John Gilligan

Distinguished University Professor of Nuclear Engineering, Executive Associate Dean of the College of Engineering, Director of the Nuclear Energy University Program (NEUP) Integration Office for the US Department of Energy

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  • Burlington Laboratory 2102

Nuclear fission and fusion systems. High power density plasmas. Plasma-material interactions. Engineering educational methods.

Education

Ph.D. 1977

Nuclear Engineering

University of Michigan

M.S. 1973

Nuclear Engineering

University of Michigan

B.S.E. 1971

Engineering Science

Purdue University

Research Description

Dr. Gilligan's research interests are in nuclear fission and fusion systems and high-power density plasmas and plasma-material interactions.

Publications

Surface ablation and melting of fusion materials simulated by transient high heat flux generated in an electothermal plasma source
Almousa, N. M., Gilligan, J. G., & Bourham, M. (2016), IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science, 44(9), 1642–1648.
Generalized scaling laws of plasma parameters in electrothermal plasma sources for fusion disruption erosion and hypervelocity launch applications
Gonzalez, P. P. V., Gilligan, J., Winfrey, L., & Bourham, M. A. (2015), IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science, 43(10), 3645–3652.
Scaling laws of bulk plasma parameters for a 1-D flow through a capillary with extended converging-diverging nozzle for simulated expansion into fusion reactor chamber
Majumdar, R., Gilligan, J., Winfrey, L., & Bourham, M. (2015), Journal of Fusion Energy, 34 (4), 905–910.
Supersonic flow patterns from electrothermal plasma source for simulated ablation and aerosol expansion following a fusion disruption
Majumdar, R., Gilligan, J. G., Winfrey, A. L., & Bourham, M. A. (2014), Journal of Fusion Energy, 33(1), 25–31.
Enhanced performance of electrothermal plasma sources as fusion pellet injection drivers and space based mini-thrusters via extension of a flattop discharge current
Winfrey, A. L., Abd Al-Halim, M. A., Saveliev, A. V., Gilligan, J. G., & Bourham, M. A. (2013), Journal of Fusion Energy, 32(3), 371–377.
A computational study of a capillary discharge pellet accelerator concept for magnetic fusion fueling
Winfrey, A. L., Gilligan, J. G., & Bourham, M. A. (2013), Journal of Fusion Energy, 32(2), 227–234.
A study of plasma parameters in a capillary discharge with calculations using ideal and nonideal plasma models for comparison with experiment
Winfrey, A. L., Abd Al-Halim, M. A., Gilligan, J. G., Saveliev, A. V., & Bourham, M. A. (2012), IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science, 40(3), 843–852.
Modeling of an ablation-free electrothermal plasma pellet accelerator
Winfrey, A. L., Abd Al-Halim, M., Gilligan, J. G., Saveliev, A. V., & Bourham, M. A. (2011), (Vol. 60, pp. 480–485).
A comparative study of different low-Z liner materials in an ablation-dominated electrothermal mass accelerator for fusion fueling
Winfrey, A. L., Gilligan, J. G., & Bourham, M. A. (2011),
Modeling of particulate production in the SIRENS plasma disruption simulator
Sharpe, J. P., Merrill, B. J., Petti, D. A., Bourham, M. A., & Gilligan, J. G. (2001), Journal of Nuclear Materials, 290(2001 Mar.), 1128–1133. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0022-3115(00)00550-X
Augmentation and control of burn rates in plasma devices
Bourham, M. A., & Gilligan, J. G. (1999), Report (National Institute of Standards and Technology (U.S.)), (1999 May 10).
Effects of vapor shield expansion on vapor shield effectiveness and plasma gun efficiency
Tucker, E., & Gilligan, J. (1998), Fusion Technology, 33(2), 118–129. https://doi.org/10.13182/FST98-A22
Generation and characterization of carbon particulate in disruption simulations
Sharpe, J. P., Bourham, M. A., & Gilligan, J. G. (1998), Fusion Technology, 34(3), 634–639.
Analysis of solid propellant combustion behavior under electrothermal plasma injection for ETC launchers
Bourham, M. A., Gilligan, J. G., & Oberle, W. F. (1997), IEEE Transactions on Magnetics, 33(1 pt.1), 278–283. https://doi.org/10.1109/20.559969
Model of turbulent mixing of species, momentum, and energy in a vapor shield plasma
Tucker, E., & Gilligan, J. (1997), Fusion Technology, 32(2), 253–262. https://doi.org/10.13182/FST97-A19895

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Grants

Joint Appointment Agreement Between INL/BEA and NC State University for NEUP Program - Dr. John Gilligan
US Dept. of Energy (DOE)(8/30/17 - 9/30/19)
Release No. 00001/ Nuclear Energy University Program (NEUP) Integration Office Program Assistant
US Dept. of Energy (DOE)(10/01/17 - 9/30/18)
Nuclear Energy University Program (NEUP) Integration Office Program Assistant
US Dept. of Energy (DOE)(10/01/14 - 9/30/17)
Consortium for Advanced Simulations for Light Water Reactors (CASL) - Oak Ridge National laboratory
US Dept. of Energy (DOE)(11/30/-1 - 9/30/19)
Nuclear Energy University Program (NEUP) Integration Office Program Assistant
US Dept. of Energy (DOE)(3/03/10 - 9/30/14)
AGEP COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH TRAINING: NORTH CAROLINA ALLIANCE TO CREATE OPPORTUNITY THROUGH EDUCATION
National Science Foundation (NSF)(3/01/05 - 2/28/13)
Joint Faculty appointment-Oak Ridge National Laboratory/NCSU
US Dept. of Energy (DOE)(8/16/01 - 9/30/12)