Nuclear Engineering ETDs

Publication Date

Winter 1-28-2019


Renewed interest in molten salt reactor technology has brought to light the need for a better understanding of FLiBe corrosion. To this end a flowing FLiBe corrosion test loop was designed to test the flow effects of FLiBe corrosion. The loop consists of a pump, melt tank, and stainless-steel tubing assembly that heats the molten salt to high temperatures and circulates it over test specimens. The experiment has been constructed and has completed initial shakedown testing.

To support the flowing FLiBe experiment, a numerical corrosion model that couples FLiBe electrochemistry, solid metal diffusion, and mass transport was implemented. The model has been successfully validated, and initial results indicate that the addition of nickel protective layers to structural metal will greatly reduce FLiBe corrosion.


FLiBe, corrosion, flow accelerated, numerical model, test loop, electrochemistry

Document Type




Degree Name

Nuclear Engineering

Level of Degree


Department Name

Nuclear Engineering

First Committee Member (Chair)

Youho Lee

Second Committee Member

Anil Prinja

Third Committee Member

Amir Ali