Mohaghegh is Chief Scientific Investigator and a representative of the United States in the coordinated research project, “Methodology for Assessing Pipe Failure Rates in Advanced Water Cooled Reactors.” The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which assists research for peaceful uses of nuclear energy and the development of practical applications throughout the world, is sponsoring the project.
This IAEA team brings together experts from academia, industry, and regulatory agencies from eight countries, including Canada, Germany, Korea, Lithuania, Malaysia, Russia, Tunisia, and the United States. The four-year project’s objective is to develop new methodologies to estimate pipe failure rates in advanced water cooled reactors for improved safety designs.
Mohaghegh and Justin Pence, an NPRE graduate research assistant, recently attended the project’s first meeting held June 12-14, 2018, in Vienna, Austria. Mohaghegh and Pence introduced SoTeRiA Laboratory’s proposed methodology on the prediction of pipe failure rates, discussed future plans for the projects, and helped to establish a unified plan for the four-year scope of the project.