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College of Engineering and Computing

Faculty and Staff

Theodore  M. Besmann

Title: Professor and Smart State Chair, Mechanical Engineering
College of Engineering and Computing
Website: General Atomics Center
Phone: 803-777-9853
Fax: 803-777-0106
Resources: Curriculum Vitae[pdf]


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

  • State-of-the-Art Report on Multi-scale Modelling of Nuclear Fuels, OECD Nuclear Energy Agency, NEA/NSC/R/(2015)5.  T. M. Besmann, ed. 380 pages.

  • J.W. McMurray, S.L. Voit, T.M. Besmann, “A Combined Experimental and Computational Thermodynamic Investigation of the U–Th–O System,” J. Am. Ceram. Soc. (2016) DOI:  10.1111/jace.14180.

  • S. M. Lee, T. W. Knight, J. W. McMurray, T. M. Besmann, “Measurement of the oxygen partial pressure and thermodynamic modeling of the U-Nd-O system,” J. Nucl. Mater., 473 (2016) 272-282.

  • J.W. McMurray, S. Hirooka, T. Murakami, K. Suzuki, J.T. White, S.L. Voit,

  • A.T. Nelson, B.W. Slone, T.M. Besmann, K.J. McClellan, M. Kato, “Thermodynamic assessment of the oxygen rich U-Ce-O system,” J. Nucl. Mater., 467 (2015) 588–600.

  • J.W. McMurray, D. Shin, T.M. Besmann, “Thermodynamic assessment of the U–La–O system,” J. Nucl. Mater., 456 (2015) 142–150.

  • C. M. Silva, T. B. Lindemer, S. R. Voit , R. D. Hunt, T. M. Besmann, K. A. Terrani, L. L. Snead, “Characteristics of uranium carbonitride microparticles synthesized using different reaction conditions,” J. Nucl. Mater., 454 (2014) 405–412.

  • 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.