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Mechanical Engineering

Theodore M. Besmann

Professor and Smart State Chair

Besmann E-mail:
Phone: 803.777.9853
Fax: 803.777.0106
Office: 541 Main Street
Room 434
Columbia, SC 29208
Links: Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Besmann's research interests are related to thermochemical experiment and modeling for nuclear fuel development and in-reactor behavior, and development of advanced nuclear waste forms. This includes measurements of basic thermal properties, development of databases for use in fuel performance codes, and coupling of thermochemical models with other properties within the codes.


  • Ph.D., Nuclear Engineering, Pennsylvania State University, 1976
  • M.S., Nuclear Engineering, Iowa State University, 1971
  • B.E., Chemical Engineering, New York University, 1970

Selected Publications

  • J.W. McMurray, D. Shin, B.W. Slone, T.M. Besmann, “Thermodynamic reassessment of the U–Gd–O system,” J. Nucl. Mater., 452 (1-3), (2014) 397-406.
  • T.M. Besmann, M.K. Ferber, H.-T. Lin, B.P. Collin, "Fission product release and survivability of UN-kernel LWR TRISO fuel," J. Nucl. Mater., 448 (1–3), (2014) 412-419.
  • M.P. Short, D. Hussey, B.K. Kendrick, T.M. BesmannC.R. Stanek, S. Yip, "Multiphysics modeling of porous CRUD deposits in nuclear reactors," J. Nucl. Mater., 443 (2013) 579-587.
  • M. H. A. Piro, J. Banfield.,K. T. Clarno, S. Simunovic, T. M. Besmann,, B. J. Lewis, W. T. Thompson, "Coupled thermochemical, isotopic evolution and heat transfer simulations in highly irradiated UO2 nuclear fuel,” J. Nucl. Mater., 441 (2013) 240-251.
  • T. M. Besmann, "Computational Thermodynamics”, Konings R.J.M., (ed.) Comprehensive Nuclear Materials, volume 1, pp. 455-470 Amsterdam: Elsevier, 2012.