High Throughput Computational Platform for Predictive Modeling of Thermochemical and Thermophysical Properties of Fluoride Molten Salts

Project: Research project

Project Details


The proposed research aims to (i) understand critical salt characteristics of fluoride molten salts such as atomic structure, melting points, heat capacity, free energy of potential corrosion reactions, solubility of fission, and corrosion products in a model system of F-(K-Li-Na)-(Cr-Ni)-(Pu-U) by means of the density functional theory (DFT) based molecular dynamics (MD) simulations and advanced experiments; (ii) predict and optimize critical salt characteristics using thermodynamic database created by high throughput (H-T) thermodynamic modeling with validation and refinement by key experiments; (iii) develop an opensource H-T computational platform with an automated process from DFT-based first-principles calculations, DFT-based MD simulations, machine learning (ML) predictions, to CALPHAD (CALculations of PHAse Diagrams) modeling of thermodynamic properties; and (iv) provide a publicly accessible H-T computational platform with Python-based open-source codes and thermodynamic models that has a capability to integrate both experimental and computational data for continued advancement in understanding complex molten salt systems. Considerable simulations are required to create a valid thermodynamic description for the present F- (K-Li-Na)-(Cr-Ni)-(Pu-U) system, calling for efficient CALPHAD modeling with extensive data as input. To address this issue, the proposed project will employ and develop an open-source high throughput computational platform with automated high throughput calculations from DFT and ML predictions to CALPHAD modeled database. The use of open source codes in the fast-growing Python programming language for high throughput approaches will enable efficient dissemination and transfer of the developed knowledge and computational tools for molten salt research community and beyond. The model predictions of molten salt properties will be validated through targeted electrochemical and thermal measurements. The newly created high throughput approaches, open source codes, and public-accessible data will (i) support the goal of US industries to commercialize MSR technologies and (ii) educate and t
Effective start/end date1/1/20 → …


  • Nuclear Energy University Program: $400,000.00


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