Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya

The Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya • BarcelonaTech (UPC) is a public institution dedicated to higher education and research, specialised in the fields of engineering, architecture and science. There are four main research instituts, among which The Institute of Energy Technologies (INTE).  The main functions of INTE are scientific research and technology transfer, organised in four research programmes which include fields of specialisation related to ionising radiation, technologies of production of hydrogen and development of materials for energy applications, thermalhydraulics, neutron physics and particle accelerators. The group participating in the project, from the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, is expert in modelling the behaviour at atomic level of materials. In particular, defects produced during irradiation or plastic deformation. The group participates in PERFECT (FI6O-CT-2003-508840) and PERFORM 60 (SP5- Euratom: 232612). Results from both projects can be used as fitting data or initial hypothesis for the new project.

Role in the project

The contribution of UPC in the project is the study of atomic level processes associated to the diffusion, precipitation and interaction of alloying elements with point defect clusters, dislocations and grain boundaries in RPV steels.  The expertise of the researchers of the team fits exactly to the research work of the project based on the modelling at atomic level.

Personnel involved

Anna Serra, Professor, Ph.D. in physics, 1982, University of Barcelona
Primary responsible for carrying out the proposed research at UPC. Department: Civil and Environmental Engineering (DECA) Over 100 peer reviewed publications in journals and conference proceedings. Coordinator of over 10 national projects and main researcher of UPC in 5 EC projects, including PERFECT and PERFORM 60. Areas of research activity: Atomic level processes at interfaces: twin and grain boundaries.  Computer simulation of point defects, clusters, stacking faults, dislocations, grain/twin boundaries. Defect interactions and microstructure evolution. Diffusion in metals and alloys. 
Anna Serra
Napoleon Anento, Assistant Professor, PhD in Physics, 2001, University of Barcelona.
Expert in atomic simulation of liquids and solids. Over 10 years of experience in the simulation of radiation induced defects. Recruited as postdoc in PERFECT he's been responsible for the computing management in PERFORM60.
Napoleon Anento

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