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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

Email: sba26@eng.cam.ac.uk

Personal website


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.

Selected Publications

 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).

Other positions

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.

During Syed's PhD study, he has been awarded "Best Student Paper Award" at the 2016 International Congress on Advances in Nuclear Power Plants (ICAPP 2016) in San Francisco, CA, USA. Furthermore, he has been awarded "Best Technical Poster Award" by "American Nuclear Society (ANS)" out of 677 papers in the 16th International Topical Meeting on Nuclear Reactor Thermal Hydraulics (NURETH-16)  for a part of his PhD work. 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 "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 the 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).