Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science


Nuclear Engineering

Major Professor

Arthur E. Ruggles

Committee Members

Lawrence W. Townsend, Ron E. Pevey


The hydrocyclone is commonly used to separate oil from water, and particulates from fluid streams in various process industries. Two-fluid hydrodynamic theory is used here to develop a model for hydrocyclone performance in the application of separation of helium bubbles larger than 30 micron in diameter from liquid mercury at system pressure near 1 bar. The application is related to high power liquid metal target development for proton beams used in spallation neutron sources.

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