Research Focus

Department Nuclear Technology/Soft Computing


Nuclear power will be still a part of national power production until 2022. Ensuring system and reactor safety for the remaining runtime is one of the key topics of this department.

For more than 15 years, we have been working on nuclear safety research projects that mainly focus on the controllability of loss-of-coolant accidents. Both experimentally and simulatively, we contribute to this in proven cooperation with the Helmholtz Centre Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) and the TU Dresden.

Another core theme of the department is Soft Computing. While the Machine Learning branch is experiencing an overwhelming renaissance right now, the department already has longtime and extensive experience, among others with modeling and practical application of artificial neural networks and fuzzy logic.

Focus Areas

Nuclear safety research

  • assured sump intake, Loss-of-Coolant-Accidents with particle formation and release, methodical and experimental investigation of particle flows

System and reactor safety

  • safety and reliablility analysis of components and systems
  • modeling/simulation (model-based measurement methods, soft computing)
  • thermohydraulics

Soft computing, maschine learning

  • Fuzzy systems (Mamdani, Takagi-Sugeno-Kang)
  • Maschine learning: artificial neuronal networks (multilayer perceptron, self-organising map... )
  • Support-vector machines (SVM)

non-linear systems

  • genetic algorithms
  • fractal algorithms
  • multi-agent systems

Control engineering, process control

  • power and processing technology

Image processing

  • object recognition
  • tracking
  • optical quality control

Theoretical and experimental investigation

  • two-phase flows water/steam/gases

Simulation systems

  • simulation codes ATHLET, RELAP, CFD, COCOSYS
Foto: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Wolfgang Kästner
head of department
Prof. Dr.-Ing.
Wolfgang Kästner
Fakultät Elektrotechnik und Informatik
02763 Zittau
Theodor-Körner-Allee 8
Building Z IVc, Room C1.17
1. Obergeschoss
+49 3583 612-3580