Faculty Advisor

Miraglia, Peter Quinn

Faculty Advisor

Thompson, Robert W.


An increased world energy demand coupled with decreasing sources of fossil fuels have sparked innovation in the energy industry throughout the past decade. Molten Salt Reactors (MSR) were studied in the 1960s and 70s at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in Tennessee, but research stopped on this nuclear technology for financial and technological reasons. This project revisited the ORNL design to create a steam generation system for WPI. A system including a primary heat exchanger and steam generator was designed to use ORNL’s reactor, meet WPI’s steam needs, and show the benefits of an MSR. This project will serve as a starting point for a cleaner, more efficient source of steam production at WPI, and will be a step-by-step guide for the design process.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

December 2014


Chemical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

Advisor Department

Chemical Engineering