First results of safety analysis for ADTs with CERCEZR and CERMET fuels within EUROTRANS-AFTRA project

Werner Maschek, Xu Cheng, Claudia Matzerath Boccaccini, Andrei Rineiski, Vitaly Sobolev, Peter Smith, Roger Thetford, Janne Wallenius, Fabienne Delage, Jean-Pierre Ottaviani, Sylvie Pillon, Didier Haas, Baudouin Arien

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    Within the EUROTRANS 6th Framework Project the AFTRA Sub-Project (Domain 3) is responsible for the development and provision of a data base for the dedicated fuels that will be used in the European Facility for Industrial Transmutation (EFIT). The European R&D for ADS fuels mainly concentrates on CERCER and CERMET oxide fuel forms. MgO and Mo matrices are under close investigation for these composite fuels. AFTRA has made a preliminary recommendation that the CERMET fuel with a Mo matrix is the reference fuel for EFIT, and that the CERCER fuel with a MgO matrix is a back-up solution. The successful development of these fuels represents the corner-stone of the ADT transmuter program. A key issue is the safety behaviour of these innovative fuels. Thus special efforts are devoted to understand the behavior under normal operating and transient conditions. Analysis tools are under development for simulating the key phenomena of these fuels under the boundary condition of a heavy metal coolant and the dynamics of a subcritical source driven system. Pre-design studies for a 400 MWth EFIT have been performed within AFTRA to assess the generic safety performance and identify critical issues.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationActinide and Fission Product Partitioning and Transmutation. Ninth Information Exchange Meeting.
    Place of PublicationParis, France
    StatePublished - 30 Oct 2007
    EventNinth Information Exchange Meeting on Actinide and Fission Product Partitioning and Transmutation. - OECD, Nîmes
    Duration: 25 Sep 200629 Sep 2006


    ConferenceNinth Information Exchange Meeting on Actinide and Fission Product Partitioning and Transmutation.

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