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6/20/2018
Mohamed El-Genk Promoted to Rank of Distinguished Professor
5/11/2017
Mohamed El-Genk Selected to Recieve 2017 ASME Heat Transfer Memorial Award
5/5/2017
Benjamin Cowen, Phd Proposal Defense
11/10/2016
Patent awarded for UNM-ISNPS SLIMM Small Modular Reactor Concept
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Physical Location:
Ferris Engineering Center
Room 1120

Mailing Address:
Institute for Space & Nuclear Power Studies
MSC01-1120
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131

Phone: 505.277.5442
Fax: 505.277.5433

Online: Contact Form

Welcome to the Institute for Space and Nuclear Power Studies

Welcome to the Institute for Space and Nuclear Power Studies (ISNPS). ISNPS was founded in 1984 as a research and development organization within UNM's School of Engineering with a focus on space power and propulsion technologies and related fields. ISNPS offers educational and professional training and conducts research in many fields of space nuclear power and space systems technology in cooperation with UNM's Department of Nuclear Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Chemical and Biological Engineering.


Recent News


Founding Director

Dr. El-Genk

Mohamed El-Genk, Distinguished and Regents' Professor of Nuclear, Mechanical and Chemical and Biological Engineering and the Founding Director of the Institute for Space and Nuclear Power Studies has been named the recipient of the 2010 Donald Q. Kern Memorial Award by the Transport and Energy Process Division of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. This award given in honor of Donald Q. Kern, a pioneer in process heat transfer, is one of the most prestigious in the world in recognizing significant contributions to the fields of applied heat transfer or energy conversion or in the translation of research results into useful technological applications. Dr. El-Genk joined the recognized leaders in the field of heat transfer who received this award since 1974.

He has also been named named the recipient of the American Nuclear Society thermal-hydraulics Technical Achievement Award for 2015. The award is in recognition of his exceptional contributions to the understanding of terrestrial and space reactor thermal hydraulics phenomena and for his impact on the thermal hydraulics community as a researcher, educator, and leader.

Dr. El-Genk was named the recipient of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers 2017 Heat Transfer Memorial Award for his outstanding contributions to boiling enhancement; immersion cooling of electronics; forced, natural, and combined convection in rod bundles; heat pipes and thermosyphons; impinging and swirling jets heat transfer; thermal-hydraulics of nuclear reactors; and thermal management of space nuclear power systems.

Dr. El-Genk is a fellow of the American Nuclear Society, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and the International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety, and an associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He is a member of the Assembly of the International Heat Transfer Conference (IHTC), the Organizing, Steering and U.S. Scientific committees of the 2010 14th IHTC, and the Scientific Committee of the International Center for Heat and Mass Transfer.


Ph.D. Dissertation Defense Luis Palomino

On March 29 2019, Luis Palomino successfully defended his Ph.D. Dissertation titled "Neutronic and CFD-Thermal Hydraulic Analyses Of Very-Small, Long-Life, Modular (VSLLIM) Reactor," and fulfilled all the requirements for the Ph.D. degree in Nuclear Engineering at the University of New Mexico. Luis's Dissertation Committee Chair and Faculty Advisor is Dr. Mohamed S. El-Genk, Distinguished and Regents' Professor of Nuclear, Mechanical, and Chemical and Biological Engineering and Founding Director of the Institute for Space and Nuclear Power Studies. Other members of the Dissertation Committee are Dr. Anil Prinja, Distinguished Professor and Chair of Nuclear Engineering, Dr. Timothy Schriener, Research Assistant Professor of Nuclear Engineering, and Dr. Fernando Garzon, Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering. The dissertation research conducted neutronic and thermal-hydraulics analyses to investigate and quantify the passive operation and safety features of the Very-Small, Long-LIfe, and Modular (VSLLIM) nuclear reactor being developed at the Institute for Space and Nuclear Power Studies. The performed neutronics and fissile depletion analyses of the VSLLIM reactor using MCNP6 particle transport code confirmed that UN fuel enrichment of 13.76% is sufficient for achieving the hot-clean excess reactivity for operating VSLLIM reactor without refueling for ~92 and 5.8 full power years (FPY) at 1.0 and 10 MWth, respectively. The performed CFD-thermal-hydraulics analyses investigated the effects using metal fins along the outer surface of the guard vessel wall and changing the width of the cold air intake duct on the decay heat removal rate and the time after shutdown for cooling the in-vessel liquid sodium to 400 K. This research also performed CFD analyses to investigate the friction factor for laminar, transition, and turbulent flows in bare tube hexagonal bundles with flat and scalloped walls. The results of the CFD simulations and reported experimental data were used to develop a continuous correlation of the friction factor for bundles with flat walls with various numbers of tubes (7, 19, 37, and 61) in a triangular lattice with 1.07 < P/D < 2.416. The results also validated the applicability of the developed friction factor correlation to the VSLLIM reactor hexagonal bundles with scalloped walls. For more details and related publications, visit SLIMM Reactor Concept


New UNM-ISNPS DOE-NEUP Collaboration With Sandia National Laboratories


Mohamed El-Genk Promoted to Rank of Distinguished Professor

Mohamed S. El-Genk, Regents' Professor of nuclear engineering, mechanical engineering, and chemical and biological engineering and Founding Director of the Institute for Space and Nuclear Power Studies has been selected for the honor of being promoted to the rank of distinguished professor. UNM defines distinguished professors as those who have demonstrated outstanding achievements and are nationally and internationally renowned as scholars. This is the highest faculty title the university bestows, and only a handful of professors are honored with the rank each year.

UNM School of Engineering Press Release


El-Genk Receives 2017 ASME Heat Transfer Memorial Award

Mohamed S. El-Genk, Regents' Professor of Nuclear, Mechanical and Chemical & Biological Engineering and the founding Director of the Institute for Space and Nuclear Power Studies is selected to receive the American Society of Mechanical Engineers 2017 Heat Transfer Memorial Award. The award citation reads "for outstanding contributions to boiling enhancement; immersion cooling of electronics; forced, natural, and combined convection in rod bundles; heat pipes and thermosyphons; impinging and swirling jets heat transfer; thermal-hydraulics of nuclear reactors; and thermal management of space nuclear power systems." UNM Department of Nuclear Engineering Release


Patent awarded for UNM-ISNPS SLIMM Small Modular Reactor Concept

A US patent (Application US20160329113 A1) has been issued for UNM-ISNPS's SLIMM (Scalable LIquid Metal cooled small Modular) Reactor concept. SLIMM is a small modular reactor design cooled by the natural circulation of liquid sodium for thermal powers between 10-100 MWth with a long operation lifetime of ~66-6.3 full power years without refueling. The SLIMM concept has been under the development by UNM-ISNPS researchers for several years and has been the subject of many publications SLIMM Publications


Research Team

The ISNPS Group

The ISNPS group picture taken in February of 2012 outside of Farris Engineering. We currently consist of several graduate students and two faculty members. To view each person individually, you may view the faculty and student indices.

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