Safety is the most important factor for the sustainable use of nuclear power. For this reason, nuclear safety is a common thread in education and research in the field of nuclear engineering.
The need for manpower in the nuclear industry is increasing due to new power plant projects. The field has a continuous need for professionals to control nuclear power plant reactors and generators, who can at the same time take into consideration and put into practice nuclear safety in all the subsystems of a nuclear plant.
Our most important field of research in the Nuclear Engineering Laboratory is in thermal hydraulics for nuclear power plants, but we also conduct research in reactor physics, especially in relation to fourth-generation reactors.
We conduct experimental work and computer analysis in thermal hydraulics together with LUT's Nuclear Safety Research Unit.
We also take part in the national Safety of Nuclear Power Plants – Finnish National Research Programme (SAFIR) together with power companies, VTT (Technical Research Centre of Finland), and the national Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority STUK. In addition, we are involved in an Academy of Finland research project, as well as a number of EU research projects.