Mission of NERA

Nuclear Energy and Radiation Applications, NERA (Department of Radiation Science and Technology of the Faculty of Applied Sciences), is the only academic group in the Netherlands for research and education in nuclear energy.

Our research focuses on the analysis and development of nuclear reactors and fuel cycles that excel on safety and sustainability. Our dream is a nuclear reactor that is inherently safe, fully utilizes uranium and thorium, and produces no long-lived nuclear waste. This challenge is big but the reward would be huge. Every kilogram of the earths’ soil contains energy equivalent to burning 30 litres of gasoline. Nuclear energy could produce the worlds’ need of electricity for tens of thousands of years!

With our education we train young people in multiple disciplines, like reactor physics, radiation transport, thermal hydraulics, chemistry, and physics transport processes. Our bachelor and master research projects are always challenging and can be a mix of  theoretical, numerical and experimental work.


NERA research on the front cover of the Journal of Fluid Mechanics (vol 799). The picture is based on figure
3(a) of ‘Turbulence attenuation in simultaneously heated and cooled annular flows at supercritical pressure’,
by J. W. R. Peeters, R. Pecnik, M. Rohde, T. H. J. J. van der Hagen & B. J. Boersma



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