Faculty Profile

Roy A Axford

Roy A Axford
Roy A Axford

Primary Research Area

  • Nuclear Power

Education

  • ScD, Nuclear Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, February 1958
  • SM, Nuclear Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, June 1955
  • SB, General Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, June 1952
  • BA, Physics, Williams College, June 1952

Academic Positions

  • Professor of Nuclear Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, - 1968 - present
  • Associate Professor of Nuclear Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1966-1968
  • Associate Professor of Nuclear Engineering, Northwestern University, 1963-1966.
  • Professor of Nuclear Engineering, Texas A & M University, 1962-1963.
  • Associate Professor of Nuclear Engineering, Texas A & M University, 1960-1962.

Other Professional Employment

  • Supervisor, Theoretical Physics Group, Research Department, Atomics International, a Division of North American Aviation, Inc., Canoga Park, California, November 1958 to April 1960.
  • Nuclear Engineer, Technical Research Group, Inc., New York, New York, February 1958 to November 1, 1958.

Major Consulting Activities

  • Advisory Editor, Nuclear Science and Engineering, 1989-1997
  • Member, External Advisory Board, Defense Research Review, 1986-2004
  • X-Division Panel for Review of Nuclear Weapons and Inertial Confinement Fusion Codes, 1980, (Classified)
  • Chairman, Albino Consultants Panel, 1977, (Classified)
  • Consultant - Los Alamos National Laboratory, X-Division, Theoretical and Computational Physics, 1963 to present

Research Interests

  • Mathematical Systems Theory
  • Hydrodynamic Stability
  • Optimal Nuclear Fuel Management
  • Optimal Synthesis of Reactor Physics and Reactor Thermal Design
  • Nuclear Reactor Thermal Analysis
  • Thermal and Fast Reactor Physics
  • Application of the Lie Theory of Local Transformation Groups to the Solution of Linear and Nonlinear Systems of Differential Equations that arise in Engineering Science, Theoretical Physics and Applied Mathematics

Chapters in Books

  • "Summary of Theoretical Aspects of Heat Transfer Performance in Clustered Rod Geometries," one of five invited chapters which appear in the ASME Symposium Book entitled, "Heat Transfer in Rod Bundles," 70-103 (December, 1968). (A summary of this invited paper was also presented orally at the Winter Annual Meeting of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, New York, December, 1968).

Selected Articles in Journals

  • Ramsey, S. D. and R. A. Axford, "A Sensitivity Analysis of Nuclear Assembly Extinction Probabilities: Application to Reevaluated Fission Multiplicity Data," Nuclear Sci and Engineering, v 166, n 1, p 48-57 (2010).
  • Ramsey, S. D., Axford, R. A. and G. J. Hutchens, "A Semianalytical Analysis of Transient Supercritical Assembly Extinction Probabilities," Nuclear Sci and Engineering, v 166, n 1, p 73-81 (2010)
  • Axford, R. A., Short, S., Shchupak, P. and M. Nasir, "Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) Earth Terminal Interoperability Demonstrations," Proceedings - IEEE Military Communications Conference MILCOM - MILCOM 2008 - Assuring Mission Success (2008)
  • Axford, R.A., ￿Notes on Methods for Deriving Green￿s Functions for the Klein-Gordon Operator,￿ DOE Research and Development Report, LA-14164, 1-44, U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Springfield, Virginia (2004).
  • Axford, R.A., ￿Solutions of the NoH Problem for Various Equations of State Using Lie Groups,￿ Laser and Particle Beams, 18, 93-100 (2000).

Articles in Conference Proceedings

  • Axford, R.A., ￿Lie Group Symmetry Properties of the Besnard-Harlow-Rawenzahn-Zemach Spectral Turbulence Transport Model,￿ Proc. JOWOG Conf., (Los Alamos, NM, July, 1996), 1-14 (1996).
  • Axford, R.A., ￿Group Theory of Invariant Flux and Slope Limiters,￿ Proc. NECDC Conf., 1-14 (San Diego, CA, October, 1996).

Reports

  • Axford, R.A. "Two-Dimensional Diverging Shocks in a Non-Uniform Medium," DOE Research and Development Report, LA-13498, 1-8, U. S. Dept. of Commerce, Springfield, Virginia (1998).
  • Axford, R.A., "Solutions of the NOH Problem for Various Equations of State Using LIE Groups," DOE Research and Development Report, LA-13497, 1-17, U. S. Dept. of Commerce, Springfield, Virginia (1998).
  • Axford, R.A., "Construction of Difference Equations Using LIE Groups," DOE Research and Development Report, LA-13499, 1-71, U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Springfield, Virginia (1998).

Journal Editorships

  • Member, External Advisory Board, Defense Research Review, 1986-2004
  • Advisory Editor, Nuclear Science and Engineering, 1989-1997

Professional Societies

  • Program Committee of Mathematics and Computation Division, 1980-1990
  • American Nuclear Society - Member
  • American Institute of Aero. & Astronautics - Member
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers ￿ Life Member

Service on University Committees

  • Member of Dean W. Schowalter's Forward Planning Committee, 1993-1997

Service on Department Committees

  • Secretary for the Nuclear Engineering Executive Committee and Chairman for the Nuclear Engineering Committees that follow:
  • Nuclear Engineering Affirmative Action Officer, 1984-87, 1991-present
  • Nuclear Engineering Faculty and T.A. Development
  • Nuclear Engineering Admissions Committee and Honors & Awards Committee
  • Nuclear Engineering Advisory Committee

Service on College Committees

  • College of Engineering Engr.-Math Liaison Committee, Chairman, 1993-1996, 1999-2001
  • College of Engineering Coop Advisory Committee
  • College of Engineering Honors Council, Chairman, 1992-1996
  • College of Engineering Executive Committee, 1997-2003

Honors

  • Sigma Xi; Tau Beta Pi; Phi Kappa Phi
  • Recipient of First Doctorate in Nuclear Engineering awarded by M.I.T.

Teaching Honors

  • University of Illinois Graduate and Professional Teaching Award (April, 2011)
  • Illinois Student Senate Teaching Excellence Award (February, 2011)
  • Recipient, College of Engineering Teaching Excellence Award (May 3, 2010)
  • Recipient, Campus Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching (April 27, 2010)
  • Recipient, Rose Award for Teaching Excellence, College of Engineering, University of Illinois (April 25, 2008)
  • Recipient, Student Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, College of Engineering, University of Illinois (April 23, 2004)
  • Recipient, ANS Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award (1990, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2002, 2008)
  • Recipient, Everitt Award for Teaching Excellence, College of Engineering, University of Illinois (April 26, 1985)
  • Recipient, Finalist, Certificate of Recognition, Campus Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, University of Illinois (May 6, 1981)
  • Recipient, Finalist, Certificate of Recognition, Campus Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, University of Illinois (May 2, 1979)

Research Honors

  • Recipient, Graduate College Outstanding Mentor Award, University of Illinois (April 26, 2004)
  • Recipient, Distinguished Faculty Membership, Alpha Nu Sigma Society, ANS (June 2, 1991)