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College of Engineering and Computing

Faculty and Staff

Leo Carrilho

Title: Adjunct Professor
Department: Mechanical Engineering
College of Engineering and Computing
Phone: 803-777-3082
Fax: 803-777-0106
Office: 300 Main Street
Room A224
Columbia, SC 29208
LinkedIn: My LinkedIn profile
Resources: Last Energy
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Dr. Leo Carrilho’s research and interests include modeling and simulation of processes and phenomena in structural and thermal-hydraulic design of PWR nuclear fuel and core components using FEA and CFD.


  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of South Carolina, 2012
  • M.S., Metallurgical Engineering, Fluminense Federal University, V. Redonda, Brazil, 2000
  • B.S., Metallurgical Engineering, Fluminense Federal University, V. Redonda, Brazil, 1987

Selected Publications

  • Conjugated Heat Transfer Model for Ribbed Surface Convection Enhancement and Solid Body Temperature Fluctuations. 9th International Symposium on Turbulence, Heat and Mass Transfer, THMT-18, Rio de Janeiro, 2018.
  • Experimental and Computational Study of Ribbed Cladding for PWR Rod Bundles Heat Transfer Enhancement. 16th International Topical Meeting on Nuclear Reactor Thermal Hydraulics, NURETH-16, Chicago, 2015.
  • Finite Element Modeling Applied to Nuclear Fuel Pellet Fabrication. 20th International Conference on Nuclear Engineering, ICONE20, Anaheim, 2012.
  • Two and Three-Dimensional Simulations of Enhanced Heat Transfer in Nuclear Fuel Rod Bundles. Proceedings of the ASME Summer Heat Transfer Conference, HT2009, California, USA, 2009.
  • A Modal Analysis Procedure for PWR Fuel Assemblies. 16th International Conference on Nuclear Engineering, ICONE16, Orlando, 2008.
  • Fuel Rod to Support Contact Optimization for the 16x16 Next Generation Fuel. 18th International Conference on Structural Mechanics in Reactor Technology, SMiRT18, Beijing, 2005.
  • Development of a Numerical Methodology for Determining the Fuel Assembly Natural Frequencies. XII National Meeting for Reactor Physics and Thermal-Hydraulic, ENFIR, Rio de Janeiro, 2000.

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