Dr. Charles Patterson

Fuel Material


Dr. Charles Patterson retired from Global Nuclear Fuel in 2008 as a Consulting Engineer for Fuel Engineering. During 44 years with GE Nuclear Energy/GNF, he was actively engaged in the development of fuel manufacturing processes, fuel materials, thermal-mechanical and fuel performance models and in the improvement of fuel reliability. This activity involved irradiation and hot cell Programs in Asia, Europe and the United States to identify in-core material behaviour, validate analytic models and improve fuel reliability. Chuck holds patents in the areas of fuel and cladding materials, fuel assembly design and fuel inspection technology.

Dr. Patterson has particular interest and experience in the thermal and mechanical behaviour of fuel, cladding and structural materials, the development of analytic models to describe their behaviour and in the improvement of fuel reliability.