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Claude Reed

Department of Engineering
Argonne National Laboratory
United States of America


In his 40 years at Argonne, Dr. Reed has led several major and widely diverse technical areas of R&D, including liquid metal MHD (LMMHD) and free-surface LMMHD for fusion applications, liquid lithium “windowless” targets and strippers for the Rare Isotope Accelerator (RIA) applications, materials and corrosion, high-power laser material processing (e.g. laser welding of refractory metal alloys, laser surface treatments and coatings, and laser drilling of rocks), and a NASA Space Power design project. He is the primary subject matter expert for mechanical and EM pump technology for the resurgent sodium fast reactor work at Argonne. He has written more than 100 publications and reports. Today, he is recognized as Argonne’s expert on both sodium and lithium alkali metal systems, including engineering, handling, materials compatibility issues, and safety; having written the book chapter “Lithium Safety and Material Compatibility” in Lithium: Technology, Performance and Safety. He also wrote the “Convective Heat Transfer in Liquid Metals” chapter in Handbook of Single Phase Convective Heat Transfer; generally considered the standard handbook in this area.

Research Interest

Mechanical Engineering and Nuclear Engineering


  • Claude B. Reed (invited), “Laser Rock Drilling R&D at ANL,” The Gavriel Salvendy Second International Symposium on Frontiers in Industrial Engineering “Laser and Photonic Systems and Innovations for Better Quality of Life” May 4-5, 2012 – Purdue University

  • Claude B. Reed, James L. Bailey, James J. Sienicki, Yoichi Momozaki and David B. Chojnowski, “Progress Report on Design and Assembly of Fundamental Sodium Drain and Fill Experiments,” ANL-ARC-238, Argonne National Laboratory, August 31, 2012.

  • Claude B. Reed, James J. Sienicki, Yoichi Momozaki, James J. Grudzinski, and David B. Chojnowski, “Progress Report on Initial Fundamental Sodium Freezing and Melting Experiments,” ANL-ARC-243, Argonne National Laboratory, September 30, 2012.

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