NSTD, Heavy Liquid Metals Group

University of Nevada, Las Vegas


Heavy Liquid Metals

The group was established to support various efforts at UNLV to study heavy liquid metals (alloys of lead, such as Lead Bismuth Eutectic (LBE), murcury, etc.) for applications such as coolants, spallation targets, and others. UNLV professors Allen Johnson, John Farley, Yitung Chen, Jian Ma, Longzhou Ma, and Yingtao Jiang coordinate the Heavy Liquid Metal Group. Program initiatives include thermohydraulic studies, corrosion studies, and instrumentation of liquid metals. Facilities include the Target Circulation (TC-1) Loop, LBE Loop / Spallation Target, Lead Calibration Stand (LCS), High Temperature Materials Facility, X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS), Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM), Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM), X-Ray Diffraction (XRD), and other analytical facilities.

Current and Future Work

Current and future work includes studies of chemistry in high temperature alloys, electromagnetic pumps for liquid metals, flow meters for high temperature liquid metals, corrosion studies of structural materials in liquid metals, modeling of oxide layer growth, high temperature heat exchanger design and analysis, and generalized thermohydraulics of liquid metal systems.