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Dr Geoff Parks

Dr Geoff Parks

Reader in Nuclear Engineering

Geoff Parks is available for consultancy.


Office Phone: 01223 748553

Biography:

Dr Geoff Parks is a Reader in Nuclear Engineering in the Department of Engineering. He received his BA in Engineering from the University of Cambridge in 1984 and his PhD in Nuclear Engineering in 1989. He was subsequently elected to a Research Fellowship at Jesus College, Cambridge, and then became a Senior Research Associate at Cambridge University Engineering Department, funded by Nuclear Electric plc. He became a University Lecturer at the start of 1996. He was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2004 and became a Reader in October 2014.

Dr Parks heads the Computational Design Group in the Cambridge Engineering Design Centre, which researches into the application of advanced optimisation methods to difficult real-world problems in a wide variety of application areas including aerodynamic, nuclear and structural engineering, in the development and application of multiobjective optimisation methods, and in the effective exploitation and integration of optimisation methods within the Engineering Design process.

Dr Parks also heads a burgeoning Future Nuclear Systems group which focuses on the analysis and design of potential future nuclear reactor systems and fuel cycles, especially from the reactor physics, thermal-hydraulic and fuel management perspectives. The group a particular interest in the exploitation of thorium-based fuels both in current (Gen 3+) and future (e.g. accelerator-driven sub-critical reactor and molten salt reactor) power generation technologies. They are also interested in other applications of nuclear technology, for instance: civil marine propulsion, radioisotope generation, and space applications.

Dr Parks has supervised some 50 MEng, MPhil and PhD students and has over 200 publications to his name.

Research themes

Nuclear Energy:

Analysis and design of nuclear reactor systems

In-core nuclear fuel management optimisation

Engines and Turbines:

Simulation and optimisation of advanced cycles

Departments and Institutes

Department of Engineering:

Research Interests

Thorium-fuelled nuclear energy systems

Keywords

  • Nuclear Power

Key Publications

S.F. Ashley, B.A. Lindley, G.T. Parks, W.J. Nuttall, R. Gregg, K.W. Hesketh, U. Kannan, P.D. Krishnani, B. Singh, A. Thakur, M. Cowper and A. Talamo “Fuel Cycle Modelling of Open Cycle Thorium-Fuelled Nuclear Energy Systems”, Annals of Nuclear Energy, 69, 314–330 (2014)

B.A. Lindley, N.Z. Zainuddin, P. Ferroni, A. Hall, F. Franceschini and G.T. Parks “On the Use of Reduced-Moderation LWRs for Transuranic Isotope Burning in Thorium Fuel – Part I: Assembly Analysis”, Nuclear Technology, 185, 127–146 (2014)

B.A. Lindley, N.Z. Zainuddin, P. Ferroni, A. Hall, F. Franceschini and G.T. Parks “On the Use of Reduced-Moderation LWRs for Transuranic Isotope Burning in Thorium Fuel – Part II: Core Analysis”, Nuclear Technology, 185, 147–173 (2014)

B.A. Lindley, F. Franceschini and G.T. Parks “The Closed Thorium-Transuranic Fuel Cycle in Reduced-Moderation PWRs and BWRs”, Annals of Nuclear Energy, 63, 241–254 (2014)

A. Ahmad, S.J. Steer and G.T. Parks “A Preliminary Study of Target Multiplicity for ADSRs”, Energy Conversion and Management, 69, 181–190 (2013)

S.F. Ashley, G.T. Parks, W.J. Nuttall, C. Boxall and R.W. Grimes “Nuclear Energy: Thorium Fuel has Risks”, Nature, 491, 3133 (2012)

A. Ahmad, B.A. Lindley and G.T. Parks “Accelerator-induced Transients in Accelerator Driven Subcritical Reactors”, Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section A, 696, 55–65 (2012)

D.J. Coates and G.T. Parks “Safety Implications of Reactivity Variations in Fast Thorium ADSRs”, Annals of Nuclear Energy, 47, 115–123 (2012)

S.D. Eastham, D.J. Coates and G.T. Parks “A Novel Method for Rapid Comparative Quantitative Analysis of Nuclear Fuel Cycles”, Annals of Nuclear Energy, 42, 80–88 (2012)

D.J. Coates, B.A. Lindley and G.T. Parks “Actinide Breeding and Reactivity Variation in a Thermal Spectrum ADSR – Part 1: Development of a Lumped Thermal Reactor Model”, Annals of Nuclear Energy, 38, 2120–2131 (2011)

D.J. Coates and G.T. Parks “Actinide Breeding and Reactivity Variation in a Thermal Spectrum ADSR – Part 2: Enhanced Sustainability in the Thermal Spectrum”, Annals of Nuclear Energy, 38, 2132–2139 (2011)

T. Ghisu, G.T. Parks, J.P. Jarrett and P.J. Clarkson “Robust Aerodynamic Design Optimization of Gas Turbine Compression Systems”, Journal of Propulsion and Power, 27, 282–295 (2011)

D.J. Coates and G.T. Parks “Actinide Evolution and Equilibrium in Fast Thorium Reactors”, Annals of Nuclear Energy, 37, 1076–1088 (2010)

J.P.E. Cleeton, R.M. Kavanagh and G.T. Parks “Blade Cooling Optimisation in Humid-Air and Steam-Injected Gas Turbines”, Applied Thermal Engineering, 29, 3274–3283 (2009)

R.M. Kavanagh and G.T. Parks “A Systematic Comparison and Multi-objective Optimization of Humid Power Cycles: Part I – Thermodynamics”, ASME Journal of Engineering for Gas Turbines and Power, 131, 041701 (2009)

R.M. Kavanagh and G.T. Parks “A Systematic Comparison and Multi-objective Optimization of Humid Power Cycles: Part II – Economics”, ASME Journal of Engineering for Gas Turbines and Power, 131, 041702 (2009)

A. Herrera-Martínez, Y. Kadi and G.T. Parks “Transmutation of Nuclear Waste in Accelerator-Driven Systems: Thermal Spectrum”, Annals of Nuclear Energy, 34, 550-563 (2007)

A. Herrera-Martínez, Y. Kadi, G.T. Parks and M. Dahlfors “Transmutation of Nuclear Waste in Accelerator-Driven Systems: Fast Spectrum”, Annals of Nuclear Energy, 34, 564-578 (2007)