Ronald G. Ballinger

  • Professor Emeritus of Nuclear Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute, BSME, Feb. 1975
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, SM (Nucl. Eng.), Sept. 1977
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, SM (Mat. Sci.), Feb. 1978
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, ScD (Nucl. Mat. Eng.), Feb. 1982

Fracture, Fatigue, and Failure of Materials; Structural Materials

Ronald G. Ballinger

Research

Research Interests

  • Environmental effects on materials behavior
  • Electrochemistry
  • Corrosion
  • Advanced materials for fusion systems advanced statistical and experimental techniques for experimental analysis
  • Nuclear fuel performance analysis

Recent Professional Service

  • US Department of Energy Technical Assistance Group (TAG) for Disposition of N-Reactor Fuel
  • US Department of State Technical Advisory Committee on Conditioning of North Korean Reactor (DPRK) Fuel
  • US Department of Energy Technical Advisory Committee on Disposition of Savannah River Reactor Site Metallic Fuel
  • American Nuclear Society, Materials Science and Technology Division, Committee Member

Major Product Development

Responsible for the conception, development, and bringing to commercial acceptance of a super alloy, Alloy 908, for use in cryogenic magnet systems. This alloy was chosen as the sheath material for ITER (International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor).