The DST/NRF SARChI Research Chair in Nuclear Engineering

The aim of the DST/NRF SARChI Research Chair was to do world-class research and contribute to the training of highly qualified nuclear engineers, scientists and technologists to serve the needs of South Africa. The main emphasis was on the new generation of light water reactors and high temperature gas-cooled reactors with improved safety and efficiency features.

The team focused on the computer modelling of the neutron behaviour, heat transfer and fluid flow of the reactors and the associated systems. The chair collaborated closely with international and national partners such as the Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, the Nuclear Energy Company of South Africa and the National Nuclear Regulator. Members of the chair were also involved in a research programme under the auspices of the International Atomic Energy Agency.

The research outputs of the chair published in journals and presented at conferences enjoy wide-spread international recognition. The chair also made valuable contributions regarding the ongoing debate on nuclear energy in South Africa. The Chair was linked to the Unit for Energy and Technology Systems (UETS), one of the Research Entities in the Faculty of Engineering.