Adrien Couet

Assistant Professor

Engineering Physics

College of Engineering

Adrien Couet's research includes the study of materials for nuclear reactors and power plants that will be able to withstand the demanding pressures of an aggressive environment. Couet studies how materials, their environment, and the stresses with which they come into contact, tend to couple in ways that are less than fortuitous for the maintenance and safety of a nuclear power plant. A large part of his research focuses on a corrosion model he has been developing for more than six years, called C4 (coupled current charged composition). The model is predictive in nature, and allows engineers to screen and diagnose certain materials based on their strengths. He works specifically with fuel cladding, the first barrier that stands between uranium fuel and its environment within a nuclear reactor. C4 helps gauge which materials would work best for fuel cladding, as an alternative to a trial-and-error process, which is more costly and less efficient.

  • Nuclear Materials
  • Irradiation Damage
  • Corrosion of Metals and Alloys
  • Oxidation Model
  • Electrochemistry
  • Synchrotron Radiation
  • Defect Transport in Oxides