

5. S.B. Alam, ABR Sazzad, MN Sakib, HMD Kabir, C Shahnaz, SA Fattah. “Manipulation and Transparency Control of ICT constituted E-Administrative Protocol via Digital Watermarking for LDCs.” International Conference on Information Theory and Information Security, pp. 93-97, 17-19 Dec, China, 2010.

6. S.B. Alam, HMD Kabir, MN Sakib, ABR Sazzad, C Shahnaz, SA Fattah. “A Secured Electronic Transaction Scheme for Mobile Banking in Bangladesh Incorporating Digital Watermarking.” International Conference on Information Theory and Information Security, pp. 93-97, 17-19 Dec, China, 2010.

7. HMD Kabir, S.B. Alam. MA Matin. “Hardware Based Realtime, Fast and Highly Secured Speech Communication Using FPGA.” International Conference on Information Theory and Information Security, pp. 98-102, 17-19 Dec, China, 2010.

8. HMD Kabir, S.B. Alam, IKR Chowdhury, MA Matin. “A Loss-less Compression Technique for High Quality Speech Signals and Its Implementation with MPEG-4 ALS for Better Compression.” International Conference on Information Theory and Information Security, pp. 452-457, 17-19 Dec, China, 2010.

9. HMD Kabir, S.B. Alam, MA Matin. “Watermarking with Fast and Highly Secured Encryption for Real-time Speech Signals.” International Conference on Information Theory and Information Security, pp. 446-451, 17-19 Dec, China, 2010.

10. S.B. Alam, MN Sakib, ABR Sazzad, C Shahnaz, SA Fattah. “Digital Security Algorithm for GSM Incorporated Virtual E-Banking Protocol Using Watermarking Technique.” The IEEE Symposium on Signal Processing and Information Technology, pp. 420-423, 15-17 Dec, Luxor, Egypt, 2010.

11. ABR Sazzad, S.B. Alam, MN Sakib, C Shahnaz, SA Fattah “Secured Cellular Banking Protocols Using Virtual Internet with Digital Watermarking.” The IEEE Symposium on Signal Processing and Information Technology, pp. 424-427, 15-17 Dec, Luxor, Egypt, 2010.

12. S.B. Alam et al. “Second Order Implementation of Image Watermarking.” International Journal of Mobile and Adhoc Networks, Vol: 1, No 2, 2011.

13. S.B. Alam et al. “Field Programming Oriented Secured Speech Communication using Watermark with Multiple Domain Analysis.” International Journal of Mobile and Adhoc Networks, Vol: 1, No 2, 2011.

14. S.B. Alam et al. “GSM and ICT Framed E-Governance Incorporated with Network Protection.” International Journal of Mobile and Adhoc Networks, Vol: 1, No 2, 2011.

15. S.B. Alam et al. “Real-time Speech Signals for E-Wallet using Watermarking Algorithm with Fast and Highly Secured Encryption.” International Journal of Mobile and Adhoc Networks, Vol: 1, No 2, 2011.

16. S.B. Alam et al. “Characteristic and Transient Analysis of Gen-4 Nuclear Power via Reactor Kinetics and Accelerator Model.” IEEE International Power and Energy Conference, PECON 2010, pp. 113-118, Malaysia, 29 Nov, 2010.

17. S.B. Alam et al. “EM Shielding, Dosimetry Control and Xe(135)-Sm(149) Poisoning Effect for Nuclear Waste Treatment.” IEEE International Power and Energy Conference, PECON 2010, pp. 101-106, Malaysia, 29 Nov, 2010.

18. S.B. Alam et al. “Nuclear Waste Transmutation by Decay Energetics, Compton Imaging, Bremsstrahlung and Nuclei Dynamics.” IEEE International Power and Energy Conference, PECON 2010, pp. 107-112, Malaysia, 29 Nov, 2010.

19. S.B. Alam et al. “Can Gen-4 Nuclear Power and Reactor Technology be Safe and Reliable Future Energy for Developing Countries.” IEEE International Power and Energy Conference, PECON 2010, pp. 95-100, Malaysia, 29 Nov, 2010.

20. S.B. Alam et al. “Simulation of Bremsstrahlung Production and Emission Process.” 2nd International Conference on Intelligent Systems, Modelling and Simulation (ISMS2011), Malaysia, 25-27 Jan, 2011.

21. S.B. Alam et al. “Simulation of Beta Transmutation by Decay Energetics.” 2nd International Conference on Intelligent Systems, Modelling and Simulation (ISMS2011), Malaysia, 25-27 Jan, 2011.

 22.HMD Kabir, S.B. Alam. “Fast and Low-Power Consuming SRAM Design by Fast Precharging Using Equalizer and Sense Circuit.” Journal of Electron Device, Vol 9, 2011. 

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Biography

Syed Bahauddin Alam is currently a PhD candidate in Nuclear Engineering at the University of Cambridge. He is working on Computational Design Group of  Cambridge Engineering Design Centre under Academic Division: Energy, Fluid Mechanics and Turbomachinery at Department of Engineering

He completed his Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in Nuclear Energy from University of Cambridge at 2013. His completed his B.Sc. in Electrical & Electronics Engineering (EEE)  from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) at 2011.

His PhD research topic is "The Design The Design of Reactor Cores for Civil Nuclear Marine propulsion". He is currently working at the Rhode Island Nuclear Science Center (RINSC) in collaboration with the Brown University (Advanced Ceramics and Nanomaterials Laboratory) and the University of Rhode Island (Dynamic Photomechanics Laboratory) on the "Oxidation Behavior of Accident Tolerant Cladding Silicon Carbide in a Pure Steam Environment.

Awards:

  1. During Syed's PhD study, he has been awarded "Best Student Paper Award" and  "Best Poster Awardat the 2016 International Congress on Advances in Nuclear Power Plants (ICAPP 2016) in San Francisco, CA, USA. 
  2. Furthermore, he has been awarded "Best Technical Poster Award" by "American Nuclear Society (ANS)" out of 677 papers at the 16th International Topical Meeting on Nuclear Reactor Thermal Hydraulics (NURETH-16) in Chicago, USA for a part of his PhD work. 
  3. He has also been awarded "Student Participation Assistance Award" sponsored by Reactor Physics Division of American Nuclear Society (ANS) at the Physics of Reactors (PHYSOR) in Sun Valley, Idaho.
  4. In addition, he is the recipient of "IET Travel Award 2016", "ICAPP 2016 Student Travel Scholarship", "W G Collins Endowment Fund 2016", "Ford of Britain Trust 2015" and "St. Edmunds College Tutorial Award 2015" for his PhD Work.

In his undergraduate level, he was the recipient of "Outstanding Research Award'2011" in "EEE Undergraduate Project Workshop (EUProW 2011) organized by Department of EEE, BUET. Furthermore, he received "Rotary Vocational Excellence Award’ 2011" for outstanding contribution in the field of science and technology in Bangladesh.  Moreover, he has published highest numbers of International peer-reviewed research publications at the undergraduate level in Bangladesh.