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Cynthia Adkins

Lead Scientist – Thermal Properties

Research Areas:
Nuclear; Nuclear Fuels; Materials Science and Engineering; Thermophysical Properties of Nuclear Fuel Materials

Biography:

Education:

M.S., Materials Science and Engineering, University of Florida, 2012

M.S., Engineering Management, Robert Morris University, 2006

B.S., Chemistry, Penn State University, 1995

Affiliations:

​American Nuclear Society member 2007 to present, Executive Committee Member, Materials Science and Technologies Division, 2012 to present

TMS: The Minerals, Metals, Materials Society, member 2012 to present

North American Thermal Analysis Society member, 1996 to 2006

Publications:
  1. Aitkaliyeva, A., Papesch, Cynthia A, et.al., "TEM Identification of Subsurface Phases in Ternary U-Pu-Zr Fuel", Journal of Nuclear Materials, vol. 473, May 2016, pp. 75-82.
  2. Aitkaliyeva, A., Papesch, Cynthia A, et.al., "TEM Examination of Phases Formed Between U-Pu-Zr Fuel and Fe", Journal of Nuclear Materials, vol. 467, part 2, December 2015, pp. 717-723
  3. Aitkaliyeva, A., Papesch, Cynthia A, et.al., "Characterization of Phases formed between U-Pu-Mo alloys and Fe-12Cr Cladding", Journal of Nuclear Materials, vol. 464, September 2014, pp. 28-35
  4. Moore, Donald T., Papesch, Cynthia A. (co-author), "In-Pile Irradiation Induced Defects and the Effect on Thermal Diffusivity of MgO", Journal of Nuclear Materials, vol. 434, no. 1-3, March 2013, pp. 90-96
  5. Burkes, Douglas E., Papesch, Cynthia A. (co-author), "Thermo-physical Properties of DU-10 wt.% Mo Alloys", Journal of Nuclear Materials, vol. 403, no. 1-3, August 2010, pp. 160-166
  6. Burkes, Douglas E., Papesch, Cynthia A. (co-author), "Phase Characteristics of a Number ofU-Pu-Am-Np-Zr Metallic Alloys for Use as Fast Reactor Fuels", Journal of Nuclear Materials, vol. 396, no. 1, January 2010, pp. 49-56
  7. Burkes, Douglas, E., Papesch, Cynthia A. (co-author), "Phase Characteristics of a U-20Pu-3Am-2Np-15Zr Metallic Alloy Containing Rare Earths", Journal of Alloys and Compounds, vol. 239, no. 12, December 2009, pp. 2747-2753
Research Interests:

Techniques used to characterize the relationship between microstructure and thermal conductivity of transuranic materials used for reactor fuel.  Particularly using differential scanning calorimetry techniques for measurement of phase transformation temperatures and pulse laser flash as well as photo reflectance methods to measure thermal conductivity on the 100 micron scale. 

Study of metallic fuel systems including thermal properties and microstructure with the goal to increase the basic science knowledge of mechanisms for thermal conductivity and thermodynamic behavior.

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