Benjamin Beeler

Assistant Professor of Nuclear Engineering, Joint Faculty Appointment with INL

Dr. Beeler received his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Nuclear and Radiological Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He was a post-doctoral researcher jointly at the University of California, Davis and the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to joining the NC State faculty, he was a computational scientist in the Computational Microstructure Science group in the Fuels Modeling and Simulation department at Idaho National Laboratory. He is the current lead of the Microstructure Fuel Performance Modeling working group for the United Stated High Performance Research Reactor program.

Education

Ph.D. 2013

Nuclear and Radiological Engineering

Georgia Institute of Technology

M.S. 2011

Nuclear and Radiological Engineering

Georgia Institute of Technology

B.S. 2008

Nuclear and Radiological Engineering

Georgia Institute of Technology

Research Description

His professional interests are atomistic description and evolution of nuclear fuel and structural materials. He has extensive experience on interatomic potential development, particularly related to uranium and uranium-alloys. He has studied a number of phenomena in nuclear materials including radiation damage, effects of strain on point defects, diffusion, free surface and grain boundary properties, fission gas bubbles, thermal transport and optical properties. His research has primarily utilized density functional theory, molecular dynamics and phase-field methods.

Publications

Ab initio molecular dynamics investigation of point defects in gamma-U
Beeler, B., Andersson, D., Jiang, C., & Zhang, Y. (2021), JOURNAL OF NUCLEAR MATERIALS, 545, 152714. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jnucmat.2020.152714
An atomistic study of defect energetics and diffusion with respect to composition and temperature in gamma U and gamma U-Mo alloys
Park, G., Beeler, B., & Okuniewski, M. A. (2021), JOURNAL OF NUCLEAR MATERIALS, 552, 152970. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jnucmat.2021.152970
Determination of Thermal Expansion, Defect Formation Energy, and Defect-Induced Strain of alpha-U Via ab Initio Molecular Dynamics
Beeler, B., Mahbuba, K., Wang, Y., & Jokisaari, A. (2021), FRONTIERS IN MATERIALS, 6. https://doi.org/10.3389/fmats.2021.661387
Evaluation of the anisotropic grain boundaries and surfaces of alpha-U via molecular dynamics
Mahbuba, K., Beeler, B., & Jokisaari, A. (2021), JOURNAL OF NUCLEAR MATERIALS, 554, 153072. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jnucmat.2021.153072
Gas Bubble Evolution in Polycrystalline UMo Fuels Under Elastic-Plastic Deformation: A Phase-Field Model With Crystal-Plasticity
Hu, S., & Beeler, B. (2021), FRONTIERS IN MATERIALS, 6. https://doi.org/10.3389/fmats.2021.682667
Improvement of the BISON U3Si2 modeling capabilities based on multiscale developments to modeling fission gas behavior
Gamble, K. A., Pastore, G., Cooper, M. W. D., Andersson, D. A., Matthews, C., Beeler, B., … Pizzocri, D. (2021), JOURNAL OF NUCLEAR MATERIALS, 11. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jnucmat.2021.153097
Irradiation-enhanced diffusion and diffusion-limited creep in U3Si2
Cooper, M. W. D., Gamble, K. A., Capolungo, L., Matthews, C., Andersson, D. A., Beeler, B., … Metzger, K. (2021), JOURNAL OF NUCLEAR MATERIALS, 11. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jnucmat.2021.153129
Radiation driven diffusion in γU-Mo
Beeler, B., Cooper, M. W. D., Mei, Z.-G., Schwen, D., & Zhang, Y. (2021), Journal of Nuclear Materials, 543, 152568. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jnucmat.2020.152568
A improved equation of state for Xe gas bubbles in gamma U-Mo fuels
Beeler, B., Hu, S., Zhang, Y., & Gao, Y. (2020), JOURNAL OF NUCLEAR MATERIALS, 530. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jnucmat.2019.151961
Atomistic calculations of the surface energy as a function of composition and temperature in gamma U-Zr to inform fuel performance modeling
Beeler, B., Casagranda, A., Aagesen, L., Zhang, Y., & Novascone, S. (2020), JOURNAL OF NUCLEAR MATERIALS, 540. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jnucmat.2020.152271

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Grants

Modeling and Characterization of α-uranium to Accelerate Metallic Fuels Development
US Dept. of Energy (DOE)(1/21/20 - 9/30/21)
Radiation Enhanced Diffusion in UMo
US Dept. of Energy (DOE)(2/07/20 - 9/30/22)
Ab Initio Modeling of Molten Salts
US Dept. of Energy (DOE)(3/09/20 - 9/30/21)