Michael R. Tonks

I am a computational materials scientist specializing in predicting the coevolution of microstructure and physical properties within materials in harsh environments. At the University of Florida, I lead a research group in this area. I am the creator of the NEAMS-sponsored MARMOT mesoscale fuel performance code. I am also a major user of the MOOSE framework and contributor to the MOOSE phase field and tensor mechanics modules. My current Research Interests include: evaluation of accident tolerant fuel concepts; simulation of sintering and densification; mesoscale modeling of fracture; nuclear thermal propulsion; ablative thermal protection systems.

Sintering And Densification In Nuclear Power

Like most power plants, nuclear power plants heat water to generate electricity. But nuclear power plants use heat from splitting atoms rather than burning fossil fuels. Thus, they provide energy without significant carbon emissions. However, nuclear power is facing economic […]