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

Energy; Fracture, Fatigue, and Failure of Materials; Structural Materials

Ronald G. Ballinger


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).

Recent News

BP announced research plans with MIT and University of Manchester

BP is supporting a new program on materials and corrosion research, as it applies to oilfield applications. The initial investment from BP has been $2 million, with the company intending to match this for up to a further four years. The MIT team includes Profs. Ron Ballinger, Michael Demkowicz,…