Duarte, Juliana 109×140

Department of Mechanical Engineering
Blacksburg, VA 24061
540-231-7388

Juliana Pacheco Duarte, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Strong candidates with B.S. and/or M.S. in engineering or related areas are encouraged to apply! B.S. and/or M.S. degrees in Nuclear Engineering are preferred.


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HEATS Mission:
To develop high-quality research to improve the safety, security, and economic features of the next generation of nuclear reactors.


HEATS Strategy:
Combine the use of advanced instrumentation techniques and data analysis to better understanding thermal-hydraulic phenomena, such as critical heat flux, post-CHF, minimum film boiling temperature, condensation, and boiling.
Apply statistical tools in the data analysis to quantify uncertainties.
Combine computational and experimental analysis in the learning process of new phenomena.


Lab capabilities:
In progress…


Research tools:
Thermal-hydraulic system code: TRACE/SNAP (NRC)
Subchannel analysis: COBRA-TF (CASL)
Statistic software: OriginPro, Statistica
Others: Mathematica, Matlab, Fortran, C/C++, Python, Labview.
We also work in collaboration with research groups using MELCOR and CFD tools.


Research Ethics:
We believe the true impact of research work can only be achieved with reliable data and impartial reports.


HEATS Lab Diversity Statement:
Freedom and equality are fundamental values of a society. In building an egalitarian society, it is essential to achieve substantive equality, which is related to social inclusion, affirmative actions, the promotion of equal opportunities and respect for differences. We believe that an inclusive university community is one that is based on diversity among people, cultures, and perspectives, valuing differences and ensuring equal opportunities.

    Laboratory address:

    Department of Mechanical Engineering
    302 Goodwin Hall
    College of Engineering, Virginia Tech
    635 Prices Fork Road, Blacksburg, VA 24061