Brian J Ade

R&D Staff

Brian Ade is a R&D staff researcher within the Reactor and Nuclear Systems Division of Oak Ridge National Laboratory specializing in reactor physics analyses. He is currently leading neutronic core design and analysis for the Transformational Challenge Reactor (TCR) program at ORNL. The TCR program is utilizing additive manufacturing (3D printing) for critical core components, and though this, aims to provide a revolutionary platform to dramatically reduce the deployment costs and timelines of nuclear energy systems. The program is integrating digital platforms for manufacturing, design, and qualification to enable rapid nuclear innovation.

He is also currently leading a project supporting development and demonstration of MPACT (2D/1D deterministic neutron transport code) to advance the current state of the art for modeling graphite-moderated gas-cooled reactors, as well as heavy-water moderated reactors. These two types of reactors are commonly used for plutonium production and modeling these systems suffers from limited R&D related to advanced modeling and simulation techniques. This effort includes integration of thermal solvers to accurately model fuel, clad, coolant, and moderator temperatures.

He also advising the development and integration of the Shift Monte Carlo framework into the SCALE code system with a special focus on using Shift to generate nodal data for core simulators. Other previous research topics while at ORNL include: boiling water reactor burnup credit, BWR and PWR lattice physics applications, development of ORIGEN reactor libraries, usage of thorium in LWRs, nuclear nonproliferation, and a variety of nuclear security topics.

Prior to joining ORNL, he worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory as a student employee on a variety of topics including space reactor design, gas-cooled reactor research, and nuclear data. He earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in 2007 and 2010 in Nuclear Engineering from Purdue University.