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Mr Syed Bahauddin Alam


Syed Bahauddin Alam

Research Student

Academic Division: Energy, Fluid Mechanics and Turbomachinery

Research group: Energy


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Research interests

The Design of Reactor Cores for Civil Nuclear Marine propulsion

Design and analysis of Reduced-Moderation Water  Reactor (RMWR)

Research projects

In an effort to de-carbonise commercial freight shipping, there is growing interest in the possibility of using nuclear propulsion systems. Reactor cores for such an application would need to be fundamentally different from land-based power generation systems, which require regular refuelling, and from reactors used in military submarines, as the fuel used could not conceivably be as highly enriched. Nuclear-powered propulsion allows ships to operate with low fuel costs, long refueling intervals, and minimal emissions; however, currently these systems remain largely confined to military vessels. This research project undertakes computational modelling of possible reactor core designs for this application with a view to informing design decisions in terms of choices of fuel composition, materials, core geometry and layout. Computational modelling using appropriate reactor physics, thermal hydraulics etc. Codes are used for this project.


Syed Bahauddin Alam is currently a PhD candidate in Nuclear Engineering at 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. 

He has been awarded  Grant from "Ford of Britain Trust 2015" for his PhD Work. He was the recipient of  "1st Prize and Best Project 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 undergraduate level in Bangladesh.

His current research is to design the reactor core for marine propulsion system using Thorium/Uranium fuel. Generally, he is interested in Nuclear reactor design, thermal-hydraulics and operation and control in in-core fuel management of power reactor.analysis of Reduced-Moderation Water  Reactor (RMWR).