On July 8, 2019 Shafik Iskander, P.E. will discuss” Fracture mechanics analysis of irradiated reactor pressure vessels.” (PDH)
One of the problems in dealing with nuclear fission in a nuclear reactor is the radiation. Radiation is absorbed in the steel reactor vessel and it is not benign. The steel changes! And the cost is substantial if the steel weakens and the reactor has to shut down.
Dr. Iskander has spent a lifetime studying materials and nuclear energy and this is an opportunity to learn about a critical question that is important to everyone from an expert.
His resume is below:
Graduated from Cairo University ,Egypt, with a B.Mech.Eng (1956) and M.Sc. in Material Science (1967). He emigrated to the USA in 1968 and while pursuing a doctoral program in Engineering Mechanics at University of Tennessee, Knoxville, was a full-time instuctor.
He received his Ph.D. in 1972, joined Computer Science Division at ORNL, and continued as an Adjunct Professor at UT. He was Group Leader of the Engineering Mechanics Group, and developed computer codes still in use. In 1982 he began a 4-year assignment as Resident Engineer for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (USNRC) in Stuttgart, Germany. He acted as liaison between USNRC and the nuclear community and traveled to many European countries. On his return from Germany, he joined the Metals & Ceramics Division at ORNL, and traveled to many countries including Russia and Japan. At the request of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Iskander traveled twice to Argentina to lecture on reactor pressure vessels. Iskander is a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Tennessee and is fluent in German, French and Arabic. After leaving ORNL he founded a consulting firm.Â
He has been there!